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Friday, September 09, 2005

The Buck Stops Where?

As I reflect on the events of the last two weeks, I can't help but wonder the response of one of our former Presidents, who I think exemplified leadership at its best--Harry S. Truman. Of course, President Truman had a great sign on his desk that said, "The Buck Stops Here." In his farewell address to America President Truman reportedly said:

"The President--whoever he is--has to decide. He can't pass the buck to anybody. No one else can do the deciding for him. That's his job."

How refreshing a concept in today's political climate of finger pointing, and responsibility avoidance taken to new heights by the Bush administration. It seems to me there is one person ultimately responsible for the safety and welfare of the American people and this great nation. That person is the President of the United States. Mr. Bush can whine and complain all he wants that everyone else in the world is to blame for the shortcomings of the federal response to Katrina's aftermath; however, at the end of the day, he can't avoid the ultimate responsibility--particularly in light of the fact it was he who created a separate cabinet department, the responsibility of which is to provide disaster relief and response in this exact scenario.

My best response to Mr. Bush, and his advisors, is actually another response from President Truman:

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Long gone are the days where true statesmen occupied the leadership positions in the White House and the halls of Congress. One can only hope for a return to more dignified and responsible leadership in this country. I suspect the earliest that will posssibly happen is after the next election.


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