Former President Barack Obama has many traits worth emulating, both in the world of politics and in the world of business. For that reason, he was recently invited to a Las Vegas tech conference to discuss his decision-making process during his tenure in the Oval Office.
Business Insider reports that Obama’s final guideline to the conference goers was simple: insist that people deliver bad news quickly and are not punished for honest mistakes.
“No one in my White House ever got in trouble for screwing up as long there wasn’t malicious intent behind it,” he said.
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It’s a rule President “Art of the Deal” should consider trying, at least according to Obama, because he attributes that final piece of his process to his scandal-free White House – and used it as an opportunity to mock the current occupant of that historic building.
“And there wasn’t any malicious intent, which is why I didn’t have scandals, which seems like it shouldn’t be something you brag about. But actually, if you look at the history of the modern presidency, coming out of the modern presidency without anybody going to jail is really good. It’s a big deal.”
The rest of Obama’s points made at the Wednesday conference hosted by identity security company Okta was no kinder to Trump or his governing style – but it’s not because Obama was roasting the orange buffoon.
It’s because Trump thrives in chaos whereas Obama functions in order.
For example, Obama believed in listening to his constituents before making decisions, a tact Trump claims to employ but it’s all for show and never in action.
“Before you start wanting to change everything,” Obama instructed, “spend time talking to people you want to change or whose lives are going to be disrupted.”
He also reminded those in attendance that there is never a singular right answer to a problem, a stark contrast to Trump who deals exclusively in absolutes:
“I used to describe the nature of the presidency as having to make decisions about issues that nobody else could solve or are basically insolvable or at least not perfectly solvable. By definition, if a problem had an obvious solution to it, somebody else would have solved it before it got to me.”
Trump could really benefit from listening to Obama instead of unravelling eight years of accomplishments. After all, Trump is embroiled in scandal after scandal, to the point where “breaking” news concerning him is when he shows an ounce of humanity.
Obama, as he pointed out in his tech speech, ran a scandal-free White House for two terms. Except for the tan suit – never forget the day the world fell apart because of Obama’s early-90’s wardrobe flashback.
Thank goodness he never carried on multiple affairs with various adult film actresses while his third wife was pregnant with his fifth child. Maybe then Obama’s legacy would mean something to the “family values” conservatives out there.