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President Obama and the Stewardship Model

As Barack Obama goes tImagehrough the reelection process, his desire to improve today’s economy is more than just evident but passionate as well. President Obama feels that the small amount of wealthy people compared to the enormous amount citizens of barely getting by is unfair. He wants to support the middle class by reducing income inequality and making the economy more fair. “The defining issue of our time is how to keep that promise alive.  No challenge is more urgent.  No debate is more important,” (Klein, 1) he said. Obama presents to the people his plan which contains “tax breaks for companies that keep jobs in the U.S, a new Trade Enforcement Unit to investigate unfair trade practices in other countries, support for clean energy industries, tighter financial regulation, and programs to help send more Americans to college” (Klein ,1). Obama recognizes this is a difficult but attainable task that if not   acknowledged, would inhibit any development in making this world a better place. His ambition has overcome the fact that this plan is seriously opposed of the republicans in congress and he said “he will continue fighting, with or without their support” (Klein, 1).

There’s a big question here: is that the right or wrong thing to do? The way Obama chooses to handle this situation reflects the studies in our government class just last month: models of power. During the 19th century, the traditional Whig model of presidential powers was practiced because presidents felt as if the constitution covered and well put all aspects of government without flaw. Barack Obama imitates more of the modern stewardship model originated by Teddy Roosevelt. This model of power expands presidential powers, improves the Executive Office of the President, gives the president more advisers, and increases the role of the president. President Obama is a demanding and powerful president who will take complete charge disregarding all bodies of congress and maintaining the stewardship model of power. I feel this is an efficient way of leadership because it is necessary for a leader to always keep things in order even if those below him lack that ability. Yet this method has its flaws because it is tempting for a leader to develop tyrannical ways and take advantage of the power. I feel if the people chose their leader wisely with trust, a stewardship model of power is totally passable.

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