Friday, October 08, 2004

Second Presidential Debate

Sharon and I watched the second presidential debate. Bush clearly did better than the he did in the first debate. Personally, I would score the debate a draw. I expect that Bush's stronger performance will erode some of the momentum that Kerry has had over the last ten days.

One of my problems with Bush is highlighted by the question that asked "please give three instances in which you made a wrong decision and how you corrected them." Bush refuses to ever take responsibility for anything that goes wrong. Wallen and I had this conversation on the boat ramp over cocktails at Almanor.

As someone who has spent 20 years managing groups of people, I believe in the Harry Truman approach of "The Buck Stops Here". I believe that the person at the top has to be able to say that I recognize that we made some mistakes, I take responsibility for those mistakes and I am going to work hard to make sure that we do not make those mistakes again. I believe you have to be able to acknowledge the explicit mistakes that have been made. Bush's response of "appointments to boards you never heard of" does not cut it with me.

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