The Presidential Debate – Round 1

It is insanely disgraceful how the print as well as the electronic media has reported the follow-up to the first presidential debate between President Obama and Governor Romney. As though it were some kind of a gladiator contest and Governor Romney is the handsome hulk of the day! Where does sensationalism stop and intellectualism take a little precedence, even in these attention deficient times?

Governor Mitt Romney

Let us give credit that Governor Romney came well-rehearsed for the debate and stuck to his script meticulously well. Is there no place to recognize the humility and statesmanship of a good leader like Barrack Obama, who shows restraint because he is the incumbent president and must not be seen as overbearing or bullying in a presidential debate, even if fighting an electoral battle?

Yes, Governor Romney was trying his very best to establish eye contact and shoot off his sleeve. But the President was mindful that he responded directly and carefully by making notes and zeroing on the key areas of concern; addressing solutions and not abusing politics on a debate platform. How can that ever be termed as Passive?

President Obama

In his summary, Governor Romney admitted to being a maintenance manager more than the creative leader. Whereas, Obama continued to be bold in leading his initiatives to aspire for a higher Quality of Life for the average American. Whether Governor Romney used 38 Min and 32 Secs or President Obama used 42 Min and 50 secs, it must be clear to one and all that the summary describes their personalities and what they bring to the table.

North America and the world are at a strategic inflection point where only growth led by aggressive investment will yield new opportunities and higher incomes for all classes and societies anywhere in the world. Governance, Education, Healthcare are all areas that need renewal and not maintenance. The very premise of maintenance means more of the same; preventing the new (of any form) from taking root. Why reams of newsprint and hours of primetime power have not focused on zeroing on this and declaring the only verdict there is for all the sane to see is anybody’s guess!
It is this very self-perpetuating comfort zone ideology that Obama is fighting more than anything else. This is also what prompts an Indian like me who is not even an American Citizen to root for Obama. There is no leader anywhere in the world today who has the stature as well as the sincerity of purpose as Obama to carry out the transformation of a society; that sets a point of departure from the present into the future. Let us hope that the vested interests who continue to pursue and perpetrate mediocrity are defeated in their quest to retain more of the same so that they continue to remain relevant. The relevance of the modern society is to Segway into a collaborative and connected universe where creativity can flourish with wise investments that generate wealth in societies of the future. Romney and the Republicans will have to show some more progressive thinking than being stuck in the 2008 time warp.

About Subbu Iyer

Subbu Iyer is an Innovation & Transformation Leader as with 28 years of serving customers globally. He is currently the Chief Designer & Transformer at Energizing Innovation, an enterprise that is being founded to facilitate continuous growth in enterprises and as a consequence create societal wealth. The Radical Shift that this enterprise intends to employ is focusing on the Potential rather than the Performance of a business. He has been a serial entrepreneur and an intrapreneur in his past life, having founded Nihilent Technologies and Nandaki Systems besides being associated in senior leadership roles with firms such as Coopers & Lybrand, Cambridge Technology Partners, Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro Technologies and Steria.
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