You'll have to forgive me if my mind wanders to matters some might deem immaterial at the moment, but as the managing editor of PRWeek, I cannot help but give President Obama an immeasurable amount of credit right now.
I was sitting at my breakfast table on Sunday morning having just seen the highlights of President Obama's performance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday Night. I won't bore you with too many details, but from his use of Hulk Hogan's theme song, "Real American" to his "birth video" (a clip from "The Lion King"), the President reminded us all of his wonderful gift of gab. He took on the big, bad Donald and scored a TKO.
Little did any of us know the circumstances under which he delivered his remarks.
About 24 hours later, Obama addressed the nation with news a decade in the making – a Herculean effort by US special forces had resulted in the killing of Osama bin Laden. As we found out, this particular mission began in earnest last August with the first bit of intelligence as to the whereabouts of al-Qaeda's leader. Months went by, facts were corroborated and re-corroborated, until the day justice was ultimately served – May 1, 2011.
Our leaders – be it in the corporate world, political arena, or what have you – are expected to communicate effectively at all times. However, while I support that notion 100%, we do need to remember these are human beings who might be dealing with major issues that are completely unknown to us. Can you imagine Obama having to deal with the Trump sideshow and the demand to be reasonably funny at a press dinner while in the back, front, and center of his mind he knew history was about to made? And not just history. This was to be one of those "I remember exactly where I was when....." moments.
Obama often gets credit for being an amazing communicator, but this past weekend he gave a master class on the subject – all while Trump was questioning his grades. Forget the TKO. This judge just changed his mind. It was a clear-cut knockout and we don't need a rematch.