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Like-ability Doesn't Mean Getting The Job Done

Updated on July 31, 2012

The word - like-ability - in the headline isn't meant to say that a person being likable equates to them having the "ability" to get the job done. Such is the case with Barack Hussein Obama. I keep seeing polls about how likable Obama is. However "like" doesn't mean he has the qualifications, or experience, to be able to manage this nation effectively. In fact, what we can clearly see is that he cannot cut the mustard when it comes to being a chief executive officer.

It has been pointed out, and many times proven, that if people choose their leaders the best qualified aren't necessarily chosen to get the job. Then the likable person is faced with trying to do a job they are unqualified for. That is what our nation has put up with for close to four years now in the form of Barack H. Obama. Choosing a leader based upon the cult of personality, or charisma for that matter, more often than not results in less than stellar results.

The first instance I will use has to do with make believe. Everyone remembers Erkel and most people couldn't help but like the little fella even though he was a complete idiot and proved it over and over many times. His like-ability was harmless but we weren't going to be stupid enough to let him be in charge of so much as a lemonade stand much less the most powerful nation on earth.

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The next comparison is a bit more ominous and is being made strictly from a historical perspective concerning how a likable person, having the oratorical ability of persuasion, can become very popular with the people. The possibility exists for that person to become a Pied Piper for disaster. That person was Adolph Hitler. He rose to power based upon his ability, as a powerful orator, to use nothing more than rhethoric to persuade the German people that if they followed him he would lead them out of harms way. You can either see the parallel between what Obama promised four years ago and the skilled oratory of Hitler or deny it and call people a racist or whatever. Hitler was a racist. I am not.

The parallel deserves examination. One was a house painter and the other's claim to fame was as a community organizer. That equates to being a rabble rouser in my minds's eye. Though both could "tell a good story" neither of them had the business experience, knowledge of economics nor foreign policy experience to lead a nation effectively. Both convinced the masses to let them have a period of "on-the-job" training in order to get up to speed in leading a powerful nation. In either case, the people's ear's got bent by empty promises, sometimes just out right lies, knowing exactly what the people needed, and wanted, to hear at the time. Both men over promised but by doing so they both became very likable.

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Seems odd doesn't it that after watching this administration flounder around like a fish out of water for over three years that people need to be reminded that we shouldn't elect anyone to run a nation based upon a popularity contest? Being popular doesn't equate to being competent. Being likable doesn't have much to do with competence either. But polls are showing that, as a question, is being asked. Who is more likable Romney or Obama? Who cares? McCain was leaping tall buildings at a single bound experience wise compared to Obama who has none. But Obama convinced too many people that he had all the answers when he had nothing but a hot teleprompter telling him what needed to be said.

The head scratcher is that people polled believe 2 to 1 that Mitt Romney, based upon his executive and business experience alone, is far better qualified to deal with the nation's economic problems than the current inhabitant of the White House. Obama has spent $100 million attempting to discredit Romney's business experience and his time with Bain Capital. But 63% of respondents feel Romney has better qualifications than Obama. A mere 29% put that label on Obama.

There was a roll reversal when the like-ability question was asked. That does indeed say something about how Americans would rather be entertained than pay close attention. There has to be a difference between entertainment and the ability and qualifications to get the job done as President of the United States. It would be nice to have both but which one is more important to the overall health, wealth and welfare of the American tax payer? It is sad when the last Presidential debates took a back seat to American Idol and Dancing With The Stars.

Two Likable Buffoons But...

I liken it to going to the doctor. If I go to the doctor, even though I happen to like the guy but he can't fix what the ailment is I will go find another doctor who can. The same would apply to just about all everyday tasks we do. We generally seek competence even though we might find someone very likable, we still seek out the person who can deal with the issues we face.

I'm not sure why that doesn't apply to politicians but looking around at the incompetence of our public servants, maybe we need to find better servants or at least those who can do what they are told to do when we send them there. Just because you like Obama is one thing. Go have a beer with him and yuck it up. When it comes to running this nation you have now seen how his like-ability doesn't equate to the sheer ability to run this nation's economy.

Just because you like someone doesn't mean they are qualified to be the POTUS. Just because they like you doesn't mean you are either. Afterall, it is the economy stupid.

As Always,

The Frog Prince

Remember In November!


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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      The Frog Prince

      In the discussion we are missing an important factor to be considered in the coming election. One must note that Congress makes legislation which afterward the President signs into law.

      The Democrats have controlled 2/3s of the government since Jan. 2007. The country needs to reverse the trend, having a President who works with Congress will turn the economy around quickly.

      THIS ELECTION will determine the direction of the country for the future.

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      TFTP - Being retired myself I concur. Ron Paul wants to gut the military so I checked that box on him.


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      TheFewTheProud 5 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      @ Dwight:

      As a retired Marine officer, I have many friends that are active, former, and retired military. None of them, not even one of them, supports Ron Paul or even thinks he would make a decent, let alone, good CIC.

      It's amazing that Obama supporters think Romney is not trustworthy, but Obama is?

