Conversation Agent - Valeria Maltoni - Memo to Obama: Remake the Bully Pulpit

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(4) Communicate *with* the electorate, rather than talk *at* them. Converse as though you are talking to your team.

One of the biggest failings of the Bush administration is that they argue in the worst way. They seem to consider questions as an affront or dissent. They excelled in the one-way conversation.

While some people are reassured by single-mindedness, others are unnerved by myopic reasoning - and in this day and age, expect reasonable explanations. Obama has been successful so far - especially here in the UK - because, like Jed Bartlett, he appears to think about the questions he receives. He appears to *hear*, rather than just *listen*.

So here's my simple rule, Mr. Blog Expect. When you come here and comment, use respect. If you disagree with something, step forward and make a point using and example, putting yourself on the line - it is only fair.

It is far easier to criticize someone else than it is to have the courage to actually "do" something and demonstrate you can back up your convictions.

You still believe the lies. haha

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