Barack Obama

Management Experts: Obama, White House Team Don't Have Much

Lack of experience, intellectual interest showing in various missteps, most notably Obamacare

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After the HealthCare.gov debacle first exploded three months ago, President Barack Obama pleaded for people to cut him a little slack: "I wanted to go in and fix it myself, but I don't write code."

At his year-end news conference recently, he struck a different tone: "Since I'm in charge, obviously, we screwed it up."

"We screwed it up" is not exactly the same thing as "I screwed it up." Even so, those two quotes are mileposts on one of 2013's biggest stories: Obama's bumpy graduate-level education in management theory.