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The desired narrative

November 14, 2010

A couple times I’ve commented that I think the President really didn’t want THIS job. It seemed the most attainable version of what he wanted – not being born into the House of Windsor or a Saudi royal household. But, this job in relative comparison simply isn’t all that fun. Compare what Prince Charles gets to say/do (with people just rolling their eyes and thinking “yeah, they married a lot of cousins in the last few hundred years….it’s expected”) vs. what the Prime Minister has to deal with & ask “what job would YOU prefer having?”

Ah, but the US has their own royalty – the Kennedy’s – he could relive the ideal of “Camelot”. That’s another dangerous one – the first Camelot ended up with the best knight running off with the queen, the advisor locked up by the evil witch, the king killed at the hand of his illegitimate son. Basically, one big bloody mess. The second Camelot ended up with a President and a senator dead – and then later lots of tales about women, booze, etc etc.  That’s even BEFORE looking at their dad’s history. Another big bloody mess. Makes one wonder if whoever came up with Camelot 2 actually READ the first legend before they used the title…

Who Kennedy WAS and today’s narrative about his Presidency  are different

The posthumous references to Kennedy’s idealism have obscured the fact that he was a politician of exceptional skill for whom persuasion and compromise were keys to success. He never wanted to get too far ahead of public opinion, nor did he try to ram through controversial legislation on partisan votes…

Kennedy: “we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

Nope, the Best-Hope-For-New-Camelot just says stuff like: “I find comfort in the fact that the longer I’m in politics the less nourishing popularity becomes, that a striving for power and rank and fame seems to betray a poverty of ambition, and that I am answerable mainly to the steady gaze of my own conscience.”

So…he was bored as a senator in Illinois, bored as a Senator in DC – in MegaMind, the bored superhero goes off to do a recording career.

After responses like this at the G20 – why would Obama WANT to run in 2012? It would seem there are many other fun jobs where power is easier to wield, requires less negotiation, less diplomatic finesse & doesn’t result in an ego thumping shelacking. There are a lot of other jobs out there which provide significant influence & cash, with less risk, less ego impact, less walking outside the bubble of academia and uber liberal thinkers.

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