He’s been on vacation for two weeks in Hawaii, out of reach of
mainstream media who were confined to the other side of the island. The
public hasn’t heard from Obama since his press conferences announcing
his cabinet picks, and even then the were carefully controlled so the
press had no chance to really question him.

So……on what are the pundits basing a public opinon poll of Obama’s leadership skills?

A national poll suggests that three-quarters of the
public thinks President-elect Barack Obama is a strong and decisive
leader, the highest marks for a president-elect on that characteristic
in nearly three decades.

But he hasn’t done anything yet.

“The public’s rating of his leadership skills is already
as high as George W. Bush’s was after 9/11 and easily beats the numbers
that both Bush and Bill Clinton got at the start of their first terms
in office.”

I want him to succeed, too. But on what are they basing this opinion poll?! He doesn’t have leadership skills yet. They are projecting on him what they hope for.

Eight in ten Americans said Obama inspires confidence,
can get things done and is tough enough to be president, three
characteristics Americans look for in a leader and the three qualities
on which Obama got his highest scores.

He also gets higher marks than Bush did in 2001 on honesty, values, issues, management abilities and compassion.

Great. Let’s re-visit this seriously after he has taken office and
begun to make some decisions. Becuase there’s no down time here. The
rubber meets the road right now, and we want to know how he will
respond. All goodwill currency he bought in the campaign season is
cashed in as soon as he takes office.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....