President Obama has a new kids book, Of Thee I Sing, in which he pays tribute to 13 Americans he believes have traits he sees in his kids. Also, we can assume the traits he mentions are traits all kids should emulate. What is striking is that there is not one entrepreneur or business person on Obama’s list of famous Americans highlighting traits worth striving for.
The book has scientists, entertainers, politicians, social workers, a labor leader and various other great Americans, but not one entrepreneur or business leader is chosen to represent a great attribute: ie creativity, bravery, strength, exploration, perseverance, independence, compassion, etc.
Ford, Carnegie, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Brin & Page, Estee Lauder, Ray Kroc, Andrew Grove, Mary Kay, or Thomas Edison?? From job creation, improved living standards, technological innovation, and tremendous philanthropic impact, American entrepreneurs have been central to our success.
Am I just nitpicking here? Is Obama alone in not seeing the importance of American entrepreneurs in our greatness?
You can read more about the book at USA Today: