Three Minutes with the President

Sometime in 2009 I was at a dinner and someone posed a conversation starter:  If you had 3 minutes with the President Obama, what would you ask or say.  For me the answer was easy.  “Please do not violate my ethical trust in you.”  Notice I did not say, please don’t cheat on your wife.  Personally, not my business.  Stay with me here.  The President does not make an ethical vow to me to be sexually faithful.  He makes that vow presumably to his wife.  No, I just don’t want the President — any President, any party — not to break their ethical vow to me.  That means you do not lie — period, clean and simple.

If you are asked a question and you cannot or do not want to answer immediately, say something creative like, “I will not answer that question right now.”  Just don’t lie.

Herman Cain take note.  If you cannot do the small stuff like “just don’t lie” why on earth would I trust you to rule the greatest country in the world.  Your infidelity is your wife’s problem.  You not being smart enough or ethical enough not to lie or to reflect on your answer when asked about infidelity, is mine.  I expect the President of the greatest nation in the world to have the ethical depth of something greater than a puddle.  Herman Cain, you could not even dog paddle.

It made me happy to write this.  Now I can put my attention where it really matters:  helping myself and others live to their greatest human potential.

Thank you.

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Andrea Goeglein is part organizational psychologist, part entrepreneur, and all about success—your success. She understands both the pressures you face and the dreams that inspire you. Andrea merges her experience as a business owner with her training in Positive Psychology to provide effective, efficient and challenging personal development products and services. She combines an emphasis on objective assessment with an approach that is always powered by your spirit and guided by your goals. Her professional development offerings are based in theory and backed by direct business knowledge.

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