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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Dear President Eisgruber, We write on behalf of the Princeton Open Campus Coalition to request a meeting with you so that we may present our perspectives on the events of recent weeks. We are concerned mainly with the importance of preserving an intellectual culture in which all members of the Princeton community feel free to engage in civil discussion and to express their convictions without fear of being subjected to intimidation or abuse. Thanks to recent polls, surveys, and petitions, we have reason to believe that our concerns are shared by a majority of our fellow Princeton undergraduates. read more

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

"During the course of the research, which began in 2002 and continues today, I'd followed signals from his radio through remote valleys in the park but never glimpsed him. Oh, he's big, they told me, heavier than his dad, M1 (who lays claim to the center of Glacier and to three girlfriends there). Most wolverines are explosive inside a trap, but they said that M3 went completely nuclear, that trying to jab him with a syringe-tipped pole would demolish your nerves, that it took twice the expected drug dose to knock him down."


No one though has been debating the truth: Obama has had a strategy but hasn't articulated its entirety to the American public in any way they can understand it. - Roma

I am glad you recognize this.

He's made matters worse for himself with asinine comments coupled with horrible timing (JV, they are contained and then only hours later the Paris attack happened, etc).

Then he compounded his problems by lashing out at those who had the temerity to even question his strategy.

He has appeared clueless, out-of-touch, hyper-partisan, petulant and kind of ridiculous. Optics matter.

He certainly doesn't inspire confidence in his leadership.

Effective communication can be tedious but it also tends to be very rewarding. In order for Obama to be an effective communicator he needs to grow up, quite frankly. He first needs to recognize the importance of clearly articulating what he's trying to accomplish. He next needs to have the patience to not only articulate his visions but also have the patience to deal with challenges and questions of his plans. After that he needs to ditch his victimhood mentality - ditch the notion that pretty much ALL Republicans and conservatives are horrible people who will despise him no matter what he says or does (a segment will but, believe it or not, the GOP and conservatives in general have plenty of reasonable and fair people in their ranks). Lastly, he needs to find at least a modicum of humility. He needs to be willing to admit mistakes and concede persuasive counter-arguments to his aims when presented in a respectful and serious manner.

Sadly, after watching him for 7 years I don't think he's interested in even making an effort toward any of that and even if he was mildly interested I don't think he's capable of doing what I just outlined in my last paragraph.

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