The Firewall

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The activity of lower level IRS agents was known by people one degree away from the president. An executive office staff that saw their boss as vulnerable, as every CEO is, would have made sure that he was aware and prompted an early and public intervention.

Likewise the AP story; instead of going outside, a route any CEO would instinctively know held danger, focus inside. Before tramping on constitutional rights, especially those the press holds sacrosanct, work the White House information chain backwards — who knew leaked facts? Federal employees with secret clearance know that lie detector testing comes with the job.

Mr. Obama’s political talent is nonpareil. His path to being a CEO is one of learning by doing. First, get back into grace with your bosses – the voters! Hollow rhetoric – “holding accountable” — isn’t working. He should apologize loudly and repeatedly, taking responsibility and actions that…

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