Blue House behaviorPeople are both concerned and expectant about the incoming administration of President-elect Lee Myung-bak. He underlines the importance of systematically seizing political power.
There seems to be some concern that if Lee’s powerful style is used in a misguided manner, then his term might become a replay of earlier authoritarian political regimes. The presidential office reigns over the cabinet in a conflicting relationship with opposition parties, the media and civic groups. Meanwhile, some people strongly expect that the Lee administration will get the Roh Moo-hyun government’s misguided “code-led presidential office” on the right track.
During the Roh government, the head of the presidential office often appeared in lectures and at press conferences. The head interfered in the implementation of policies by standing at the forefront. Roh gave him a round of applause.
The new Blue House staff should not behave that way. The chief of staff serves a leading role for the president’s staff and advisers. Generally speaking, a staff officer should act as an adviser to the president in a constructive and sound manner, as he is a shadow of the president.
The positions of secretaries for political affairs and economy are to be restored in four years and five years respectively.
During both military and democratic regimes, the secretary for political affairs exceeded his authority and as a result created many problems. The secretary for political affairs should be a faithful liaison between the president, the legislature and political parties.
The cabinet may not be able to conduct a long-term national plan or draw a comprehensive economic scheme, because they are busy with impending issues.
A staff member who will be in charge of education, science and culture has served a pivotal role in drafting the controversial public English education plan.
Many people are worried whether he can wisely cooperate with the Education Ministry and schools. In addition, a professor will be the next diplomacy and security secretary. He should pay more attention to criticism.
The litmus test on the success or failure of an administration is the presidential office. The presidential office of the Lee administration should be pragmatism-oriented.
It should put more emphasis on making quiet, steady progress on national affairs rather than creating noisy conflict.