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The Next President

Original post made by The Cohen brother, Old Palo Alto, on Apr 22, 2007

A leader has to show CURIOSITY. He has to listen to people outside of the "Yes, sir" crowd in his inner circle. He has to read voraciously, because the world is a big, complicated place. George W. Bush brags about never reading a newspaper. "I just scan the headlines," he says. Am I hearing this right? He's the President of the United States and he never reads a newspaper? Thomas Jefferson once said, "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate for a moment to prefer the latter." Bush disagrees. As long as he gets his daily hour in the gym, with Fox News piped through the sound system, he's ready to go.

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Posted by GSB
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 22, 2007 at 7:10 pm

Hmmm...lots of use of the work "he" and "his".


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 22, 2007 at 8:34 pm

How about must heve extensive experience in foreign affairs representing US interestes, not the interests of our enemies [even if they are really good dancers] and must also play the concert Grand? Stanford experience a definite plus.


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 22, 2007 at 10:52 pm

Knowing they way around the kitchen and a good jump shot would also be helpful.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 23, 2007 at 6:29 am

The editors must be sleeping to let that sexist, racist comment by "Citizen" to stand.


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Posted by Hello?
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 23, 2007 at 6:40 am


Stanford?!

Have you forgotten that Stanford plans to welcome back Senior Hoover Institute fellow Condeleezza "Mushroom Cloud Bin Laden Determined to Strike Inside USA" Rice in 2009.

Dr. Ferragamo plans to "write books".


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Posted by Dave
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 23, 2007 at 7:09 am

The next president should get rid of bad and incompetent choices, even if he/she made them. The worse a cabinet member is, the more Bush will express'full confidence'.Examples: Rumsfeld, Gonzales, Condi, etc. On the other hand, he fired his first decertary of the tressuary, the most competent member of his cabinet, because he told him things he didn't want to hear. Anothe must for the next president:don't hire anybody from the Hoover Institute.


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Posted by Albert
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 23, 2007 at 7:46 am

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

Perhaps because of his baseball background, George W. Bush (aka "the Decider") is a master at this. Regardless of the consequences, make a decision, any decision. This is about leadership.

The next president better realize that it's often better not to go down a road, especially when you don't know where its leading. Going down a road just to be macho would often result in a catastroph.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 23, 2007 at 11:20 am

How about natural rhythm?
Dave's comment outlines the only consistent democrat policy outside of raising taxes and surrendering - hound effectives out of office.


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Posted by Dave
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 23, 2007 at 12:50 pm

Oh yes, Gonzales, Condi and Rumsfeld, those great models of competense and effectiveness. John McCain called Rumsfeld the worst secretery of defense in US history. If he hadn't been running for president, he would have added that the other two were the worst ever in their respective jobs as well.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 23, 2007 at 1:49 pm

Rumsfeld managed the quickest, least deadly victory in US history. Dr. Rice has to cross bridges built by others. Nice to see you adhere to the Southern tradition of refering to a Black woman by her first name. Thanks for not calling her a hankey-head, I guess. Gonzales is far superior to Reno, which I guess is faint praise. McCain's opinion means little to me. I honor his service, but cannot understand his nuzzling up to the party that put him in prison.


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Posted by Hello?
a resident of Professorville
on Apr 23, 2007 at 3:40 pm

One wonders what Dr. Ferragamo will do for fun when thousands of her fellow countrymen aren't floating face down in the water.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 23, 2007 at 3:47 pm

What about Hilary. Isn't she always referred to by her first name?


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Posted by D
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 23, 2007 at 4:45 pm

Walter,
You're wrong about Rice, Gonzales, and Rumsfeld. I hereby declare victory in this forum. My mission is accomplished. Thanks for greeting me with flowers and sweets, Walter.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 23, 2007 at 7:59 pm

I guess you will celebrate your "victory" with your usual cross burning?


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Posted by Sillaw_E_Retlaw
a resident of another community
on Apr 23, 2007 at 10:21 pm

Dear Palo Alto Online Staff,

Do you archive all the discussions? I would be curious to see an article about the posts you removed or edited.


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