10 Presidential Traits Every Man Should Have – From Schoolboi’s Playground

I am working on a post expressing what I hope black youth will gain from the presidency of Barack Obama.   In the meantime I wanted to share this one I got from Schoolboi’s Playground’s Blog.   I thought this was excellent and well worth remembering for all of us. 

10 Presidential Traits Every Man Should Have

1. Respect – Even the biggest asshole deserves some type of respect. You have to give some to get some.

2. Patience – We’ve all heard that patience is a virtue but not many of us have mastered it. Learn to not to panic and see how the cloud of confusion can drift away.

3. Open-mindedness – Want good advice? Go to someone you usually disagree with. He may just surprise you.

4. Enthusiasm – The best ideas draw the most criticism. Maintain your passion and your smile, and others will want to join your cause.

5. Accountability – The bigger the blunder, the greater the apology.

6. Humility – Knowing your weaknesses is just as important as touting your strengths.

7. Empathy
– Judge others in the context of their worlds, not yours.

8. Responsibility
– It doesn’t matter if you’re commander-in-chief or branch manager: If you don’t know what your troops are doing, you’re probably too far removed from the battlefield.

9. Initiative – Always talk more about what you want to do than what you’ve already done. The only person who cares about your résumé is the guy copying it at Staples.

10. Diplomacy
– A conflict-free resolution is the only sure way to avoid lasting collateral damage.

Obama gets the click!

    Pre-election Obama makes a slightly smoother call.

Oh the times we live in today.   Our President Elect attempts to reach out to a Florida republican congresswoman via telephone and was abruptly hung up on…….. twice.

Congresswoman Illeana Ros-Lehtinen was initially told by an aide that Obama wanted to speak with her.  She took the call and after hearing his voice said, “This is a joke from one of the South Florida radio stations known for these pranks.”   Then she ended the call.

Soon afterwards, Rahm Emmanuel, Obama’s pending Chief of Staff called her as well to tell her that it was indeed the President Elect.   She didn’t believe him either so he got the click too!  LOL

Obama persisted having Howard Berman chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee phone her.  After an exchange of recouting things only the two of them would know, she conceded and took the call from Obama.

I can’t say I blame the congresswoman.  In these days of “Punked” and crank calls on morning radio, one can’t be too careful less he/she looks like Sarah Palin when she thought she was talking to the French President – only to find she was talking to silly ass DJ’s.