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      Nick Hanlon 5 years ago from Chiang Mai

      You wouldn't have liked Vincent Van Gogh.Kurt Cobain was moody,non-communicative and always going off to the nearest drug dealer.I could go on and on here...

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa


      Just a reminder of what failure looks like.


      President Barack Obama – [ F ] Address to Joint Session of Congress

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I don't know if people like him or not, but with no real opposition -- he may just wind up being president again. We must get out there and vote to make a difference, let's give someone else a chance of making mistakes!

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      DwightMann 5 years ago

      Hey there Mister FP

      I do not want Øbama by any means. But you still have to make a choice, and I would prefer to support the only real Paulitician. This man cares about what is happening, and he has a track record to prove that he does not flip flop. I find that refreshing, and I will support Ron Paul until the day of the election.

      Look I have little erudition, but I do know the difference between right and wrong, and Romney is the other side of the Øbama coin. Who needs that, and the GOP has proven to be complicit in making sure that the media and all that do not give RP the support that he deserves.

      What is a constitutionalist Libertarian, conservative to do?

      I am sure that Romney is a great guy, but he is not trustworthy, and that is what I hear from the Øbama supporters that I know. They will not vote for Romney. At least they like Ron Paul for a lot of different reasons, mainly the idea of the constitution and liberty being the tantamount to saving this Republic.

      Hey and I have been meaning to tell you how much I like your hat. I have one just like it, that I made up over 20 years ago out in California. I will send you a picture of me in it just as soon as I find one.

      You are an excellent writer, I wish that I had a talent such as yours.

      I fact I have difficulty communicating ideas in such a pointed way. Thats another story though.

      Keep up the great work!

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Dwight - I replied to a version of your post on "That's Racist." This is not the election to cast a meaningless ballot during the general election. Unless you care to see Obama return to office.

      The Frog

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      TSAD 5 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Yeah, well Obama pulled in crowds in 2008 - guess that isn't the best reason to vote for anyone, is it - but you seem to think it is, yeah lets all be crowd followers. Think about that.

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      DwightMann 5 years ago

      I am dismayed at the shenanigans that the GOP have played in the primaries, along with the media, and Donald Trump. They repeat the same slogan. . . Ron Paul is unelectable. I understand that Donald trump is going to charged with RICO violations, along with George Soros.

      They all said that Romney was the winner in Iowa, when in reality Ron Paul won.

      Ron Paul commands 4-10k people per speaking engagement, while Romney brings in 200, and half of that is paid security.

      The military and the youth of this county support Paul overwhelmingly. What is wrong with the rest of us?

      I am still in the Ron Paul camp, as it really is the best place to be. . .

      Think about it!

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      KT - I have to echo what Jon advises and add this. This is the most important election I have seen in my lifetime. It will determine if this country is heading toward socialism or reversing the course Obama has set it upon. If you care about this nation, which you know that I do, you will vote and encourage everyone you know to vote. Take 5 people to the polls the day you go.

      We started the correction in the 2010 election and still have much work to do. As you may know by now, Ted Cruz won the Senate run-off here in our home state. Did I vote? You can bet I did and I voted for Cruz.

      Keep the faith KT :)

      The Frog Prince

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      KT Banks

      Don't allow the radicals and illegals to take away your right to have your vote count. The problems we have today is that many have felt the same way you feel. In Nov, you can get '' even'', cast your vote. In Democrat Chicago, they cast a vote sometimes 4 times. something like what Acorn champions. Let's not forget Acorn, that's President Obama’s old boss when he was a community organizer in Chicago.

      Vote, it's a privilege and a right as a citizen, don't waste it.

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      TSAD 5 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Why do people like him? but not his policies? Gee, could that be explained by the media whitewash? oh nooooo!

      In an interview with Mitt Romney in London on Wednesday, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams grilled the Republican candidate about releasing more tax returns: "People hear he's not going to release the rest of his returns and they wonder why. They wonder, is there a year there where he paid no taxes? They wonder about expensive horses and houses....what is it that is preventing you from releasing the rest of your returns?"

      In another question designed to portray Romney as secretive, Williams quoted New York Times columnist David Brooks exclaiming: "[Romney] has an amazing personal story....He can't talk about it because it involves Mormonism. He is personally a decent guy. For some reason he's not willing to talk about it. He's a hidden man." Williams fretted: "Are you a hidden man?"

      In contrast, when then-candidate Barack Obama traveled overseas in the summer of 2008, Williams sounded like an adoring fan as he gushed over the Democratic Senator's speech in Berlin: "When an American politician comes to Berlin, we've had some iconic utterances in the past. We've had 'ich bin ein.' We've had 'Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.' Is the phraseology that you would like remembered, 'people of Berlin, people of the world, this is our moment, this is our time'?"

      On Wednesday, Williams wrapped up his interview with Romney by asking about potential vice presidential picks in the most obnoxious way possible: "So here's a Republican official familiar with your campaign selection process, told the folks at Politico you are looking for a, quote, 'incredibly boring white guy' for your vice presidential nominee. Can you confirm or deny?" Romney quipped back: "You told me you were not available."

