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President Obama cautions the presidential candidates about wanting the glitz and glam
of the presidency
by Nathan'ette Burdine: January 11, 2016 

During an interview with NPR, President Obama cautioned the presidential candidates about wanting the glitz and glam of the presidency.

NPR quoted President Obama as saying, “-I will tell you as president, if you are interested just because you like the title or you like the trappings or you like the power or the fame or the celebrity, that side of it wears off pretty quick. At least it has for me.”

The “power,” “fame,” and “celebrity” wore “off pretty” quickly for President Obama once those political SNAFUs started coming at him from all directions.

The political SNAFUs are the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the economy, terrorists, immigration, Republicans, Democrats, far right, far left, and everything and everyone else in between.

Although many of the issues associated with the political SNAFUs were set before any of us were born, all that matters to the voters is that Barack Obama is the president and it’s his job to fix whatever is wrong.

Now, there’s nothing special about Barack Obama. He doesn’t have any special powers enabling him to heal the sick and to raise the dead.

It’s just that the voters believe the president is like the Wizard of Oz: all great and powerful. After all, the president is the commander-in-chief.

And as the commander-in-chief, the president can, in the name of national security, order the military to use their force against any one or group he believes is a threat to the United States.

So yes, this type of power will place the fear of God in almost anyone and make him believe that the president of the United States is “all great and powerful.”

The bad part about this is that the voters tend not to look so favorably upon the president once they realize that he is just a human being.

President Obama is a perfect example of this. The voters were caught up in the hype about then Senator Obama being the “Hope and Change” candidate who was going to magically change, for the good, how the world sees America.

The voters were so hyped about then Senator Obama becoming President Obama that a little after two weeks of him officially taking office, the voters gave President Obama a 76% approval rating.

Fast forward six years, a second term, and several political SNAFUs later and the president has an approval rating of 47%.

Yep, the reality that President Obama is like the 43 presidents who came before him and that he doesn’t have the powers of the Wizard of Oz or God tends to take a toll on the voters.

They get a shock to their conscience that makes them realize that, “Hey, this fella is just like us, a human being who is limited by his humanity.”

This reality, however, last as long as the president is in office. After his term is over, the voters go back into that same phase of wanting a “magical” candidate.

Donald Trump has been the most upfront about making voters believe that he is the God-like candidate who can heal the sick and raise the dead; or, as Trump says, “Make America Great Again.”

According to Trump, it’s his intelligence as a businessman that gives him the special power to “Make America Great Again.”

Breitbart quoted Trump as saying, “I want to make this country great again. And I don’t think anyone else will be able to do it but me.”

Although Trump has not been shy about trying to convince the voters that he has “magical” powers that will enable him to “Make America Great Again,” he is not alone in using empty promises that are just catch phrases used to get brighter lights and bigger crowds.

Like Trump, Ted Cruz is trying to convince the voters that his legal expertise, as a constitutional lawyer, gives him special powers that will enable him to keep all illegal immigrants from entering into the country if he’s president.

On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders is telling voters that he’ll be able to do what no other president has done; which is to make the rich pay what they owe.

As for Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, she is touting her many years of experience in government as proof that she will be the superwoman of politics who will move the country forward into a Golden Era.

Yet, nothing could be further from the truth. Political SNAFUs have a way of humanizing candidates in the eyes of voters.

And like the 44 presidents who came before him/her, the next president will see his/her bright light burn out quickly and his/her agenda placed aside.

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