Why I Wish Barack Obama Were King

The adulation of the presidency and the romanticization of politics hurts the process. I wish we had a figurehead monarchy like Britain; I’d be happy to have King Barack and Queen Michelle as inspiring, unifying, powerless royals. They’re attractive people who can give good speeches. Then we could be hard-nosed and skeptical about the real business of politics, which is not honorable, nor is it public “service.” Government should be like a visit to a proctologist: an unfortunately necessary, painful, but thankfully rare intrusion into our lives. There should be no romance surrounding it, and only the most basic dignity due to other human beings.

About Benj

I’m a native North Jerseyan, transplanted to Pennsylvania...lived and taught in Eastern Europe for six years…Old Testament professor, ordained minister, occasional liturgist…husband to Corrie…father to Daniel and Elizabeth.
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2 Responses to Why I Wish Barack Obama Were King

  1. Susan Giffone says:

    Well-said! Michelle’s arms inspire me.

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