The power of not knowing

/ 20 May 2008

It is always hard to say “I don’t know.” Some of my most difficult supervisory challenges have come from supervising staff who cannot seem to say these words. I’ve got to imagine it is even harder for a presidential candidate to admit not knowing something, but I find it very comforting. Witness:

It looks like I’m not alone in finding this a decent thing to do. Candidates are real people. They can’t know everything. But they can know their limitations and ask for help. I’m glad Obama seems capable of this very important act.

Of course, he’ll still catch hell for saying “I don’t know.” I just hope the American public knows how lucky it is to hear those words from someone in power.

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