"I came here to drink milk and kick ass. And I've just finished my milk." - Moss, The IT Crowd

Monday, April 11, 2011

An exhausting job

You know, I've been pretty harsh on President Obama in this blog, and I think deservedly so. When you run for the highest elected office of what is probably still the most powerful nation in the world, you sign up for being held to a much higher standard than the rest of us schmucks. However, I saw something today that made me feel some pity for the guy.

Here's a picture of Barack Obama from the end of March 2011.

Here are pictures of Barack Obama from November 2008.

The fact that the job is wearing him down is not an excuse for hypocrisy and a failure to stand up for the beliefs he expressed on the campaign trail. But it does make me have more sympathy for him, because it makes me think that perhaps he also finds distasteful many of the actions he's taken as president.

Here's a suggestion, for what little it's worth. Stop listening to the people who tell you that you always have to make ugly compromises in order to get anything done at all. Try taking a stand once in a while, rather than constantly calculating what will get you re-elected. Expressing a clear vision and implementing it may not get you re-elected, but neither will alienating principled voters who supported you last time around because of the beliefs you claimed to espouse. See if living like a person who has real values doesn't lighten the load a bit.

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