Top Ten Boxing Tips for President Obama in his Next Debate

As I have so far been unsuccessful in getting President Obama to take boxing lessons from Andre Ward, the world’s best boxer pound for pound, I thought I would give the President my amateur thoughts:

  1. Use both feet: front for attack, back for defense or mix ’em up to keep him guessing
  2. Use questions as part of the attack: ‘You really believe that?’ aka a yin move to pull him onto the punch
  3. Keep your guard up, but also use feints and debate with your core strengths; punch from the core
  4. Look your opponent in the eye and read his intentions, the effect you are having on him, and just damn well eye ball him to respectfully show him you are the President of the United States and have done the job of which he knows little
  5. Go after ‘severe conservative’ Mitt Romney and don’t let him use Moderate Mitt as a guard or feint
  6. Be prepared to take punishing blows to show you can, but give as good as you get and then some
  7. Don’t try to be a Biden heavyweight bruiser; that’s not your style. Go for speed and laser-like precision in your blows, hitting Romney where he is weakest: flip flops, lack of principle, lack of specific detail on his deficit plans (in the last debate), and his lack of foreign policy grasp.
  8. Have the humility to ask yourself: ‘What would Bill Clinton say‘ as he is the best political  boxer around
  9. Don’t lose touch with how you are doing like last time. Have someone to signal to you if you think you are landing blows to make sure it looks that way to everyone else.
  10. Keep adjusting your style and refining your approach: keep it short, punchy and on target. Leave the professor outside the ring and think South Side Chicago fighting spirit or Basketball.

Well I have done my best shot and I don’t even box…but I have been in other rings many times.


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About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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2 Responses to Top Ten Boxing Tips for President Obama in his Next Debate

  1. Elizabeth Ziph says:

    post it on the obama campaign page!

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