After 17 months of apologizing, kow-towing, bowing and tin-cupping around the world, President Obama has shown his true colors to the international community. Watching Obama’s handling of the BP oil spill shows he’s a negligent manager and a poseur who reflects poorly on America.
President Obama had an opportunity to show the world his management skills and the international team spirit that he often espouses. Peter Drucker, the management guru, recommends that, during a crisis, a good manger communicates directly with involved parties. Instead, almost 50 days into the BP oil crisis, Obama hadn’t found time to speak with Tony Hayward, CEO of BP, a British based company that is also the fourth largest company in the world.
In a spectacular failure of international cooperation, Obama refused the help of the 17 foreign countries that offered assistance. Obama ignored the international spirit of concern for the environment and sympathy for those affected by the disaster. The international community, which previously had believed in Obama’s commitment to “rebrand” America’s image abroad, likely realizes that Obama’s rhetoric was little more than posturing.
Almost 54 days after the U.S.’ rude refusal of that initial offer, Obama, in a humiliating reversal, sent an appeal to other nations requesting assistance. Mexico and the Netherlands have sent aid, but understandably, some countries are a bit miffed with the Obama Administration for its autocratic and mercurial behavior.
Inexplicably, Obama was awarded a Nobel Prize, in advance of any real achievement, for "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples", but when he had an opportunity to act presidential and collaborative in the international arena, and he flubbed it--as he has many times before.