The Man Who Would Be King (Apologies to R. Kipling) — of the World - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
The Man Who Would Be King (Apologies to R. Kipling) — of the World

I hope readers enjoyed as much as I did Aaron Goldstein’s speculation this morning on Barack Obama’s post-presidential career as King of the World — the only post equal to Obama’s own estimation of his intellectual and moral weight. If only Obama had been offered the UN job in 2007, look at the agony and destruction we would have been spared. Obama would have been able to spend his days with scores of humbugs and hustlers just like himself, and his actions would have had no effect in the real world.

My suspicion though is that Obama doesn’t really want this job, or any other, come to that. He never held a position any linear thinker would describe as a real job before being elected president, so why mess with something that works? (Or, in Obama’s case, doesn’t work.)

Being ex-president may be the plushest gig on the planet. The pay is good. And everything is provided, including Secret Service agents to pick up the laundry and babysit with the kids when necessary. There are no hours and no duties. None. After 1/20/17 Obama can give the odd speech (some of them sure to be very odd) before selected and adoring audiences, but spend the bulk of his time doing what he really enjoys, which is watching television and playing golf. He can revel in this well-paid and endless leisure while enjoying being addressed by his new title, “Your Magnificent Irrelevance.” Come to think of it, this title would be perfect for the head of the UN.

Larry Thornberry
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Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.
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