Don’t say ‘the White House wants.’ Buildings can’t want.
The Secretary of Defense is not a super General or Admiral. His task is to exercise civilian control over the Department for the Commander-in-Chief and the country.
See that the President, the Cabinet and staff are informed. If cut out of the information flow, their decisions may be poor, not made, or not confidently or persuasively implemented.
Members of the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate are not there by accident. Each managed to get there for some reason. Learn what it was and you will know something important about them, about our country and about the American people.
Congress, the press, and the bureaucracy too often focus on how much money or effort is spent, rather than whether the money or effort actually achieves the announced goal.
In our system leadership is by consent, not command. To lead a President must persuade. Personal contacts and experiences help shape his thinking. They can be critical to his persuasiveness and thus to his leadership.
If in doubt, move decisions up to the President.
Politics is human beings; it’s addition rather than subtraction.
In politics, every day is filled with numerous opportunities for serious error. Enjoy it.
If you develop rules, never have more than ten.
You’re thinking of Eurpoe as Germany and France. I don’t. I think that’s old Europe.
Prune – prune businesses, products, activities, people. Do it annually.
One of your tasks is to separate the ‘personal’ from the ‘substantive.’ The two can become confused, especially if someone rubs the President wrong.
Work continuously to trim the White House staff from your first day to your last. All the pressures are to the contrary.
With the press there is no ‘off the record.’