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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:13 AM

“Obama is a preparation freak....He makes his own luck."

This whole article is good...

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/11/08/fortunate-one.html

Fortunate One
Nov 8, 2012 10:58 AM EST
David Klaidman

Sure, Obama’s lucky. He also relentlessly seizes his chances and makes every one of them count.


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The commando operation that led to the death of Osama bin Laden has been characterized by some as Obama’s greatest stroke of fortune. After all, had it gone awry, it could have been a catastrophe for Obama’s presidency and American morale. But in many ways the raid on Abbottabad, Pakistan, was the classic example of opportunity meeting preparation. First, a strong argument can be made that the chance to get bin Laden only came about because Obama personally reenergized the hunt. Bin Laden’s trail had gone cold, and the Bush administration’s efforts had grown listless. Almost as soon as he came into office, Obama got the word out that finding bin Laden was a top priority. He began pushing his national-security team to come up with creative, new approaches to the manhunt, and once the intelligence community received its first big break, Obama and his team pursued a data-driven review of their options that would have made Romney proud. The final decision to launch the assault was not a cavalier role of the dice; it was a calculated risk backed up by one of the most elaborate and meticulous intelligence operations in American history.

The killing of bin Laden was a stunning military and moral victory for the country. But for Obama, governing at a time of such extreme partisan animus and still coping with a torpid economy, a second term was hardly assured. No president since 1936 had won reelection with unemployment above 7.2 percent. Once again, however, Obama was blessed by the weakness of his rivals. And once again he had the skill to exploit it.

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Romney’s most important self-inflicted wound came in the form of the infamous “47 percent” video, in which he wrote off nearly half the electorate as moochers. Uncanny good luck for Obama? Partly. But the president had also carefully prepared to take advantage of this kind of divine intervention. Going back to the earliest days of the campaign, Obama and his political team had decided their best plan of attack against Romney was to paint him as an avatar of the 1 percent, the Thurston Howell of the private-equity business. The tape played right into a narrative that the Obama campaign had already laid down—giving it instant resonance. “It reinforced the whole case they had spent months laying the foundation for,” says David Corn, the Mother Jones reporter who broke the story.

One of the key traits that allows Obama to capitalize on good fortune is his tendency to take the long view of politics. The Colin Powell endorsement is a case in point. The general’s benediction came at the best possible moment, as Obama was trying to build steam heading into the last two weeks of the campaign. In that sense, it may have appeared lucky. But Obama had been consulting with Powell closely throughout his term. The two men met frequently in quiet White House sessions on a wide range of national-security issues, sometimes to the consternation of the Pentagon brass. There are few Washington wise men with whom the president is closer. Powell’s endorsement was likely not in question— only its timing.

As Republicans lick their wounds in the wake of their electoral drubbing, they may be tempted to blame their woes on Obama’s luck. But that would be self-defeating. They’d be better off finding solace in the fact this is the last time they’ll have to run against Barack Obama, a man who is so skilled at both creating and seizing on good fortune. “Obama is a preparation freak,” says one member of his cabinet, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “He makes his own luck.”

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babylonsister Nov 2012 OP
yellerpup Nov 2012 #1
Arkana Nov 2012 #2
patricia92243 Nov 2012 #3
Frank Cannon Nov 2012 #4
politicaljunkie41910 Nov 2012 #6
satxdem Nov 2012 #7
SalviaBlue Nov 2012 #9
Marymarg Nov 2012 #5
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:19 AM

1. The harder you work, the more luck you make.

Fortune cookie truth!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:24 AM

2. I take only one issue with this article.

I don't dispute that when Obama prepares he more often than not has good luck.

But where was the preparedness for that debate in Denver? I put it to you now--if he had not self-destructed there, we would not have had the whole "Mittmentum" conversation for the entire month of October.

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Response to Arkana (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:30 AM

3. I still say that in some future date we will find out he was sick or something - migraine? low blood

sugar?

There has to be a valid reason that someone - anyone - does something that is completly different from what they have done their whole life.

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Response to Arkana (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 08:33 AM

4. Mitt completely changed his game for that debate.

The President did come prepared for that debate, just not for that particular one. I thought he handled it quite adroitly, under the circumstances.

But he used what he learned in that debate to hand Mitt his ass in the next two.

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Response to Arkana (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:56 AM

6. In the first debate, there was a calculated decision by his campaign advisors at the last minute

to not go negative, because it would hurt his likability factor, and he didn't, even though they done so in some of the debate practices. They guessed wrong.

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Response to politicaljunkie41910 (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 02:50 PM

7. not exactly

Obama's likeabilty actually did help him in the election, so maybe they we're right and we all we're wrong. Besides a lot of women, including my mother and me thought Obama was fine and we thought romney was rude, a bit testy, and sweaty.

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Response to satxdem (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 04:23 PM

9. I so agree with you.

Rmoney was an arrogant, rude, bully who lied his ass off through the whole first debate. Obama won that debate hands down.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:40 AM

5. Irony

I find it so deliciously ironic that the Republicans in 2008 made fun of Obama's experience as a community organizer. Those skills played a large part in his brilliant strategy to defeat them.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 04:15 PM

8. Obama should be the head of the DNC in 2017

Between his organizational skills and the way he prepares, down to the minutest detail, he's the ideal guy to run the national Democratic Party.

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