      Good one!... Romney - 1....Media - 500!

      it is disgusting how Brian Williams treats Obama (who at the time had dear friends like racist Rev. Wright, terrorist Bill Ayers, convicted felon Tony Rezko, and various other socialist and even communist [Frank Davis] friends and leanings) compared to how he couched his interview of Romney - and that is just typical of all the liberal media...gee, is Obama really such a likable fella? You have to know the truth first to make that decision and the media does a good job daily to keep it from you.

      Go here and watch the two interviews -

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      Stu 5 years ago

      Frog, sadly, you nailed it right on the head. We the People have largely become brain dead. We don't look for experience, skills, voting records, intelligence, and good stuff like that. The people who really win elections meet the following stupid criteria:

      (1) They are tall.

      (2) They are handsome.

      (3) They speak well.

      (4) They are lean.

      (5) They have calm deportment under pressure.

      (6) They sound authoritative.

      (7) They have so-called "WASPY" facial features.

      But my answer is, who the f**k cares? What matters is experience, skills, courage, and the tenacity to do the right thing, even if the right thing temporarily upsets the public. High public officials don't have the job of doing what the public wants; their job is to do what the public SHOULD want (America is a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy). High public officials have the same essential jobs as doctors; you go to them for EXPERTISE, not a tape recording of your own thoughts.

      At the end of the day, the only good politician is a Constitutional iconoclast. Apart from Jim DeMint, Ron Paul, and Michele Bachmann, I'm speechless as to who I can unwaveringly support. Pretty sad in a 535 member Congressional body.

      Your essay was excellent, but at the same time depressing. No offense of course, but as I said, the real issue isn't the pol's - the real issue is what We the People set as such low bars for them.

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      DwightMann 5 years ago

      The only thing I even find remotely likable about this Øbamanus, is the fact that I can turn him off at anytime.

      I refuse to listen to the liar in Chief blather about anything. . .

      Good stuff!

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      KT Banks 5 years ago from Texas

      Very entertaining points here. Love the picture of Obama as Erkel, I hope even Dems can see the humor in that.

      My Sweet Mother just called me to see if I wanted to go to early voting with her. I felt so bad telling her, no. For the first time in my life - I don't want to vote. There is just NO ONE I care to vote for.

      I'm just sick of Politicians saying whatever they think will get them elected, and having no intentions of ever following through their so called promises. And I truly think one party is as bad as the other. It's sad, really. I was so hoping to find Someone, that seemed a bit trustworthy. (I know this won't be a popular point of view here, but we still have free speech, right?) BTW - Watching the debates is one of the things that soured me on politicians ... maybe I should have watched more dancing shows, lol.

      I would vote for you, FP! Based on the fact that you really do care, you see what the problems are and you obviously have our country's best interest at heart.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Frog Prince, Very good point and so true.

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      TheFewTheProud 5 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Obama is about as likeable as inviting a couple of VC for breakfast. Qualified ... NEVER! Chaney has it right ... Obama is worse than Carter.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      I don't appreciate or even remotely like people who lie to me. Up interesting and awesome!

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Pamela - Now, now... A large part of the time he has spent blaming Bush or anyone else he can point his bony finger at. If people would look at his past they would see the real Obama.

      The Frog

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Likability may get this man re-elected even though he has not more qualifications today than he did 4 years ago. Basically he has spent the last 4 years campaigning for this election and everything he has touched has gone downhill. Your hub spells it out very well. Voted up and awesome!

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      JON EWALL 5 years ago from usa

      Lynn S. Murphy

      '' He's turning America into his vision of what he thinks she should be, not what the founders intended her to be.''

      The President don't make law, Congress makes laws. The President's job is to enforce the laws of the country.

      Here's the latest action in defiance of the law and Congress.

      Obama Guts Welfare Reform

      The Administration tramples on the actual legislation passed by Congress

      The result is the end of welfare reform.


      "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

      Check this link out and than be the judge.

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      Lynn S. Murphy 5 years ago

      I don't know that its the fault of the civil servant - evidently "the people" continue to vote them back into office time and again despite the flagrant incompentency of said civil servant. Those who "like" Obama don't seem to care about his incompentency. Although is it incompetence? He's turning America into his vision of what he thinks she should be, not what the founders intended her to be.

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      Ghost32 5 years ago

      You bet likeability doesn't cut the mustard, at least not all by itself.

      I remember when we first got the firm word (on our TV set, during a time I was "temporarily retired" in Montana. My sum-up to my wife was simply,

      "Well, he (George W. Bush) may be an A-hole but he's OUR A-hole."

      (The "lack of likeability" in my Dubya evaluation stemmed in part from his having signed off as Governor on so many Death Row executions in the great state of Texas that he'd ben DUBBED [really] THE TEXECUTIONER by anti-death penalty organizations. Most especially, Pam I detested his openly MOCKING the Black Widow killer, Betty Lou Beets, after her finaly plea to him for clemency. Based on the record, we had no problem with the execution per se...but mocking? Definitely not likeable.)

      Voted Up Plus.

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      Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

      Yeah, ErkObama! I love it. If I had that picture I would plaster it everywhere!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Clever insight here for sure! Liking someone does not mean they have the necessary credntials for leadership. Well said, and definitely a thougt provoking hub! Great job!