We are in a full-blown “Crisis in Leadership!”


This is serious!

This is not funny!

This is not “News with a Twist.”

The coronavirus crisis is not only a healthcare crisis.

It is a crisis in leadership.

It is a crisis in confidence

And when we need leadership, when we need confidence, who should we turn to?

The President of the United States.

The leader of the free world.

The most powerful person in the world.

And, in case you forgot…

Who is that person?

Donald John Trump!

So, how’s that working out?

Yes, you Trump supporters, you toadies, you ignoramuses.

Yes, he’s given you you’re right-wing judges and justices.

Yes, he’s given you your tax cuts.

Yes, he’s given you roll-backs of environmental rules that will allow you to profit while we are destroying our planet.

But now we’re in a full blown global meltdown caused by a virus; a virus that the President of the United States, the most powerful man in the world, Donald John Trump, was not prepared for.

A crisis for which he’s not to blame because “we were blindsided.”

A crisis because of his moronic statements, is getting the worse.

I just watched Donald John Trump’s press conference on the crisis and Trump’s sycophantic Vice President Mike “Let Us Pray” Pence’s follow-up.

And I’m more worried than ever.

This is a crisis in confidence; a crisis in leadership.

And the Trump administration has exuded everything except confidence.

Why is this happening? And what are we going to do about it?

Why is this man, and why are his people still making decisions?

Why did you cowardly Republican senators not remove this man from office when you had the opportunity?



Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy. Besides writing Around the Block, Ted is also a guest columnist for the Palm Beach Post.

9 thoughts on “We are in a full-blown “Crisis in Leadership!”

  1. Ted, I hope you and Sharon are doing well, No viruses. Our Virginia family are scheduled to be her in a few days, but it now depends On the virus situation.

    Hugs, Jo

    Sent from my iPad



  2. Geeze Ted, You know I love ya man, but for all that’s sacred and for the sake of humanity get a grip! Chill, have some soup and binge on the Three Stooges. You want I should bring you some soup?


  3. Geeze Ted, You know I love ya man, but for all that’s sacred and for the sake of humanity get a grip! Chill, have some soup and binge on the Three Stooges. You want I should bring you some soup?


    1. Marc, thanks for your comment. But it is incredulous to me that your response to my column on an obvious crisis, what Trump finally acknowledged is a pandemic, which is exacerbated by a complete lack of leadership from his administration, by the conflicting statements from the president, by his undercutting the medical and scientific experts, by his spreading reckless information, by his actions in this crisis that are designed to protect his political fortunes not his constituents …is to “chill.” I AM binging on the Three Stooges. Unfortunately the Stooges are being led by an incompetent president and his blame-mongering supporters. For the sake of humanity I might suggest that you, not I, get a grip. All the best.


  4. Ted, I didn’t need the Administration, WHO, or the CDC to tell me this is a pandemic. Otherwise I’d have been waiting on the Mayor of New Orleans to release the school buses to take me to safety during Katrina. Would I have done things differently than Trump if I were in his shoes during this crisis? Perhaps. But lacking access to his experts and information all I can do is prepare. I’ve already communicated with the PB School Board demanding they close the schools. With our large elderly population I foresee our hospitals and medical staff being overwhelmed and making made for TV triage decisions. Bitching about Trump and embellishing for political gain during this time is just, well… counterproductive.


    1. Your response leaves me almost at a loss for words; but not entirely. Lacking his experts and information? What difference does that make when he doesn’t listen, or if he does, undermines their advice. I am not “bitching about Trump or embellishing for political gain. I’m criticizing his leadership…which is unquestionable! He’s the President of the Unites States and should be showing leadership not making matters worse by spreading misinformation, which he’s done with impunity. He blames everyone but it’s his administration that has made this crisis worse than it should be. It’s great you’re doing what you can do to prepare. But everyone isn’t you…everyone isn’t as smart or as critical a thinker as you are. I, unlike many, would congratulate him if he would even come close to doing the right thing for his constituents, of which I am one. But, unfortunately, he’s only trying (and failing) to do the right thing for himself and his political fortunes. He, and his apologists, are disgraceful.


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