Barack Obama reminds me of Kanye West. He did not need to be a rapper and already had hundreds of production credits to his name. He was making a decent amount of money and could have continued to be a producer forever. He could have took his money and started up his own label and found other interesting opportunities to pursue. But he was driven by a need to be in front of the people and to get from the shadows of the music industry and feed his own megalomaniac personality. Someone like Kanye West, where he was at that time, could have had a nice career making a solid six figures as a music producer, and no one would ever know about them.
If I had the education that Barack Obama does and the experience that he has I would not be the President of the United States. I would find a comfortable position at a company and become the CEO, and then when I had enough experience at that leave and start up my own operation. I would not want to be in front of the cameras, in front of the spotlight, in front of the entire nation. But Barack Obama wanted to be front and center, and this is why you see him on The View talking about the fact that Justin Beiber is not on his iPod. People like him do not have to become part of popular culture, but the culture that we are in dictates to everyone that you are no one if you do not give being on top of popular culture that good old “college try”.
Why wouldn’t you want to be the President of the United States, or the president of anything else? Why wouldn’t you want to do what people from the bottom that have no other skills aspire to do? Smart people are not supposed to want to be rappers or producers and they are not supposed to be the President of the United States. Those are things that people who have no other choices or options in life try to do. Being the President is a nice aspiration for someone with a Political Science degree, but not for someone with Barack Obama’s intelligence.
So while I understand that Barack Obama is by no means the best President we have had and seems to be somewhat mediocre at best at the job he is doing it is something that he did not have to do and probably would not have done if he were serious about making money. It is not as though Presidents make the type of money that someone with his education is capable of making. When you have your own businesses and are already making millions of dollars a year, being the President is step down financially. Yet people do it because they think that they can change the United States, and in doing that, may even be able to change the world. They put themselves in front of the nation, expose themselves to all to see, and age more in four years than most of us do in twenty.
I have criticized Barack Obama as much as the next person, but I would never attempt to do what he has done. For that reason I do not talk about him much as I have no stake in bringing him down, or exalting him to unprecedented heights. It is not that there isn’t any money to be made as a writer by talking about Barack Obama. At the same time, I do not want to be transparent in his criticism or show my own frailty by obsessing on the subject at hand. I have a lot of respect for what political writers and commentators do but seeing that I did not pursue politics in college and have no interest in becoming part of the system I have a different take on it. But I often wonder if those that like to cast the first stone would ever be willing to make the sacrifice that he did. It feeds his ego, and makes him feel like he is on top of the world. But so does making a lot of money, and those are opportunities that he has cast aside to try to help the United States become a better country. Whether or not that actually happens will always be a subject of contention and cause for dispute, but it does make politics interesting for those who have been sitting on the sidelines so far …