And You Thought We Had a President

Only a royal king and queen would use an entire fleet of aircraft to take a couple thousand people (!) from their royal court and elite circle of friends on a week-long holiday to distant India. Back home, there is deep recession immune to the king’s utter monstrous spending of borrowed dollars. His nation is waging two wars – one his chosen one – and it is under on-going terrorist attack.


Their subjects be damned. The royals will party.


The Nov. 2 mid-term elections stand as the severest rebuke of a president by this method in at least 50 years. Obama’s way-over-the-top trip is his way of giving us all The Finger. He might as well read from the teleprompter: “Attention Peons. You can play at your little elections and silly Tea Parties all you like but I am still King for at least two – and thanks to your unbridled stupidity – probably six more years. A such, I intend going right along doing as I damn well please destroying your antiquated America, transforming its democracy to monarchy, confiscating all remaining treasure. And Michelle says: you can eat cake.” His disdain for us drips.


Incidentally, perhaps he can visit Americans’ lost jobs while he’s over there.


Of course, the mainstream media and the MSNBC crowd barely mention this. Gee, imagine if President Bush had taken this same grand excursion. D’ya guess the media coverage might be a tick more critical? I think I recall Nancy Reagan being eviscerated for buying new dishes for the White House.


I heard during all the election night “analysis” at least fifteen different liberal pundits struggling at defending the president begin sentences with “Everybody knows he’s smart.” I lost count. One – I forget which one; they’re all a blur – proclaimed him the most brilliant president ever to inhabit the White House. So, we can’t chalk up to stupidity his incredibly lurid and offensive Caravan to India and encampment at the Taj Mahal Hotel.


We can all agree: Obama knows what he’s doing with this trip and is totally cognizant of all its symbolism. Let’s fervently hope the images of the King and Queen and their entourage on Royal Tour in India are firmly imprinted in the consciousness of the double-digit percentage of unemployed workers in Ohio and Nevada, the seniors losing health benefits beginning next year, the low-wage workers seeing their job-provided health benefits miniaturized or erased or taxed, and everybody struggling in the Obama-economy. And let’s ferverently hope they remember those images 24 long months from now.


Bill Clinton at least tried to conceal his obscenities; his disrespect for the presidency and his responsibilities, his narcissism and arrogance evidenced by a soiled dress and starry-eyed but then soiled young woman. Bill Maher may be right; we may have made too much of Bill’s use of the Oval Office as room of ill repute. There are far worse things a president can do. We’re experiencing them. And Clinton at least tried convincing people he felt their pain. He didn’t display a sneer in public. The current king makes no such politic attempts. And any citizen who doesn’t find Obama’s behavior far more obscene that Clinton’s is as big a fool as Obama believes.


When I was in England recently, it was announced that – in recognition of the pain being caused the subjects by the extreme severity of the new austerity measures, to be imposed by desperate leadership of a beyond-bankrupt nation – the Queen was canceling her traditional yearly Christmas party and contemplating cuts to her personal staff of 600.

Our King and Queen have given us a very different symbolic statement.


Even the feckless President Carter had enough decency to put on a sweater when he went on TV to tell us to turn down our thermostats and bundle up during the winter. Decency seems in very short supply at 1600 these days.


Dan Kennedy is a serial entrepreneur, adviser to business owners, sought-after speaker and author of 14 books. His latest, “Make ‘Em Laugh & Take Their Money: A Few Thoughts on Using Humor as a Speaker or Writer or Sales Professional for Purposes of Persuasion,”  contains a selection of his BMI essays. More information about Dan can be found at www.NoBSBooks.com, and a free collection of his business resources including newsletters and webinars at www.DanKennedy.com.