Barack Obama meet Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross!
It is not often these days that we see acts of political leadership, integrity, and honesty.
Just look at the scandals involving the IRS, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and Obamacare.
While the political news has been wall to wall coverage of the failures, lies, excuses, and denials of the president and Democrats on Obamacare, the sports world has been consumed by the controversy surrounding the Miami Dolphins involving player Richie Incognito’s race-laced texts and other “bullying” conduct toward black teammate Jonathan Martin.
There are similarities and differences in both situations. Because of the actions of Obama and his administration, his poll numbers are in a free-fall showing that Americans are losing faith in his leadership.
Similarly, once proud Miami Dolphin fans and many sports writers are disillusioned and disappointed over the recent bullying scandal.
The main difference in the two situations is the response of the respective bosses — Obama for the administration and Ross for the Dolphins.
Obama’s response to his numerous scandals is run, dodge, deny, delay, and lead from behind leaving explanations to cronies. His style of leadership is “hear and see no evil” and “bring me no problems.”
Ross is just the opposite — take charge, accept responsibility and find out what went wrong.
Unlike Obama and most Democrats who continue to make excuses and wait until the last possible minute before even thinking of apologizing to Americans for the growing Obamacare fiasco, Ross took immediate responsibility: “We want to get to the bottom of it. We want to hear what all the real facts are . . . We need to look at ourselves. We have to examine everything internally.”
And perhaps, his most important comment: “I apologize to the fans for being in this position.”
He went on to say that there was no room for the use of racial slurs in the locker room and has taken steps to rectify the situation which has put a cloud over the Miami Dolphins organization including: asking the NFL to conduct an independent investigation and naming an outside committee to make recommendations which includes former Dolphin’s head coach Don Shula and quarterback Dan Marino and former head coach Tony Dungy and Dolphin all-pro Jason Taylor.
Saying that “we live in a changing world” and that that the bullying conduct goes against what he believes in, Ross showed class and leadership.
Why the difference?
Ross is from the private sector which does not tolerate inefficiency, scandal, irresponsibility, and lack of accountability; where the best government is that which governs least; and, where marketplace forces, competition and the people call the plays.
Obama on the other hand, and his Democratic cohorts, are “Big Mama” government proponents where there is little accountability; government knows what’s best for the people; and apologies are as rare as snow in the Dolphins’ Sun Life Stadium.
In the political world, the public is showing Obama, as many Democrats fear, that their conduct and lack of accountability not only means dropping poll numbers but also the possibility losing in 2014.
In the world of professional sports, Ross knows that failure to act, accept responsibility and end controversy can mean loss of team morale, reputation, and fan support and ticket sales.
While Ross moved quickly to stop the bleeding, treat and heal the Dolphins’ wounds in Miami, Obama and his team in Washington can’t even find, let alone repair, their wounds.
Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns and has appeared on many national and local media outlets. Read more reports from Clarence V. McKee — Click Here Now.
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