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.

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About Benj

I’m a native North Jerseyan, exiled to the land of Phillies fans…an Old Testament professor and former liturgist…husband to Corrie…father to Daniel and Elizabeth…eldest sibling to three, brother-in-law to Josh and Hannah…uncle to Marshall.
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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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