Advice for President Elect Obama on not being too serious
Max’s advice for January 10, 2009
Dear President Elect Obama,
Max grew up as the son of a man who knew ‘ALL’ the answers to the problems of the world. Max’s father said so! Many times, his father let everyone know that anyone who didn’t know that he had the answers was a turkey or a knucklehead.
The famous Ma Bell, the second most powerful force in the world (next to God of course), thought so much of Max’s father’s opinions, that she made him ‘Supervisor of Troubles’. This is true!
The advice Max promised you, Mr. President Elect.
Read Rick Horowitz article titled “Inside that presidential powwow” published today (January 10th) in the Raleigh “News and Observer.”
Rick has the kind of tongue in cheek way of presenting information that Max is fond of. In this article (which may have been published in other newspapers under different headings) Rick provides an executive summary “not for public distribution”.
Rick’s article may explain how the press really gets the ‘truth’ from ‘unnamed sources’. (The Daily Show, Rush, Colbert, etc.)
Max understands that the job you have taken tends to wear a body down. If you seem to be hitting the rim more often, or find yourself at the wrong end of the court when the problems are already halfway to the net, you might want to take a look at this article and wonder what Rick will say (or imply) about your successes at the passing of the baton.
You may have to act quickly as the current president still has ten days to stamp the article with the ‘official secret act’ which he may have ‘secretly amended’ to prevent successors from accessing (upon the advice of counsel, of course).
Max realizes that, in the role of President, you will be viewed by some as infallable and others as a character. He expects that after the first 100 days (or thirty minutes) the newness wears off presidents and they become the repository of all the reasons nothing is going right in the world.
You may find yourself deciding to leave things be that you would prefer to change so that the military or the state department has the resources to deal with the most urgent problems. You may find that you have made decisions that don’t result in the thing you wanted, but instead made a bigger mess of everything. You may hear things said about you that you know your children are hearing that make people wonder why you ever wanted the job. You will have your best intentions dashed and skewered by those you thought allies because of petty and not so petty political considerations.
In the end you can expect the same fate as all presidents. On one hand, you will have the faithful who will honor you as a Caesar coming triumphant into Washington even as you plan your escape. On the other hand, you will have the mob, searching vainly (hopefully) to chasten everything you have done and cast aspersions on your very existence.
Then you can look at Rick’s secretly gathered material and know that in the end, as long as you do the best by the country and your children that you can, there will be someone to show the lighter side of your experiment with running the nation.
Max wishes you well and success in the effort.
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