The Political Game Obama Should Play

My favoite candidate is Barack Obama. He is now engaged in the political game, seeking re-election. The arena he chooses to play in is the playing field of the “rally”, here and there, helter-skelter cheer-leading sessions. He is the agent, the player executing the coach’s plan. But he happens also to be the coach. Okay, I will be the referee. Obama has many fans in the stands waiting patiently for him to do what he does best, rather than act like a cheer-leader for his game.

I am the acting referee, self appointed, but I know when he is breaking the Obama book of rules, and I want to blow the whistle on him. He is not a rah-rah cheerleader for himself. He is not the player playing the game he is best at. He takes his game to raucous rallies to play the role of cheerleader. I can see he relishes that role. BUT, as a player in the political game, that is not the best employment of his agency skills. That is like a quarterback wanting to play the game of the lineman.

What, then, is his best strategy for him to win the game?

I have heard him give speeches. The man is an orator in the long tradition of speech-giving, standing before a large audience, producing a collection of words threaded on a single strand like pearls on a string, pearls of high style and wisdom that bring the political sense of his arguments to the silent audience hungering for the plan for their future as his leadership will work to make it happen.

Why does he deny his best self-presentation?

Instead of those political ads costing millions with no audience he can see to no certain result, just thrown out there willy-nilly, every which way— chance, switching to the game of the lottery, hoping to win—

THE MAN IS AN ORATOR! THAT’S HIS GAME! AND HE’S NOT PLAYING IT! And I am the referee throwing the yellow flag on him. The penalty may be the cause of his losing the game.

He should take his millions and buy time for a nation-wide speech, laying out his plan, as he stands before a silent audience.

I heard him speak to the United Nations. I heard his speech to the Arabs. I heard him speak on Benghazi. I have heard him speak as often as I could in many places on many occasions. He does it well. That is his true game. He is the agent of his re-election. Let’s hear it, Mr. President.

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