Change doesn’t come from Washington. Change comes to Washington.
Barack Obama, Democratic National Committee speech, Aug. 28, 2008
President Obama went to the White House promising a new way of doing business in Washington, D.C. But … that sure has not happened.
The scandals and the spin are dominating the news. His opponents have celebrated the scandals like dogs rolling in mud—and who can blame them? His staffers are whispering justifications in his ear and spinning everything madly to the public.
The truth, as in most things, probably lies in between the poles.
If the president truly wants to change the way Washington operates, this is his golden opportunity.
He needs to summon every head of staff to a great conference and knock those heads together. "This stops now," must say the president who promised change. "Get to the root, be transparent, tell the citizens as quickly as possible … within 30 days … where these problems started and how they are stopped."
If he does not do something strong upon those lines, then Washington has not changed and it will not change. The jaundiced voters will be excused if they don’t want to visit the polls next time. The same ol’, same ol’ is not inspiring.