Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Donnie-brook: 4 Days Until Donald Rumsfeld Steps Aside

We're into the final 100 hours of Rumsfeld's tenure, and it's time that we at the Rumsfeld Retrospective ask what we've learned from Don Rumsfeld.

Where to start? We could begin with the example he's set on how to be a survivor, or the way he's taught us how the sheepish press can be manhandled.

Today, instead of looking at his behavioral example for these lessons, let's turn to his words. Let's turn to Rumsfeld's Rules.

Rumsfeld the Rulesmaker

Source: Clear Channel

At the end of 1974, after serving as chair of Gerald Ford's transition team and White House Chief of Staff, Rumsfeld decided to publish Rumsfeld's Rules, his advice on serving in the White House. I could go on at length concerning the contents of these Rules, but let's just highlight a couple pertenant quotes:

Be able to resign. It will improve your value to the president and do wonders for your performance.

The country cannot afford amateur hour in the White House.
Nearly 30 years after he penned and published his rules, we now get to see Rumsfeld understand their power.

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