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“Barack Obama electrified the Democratic convention in 2004 with his speech and his oratory was a significant factor in his winning first the Democratic nomination and then the presidency. Indeed, some of his opponents accused him of being too much about words. How ironic, then, that as I look back at Obama’s first year in office, what is most notable is this administration’s failure to craft compelling messages frequently repeated–to control or at least significantly influence how the nation views its most pressing issues.”

– Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer takes President Obama to task for his inability to articulate the pressing matters of the day to the American people. Pfeffer wrote in his “On Leadership” column in the Washington Post. Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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