Skip to comments.Former GE CEO Jack Welch Blasts Obama’s Leadership
Posted on 04/15/2012 3:50:29 AM PDT by lbryce
President Obamas divide-and-conquer approach isnt what great leaders do, Jack Welch said Thursday.
The renowned former General Electric [GE 18.88 -0.42 (-2.18%) ] CEO chided the president for blaming others for economic woes.
It was the insurance executives in health care. It was the bankers in the collapse. It was the oil companies as oil prices go up. It was Congress if things didnt go the way he wanted. And recently its been the Supreme Court, he said.
Hes got an enemies list that would make Richard Nixon proud.
Welch, who helmed GE for 21 years and founded the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University, penned an op-ed article for Reuters with wife Suzy Welch this week in which he tackled the idea of Obamas enemies list.
Surely his supporters must think this particular tactic is effective, but there can be no denying that the country is more polarized than when Obama took office, Welch wrote, making a case for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney
Without doubt, Romney is not the model leader (his apparent lack of authenticity can be jarring), but he has a quality that would serve him well as president good old American pragmatism, he wrote. Perhaps thats the businessman in him. Or perhaps you just learn to do what youve got to do when youre a GOP governor in the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts or the man charged with salvaging the scandal-ridden Salt Lake City Olympics. If Romneys long record suggests anything, its that he knows how to manage people and organizations to get things accomplished without a lot of internecine warfare.
In 1981, Welch became GEs youngest CEO, and increased its market value by $387 billion, making it the worlds most valuable company. But the move came in part by slashing GEs workforce by more than 100,000 workers, earning him the nickname he despised, Neutron Jack, a reference to the bomb designed to eliminate people while leaving buildings intact.
On The Kudlow Report, Welch argued that great leaders are interested in coalescing the way they would run a company.
Must be just a lover’s spat.
I thought comrade Welsh was one of the Messiah’s best buds.
Isn’t this the guy that figuratively put on a cheerleader uniform and lead the charge to get ears elected?
Evidently Jeff Immelt is better at performing fellatio.
Berry was post Welsh.
He’s doing what lots of voters are doing. He’s making a choice, despite what he did in the past. Those who choose not to vote—or to vote for Obama—are enhancing Obama’s chances of re-election, whether they like that fact or not. I credit Welch for changing his mind, although I wish he had done it before November of ‘08. His example will influence others.
“I thought comrade Welsh was one of the Messiahs best buds.”
Never was. Welsh is the former GE CEO, not the current.
Correct me if I am wrong, wasn’t Welch the first CEO to start out sourcing American jobs, on a grand scale, when he was CEO of GE?
No, Welch endorsed McCain/Palin. The current CEO endorsed the o. Now he has flipped and has endorsed Romney. I bet he loses his job czar job!!!!
Jack Welch must be new to politics, and to the Marxist motto of “whatever it takes to win”, or “win at any cost”.
Divide and conquer is a tactic, which the socialists and Marxists use very effectively against the naive population, and against their political rivals.
Mr Welch should know better.
I heard Welch’s comments, and he rather eviscerated Obama, reciting a list, that could have been written by Rush, of terrible Obama policies and decisions. It was great, but I almost can’t stand to listen to Welch’s horrible voice.
He’s covering his a**, he’s reading the tea leaves, and he’s putting his money on lib-RINO Romney.