Responsibility and blame

Former Vice President and Senator Joe Biden has a couple of very positive TV commercials on what he will do as president. In the middle of one, he says the definitive line. Paraphrasing, he says:

I will take responsibility and not blame others for my actions.

That is a powerful differentiator between Biden and the current incumbent, who is unaccountable for any decision, action, statement or tweet gone awry. The lack of responsibility and accountability is not new to this president having acted this way all of his life.

Yet, the blaming of others is an equal recurring sin of the president. He must blame others. His fragile ego cannot tolerate criticism.

Whether it is Fauci, Tillerson, Powell, Mattis, Bolton, Obama, McCain, Pelosi, Romney, etc., blame must be heaped upon others, often with a large spoonful of name-calling.

Republican legislators running for office are realizing the weight of the Trump anchor. They are a tad late. In my view, he is the most corrupt and deceitful president in my lifetime, including Richard Nixon. But, even if he was not, he is a poor excuse for a leader, taking credit for anything good and blaming others for anything bad. In business, we used the word “Teflon” to define someone who would not accept responsibility for mistakes.

Let me close with a pre-election story. Trump introduced himself as a possible political candidate by repeatedly beating on President Obama with this “birther” conspiracy. Even after Obama released documents confirming his US birth, Trump and the birthers persisted. This went on for a couple of years. After it became an issue in the campaign, Trump had a press conference to come clean – he then blamed Hillary Clinton for the birther issue because someone had raised the conspiracy in her 2008 campaign, which she dismissed. So, the person who ran with the birther issue for a couple of years, weaseled out of responsibility and blamed Clinton,

There is a TV commercial of a little boy saying “I didn’t do it” throughout. When the over-70 year old president blames someone, think of this little boy.

7 thoughts on “Responsibility and blame

  1. What hit me most during the birther campaign was that President Obama got on with business but supplied proof of his birth and education it didn’t shut Trump up.When he had to admit finally that the proof was there he didn’t once apologise to President Obama who is twice the man and a hundred times the President Trump is.

    • David, so true. The question that must be asked, would Trump have pounded on his chest about the birther issue if Obama were not half-Black. Trump uses dog whistle and outright racism to stir up folks. I would argue Obama is way more than twice the man of this incumbent. A man is accountable, so is a woman. The president acts more like a toddler than a man. Keith

  2. His constant attempt to blame others could explain why his first two wives divorced him, and by the look on her face, the third would like to do so. I have a son, now 48 years old, who is very much like that. When something goes wrong, he looks around to see who he can blame. One time when he was 13-14, he went fishing with his older cousin. He came back drunker than a skunk and when I lit into him, he told me it was my own fault for letting him go in the first place! Bad enough, but when such a person is responsible for the lives of 330 million people, it is disastrous.

    • Jill, these fans of Trump would not tolerate the way he behaves if they worked for him or were around him long. If they worked for him, they would get their resume together. If they worked with him, they would use avoidance.

      I worked with a narcissistic person for several years. A colleague asked why I did not go to lunch with him and my answer was brief. “Because I don’t want to hear him bitching about people.” She understood.


      • That’s for sure! ‘Tis why the administration has basically been a revolving door ever since he took office. I think Kellyanne may be the only one who has stuck it out for the entire term.

        I worked for a boss who was like that … he would invite me to lunch and then either gossip or ask for gossip about other employees throughout the company. The final straw was one day over lunch he asked me to tell him who in the company was gay! I refused, and from that day forward I made sure I had an excuse as to why I didn’t have time to go out to lunch.

      • Jill, you caught on to this man. You reminded me of a story of a colleague who went to dinner with a new senior executive, our boss and another senior person. The new executive shared gossip and wanted gossip. When the other senior person left the table, she wanted to talk about him. My friend said “I was scared to go to the restroom.” Keith

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