Friday, 20 March 2009

I Don't Know This Guy

The role of the president of the United States....is not to be a cult figure.

The role of the president of the United States....is not to be a comedian.

The role of the president of the United States....is not to identify with people or have them identify with you.

The role of the president of the United States...is not to be witty or charming or debonair.

The role of the president of the United States....is not to chat or talk over your position in life.

I sat and watched this clip of President Obama visiting Jay Leno, and felt uncomfortable. It was not what you’d expect out of Ronald Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt, Bill Clinton or LBJ. This was some kind of character that you’d think of....when watching Family Man, “Lost”, or Doctor Phil. It was not the legendary position of president of the United States. It was something less.

The joke with bowling? It went bad, but you had to expect it. I suspect it was written by someone on the show and they thought it’d come off ok.....it didn’t. It made him more of a fool.

The idea of visiting some nightly talk show? Zero value unless you want to sell yourself. You end up trying to make yourself come across as just another regular guy. You aren’t. This isn’t that kind of job.

What do I expect? I would hope this is the last visit to a comedy show. If not....I’d prepare for the public to take you as being just another character....and probably not respect you for your situation. This would be an anchor to drag you quickly down.

Enemy Non-Combatants?

Members of Gitmo were once referred to as “Enemy Combatants”.

This past week…without saying a lot….the guys who were members of Gitmo…got a totally new name but everything else was left intact. The new reference? "Individuals captured in connection with armed conflicts and counter terrorism operations," or "members of enemy forces," or "persons who [the President] determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, and persons who harbored those responsible for the September 11 attacks.”

Yes, a mouthful….if you were of a Bama persuasion. But to truthful…there really isn’t much that you can all bothered about. You are basically the same guy that you were a week ago…sitting in some tropic prison of sorts….enjoying less than friendly company because of something that you might have done.

A Toast to the Number Four Network?

Number four in the news groups? CNN.

All the way through the past week....CNN trailed not only Fox News and MSNBC but also its own sister network, Headline News.

They are drawing fewer viewers...so why?

I think they have expended most of their magic and the majority of Americans don't find any gusto in their message. And the interesting thing....fewer viewers....means lesser advertising....and therefore lesser profits. They are finding reality to be difficult.