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What If It Was?
What If It Was?

Clutter. It’s everywhere and impacts everyone. I was addressing some of my own last week.

And here is a voice memo I listened to as I was cleaning out files. Have also copied the December 19, 2009 post for another angle.

President Obama & Sobriety 12.19.09

Rarely watching TV, I was captivated the other night when Charlie Gibson was interviewing United States President, Barack Obama, on the ABC Evening News.

The one word that really made me put things into perspective, was a word the President Obama used to describe how the decision to send US troops to Afghanistan was different from other critical US policy decisions.


President Obama spoke of a certain level of sobriety that was needed on that particular decision. He said it was the one decision that was different from all the others. I paraphrase here, to illustrate the magnitude:

“Bailing out the auto industry or the financial system is one thing. But picturing Arlington Cemetery, with a mother, sitting in the rain, in front of a tombstone…..”

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. He should also consider with the same level of sobriety the decision to pull troops out before the mission is done…or the decision to limit the number of troops to complete the mission which leaves commanders handicapped to accomplish thier missions.

    Come strong or don’t come at all.

  2. Dang straight Skip!

    It’s an obligation to send and to withdraw. Both are mission-critical.

    Thank you for the sobering reminder.

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