So, it appears campaign season is under way in earnest. Mr. Obama officially kicked off the festivities in Virginia and Ohio yesterday, and we saw our first Mitt-scorcher on Denver TV a couple days ago. I’ve been thinking about the Obama administration’s performance to date for a few months, and perhaps now is as good a time as any to summarize what I think has been the dominant theme of his presidency.
My home state, North Carolina, has a wonderful motto: esse quam videri – to be, rather than to seem. Continue reading
We live in an age when professional sports coaches go to great lengths to protect their players from the media and avoid airing dirty laundry. Inculcating an us versus them mentality can build team unity and make players more loyal to his team.
NBA coach Stan Van Gundy of the Orlando Magic threw such concerns to the wind with his infamous Dwight Howard-wants-me-fired press conference. But he was likely at wit’s end. Another NBA coach, albeit interim, Mike Woodson of the New York Knicks, has yet to reach Van Gundy’s incendiary heights. But he seems to feel no need protect his players from the media, even though New York is the media capital of the world. Continue reading