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See Me in My Office

Posted by Larry Doyle on March 11, 2009 7:29 PM |

report-cardWhat student in high school, college, or graduate school does not dread hearing his teacher or professor remark, “young man, see me in my office!” Good news is typically shared in an open forum even if in private discussion. Breaking out the ruler is often reserved for “the office.”

Picture this, as young Barack Obama and Timmy Geithner go in to meet their professor, Mr. Wall Street Economist.  

“You wanted to see us, sir?”

“Yes. Even though it’s early in the marking period, I need to speak with both of  you about your performance. I detect some issues.”

“Well, just what do you mean, sir?  We’re trying hard.  We’re working at grasping the material.”

“It strikes me, gentlemen, that you are not fully focused, you are stuck more on appearance than substance, you are quite glib at times, and have an interest more in being liked than in being comprehensive.  Those are not the building blocks for long term success!!”  

Taken fully aback, the gentlemen lean forward and apprise the professor, “Change is coming. Don’t worry, you will see a rededication and resulting redistribution in our performance. We have become friendly with some previous students who have offered to help us: Nancy, Harry, Hillary, Steny, Chris, and a few other all have reached out. We’ll speak with them. Maybe we can borrow their notes! We’re not going back, we’re moving forward. Change!!”

The professor responds, “I hope so, but I have always thought blind hope is a lousy hedge. We’ll see!!”

If only Barack and Tim were merely going through school and had the luxury of learning on the job; however, in real life  Obama, Geithner Get Low Grades From Economists.


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