Who the heck would want the job.....

chase_gwNovember 16, 2012

Can you imagine dealing with all that is on President Obama's plate right now?

The fiscal cliff, the situation in New York and New Jersey, the situation in the middle East, the Benghazi mess, the Petraeus mess, the need to put a new cabinet together....and two young tween daughters! And all this upon the heels of the election campaign.

I can't imagine when he rests, when his mind stops working, when they leave him alone even for a few minutes!! When he and Michelle have "special" time.

Oh and if he should take a Thanksgiving holiday or take Michelle on a "date night" you can imagine the uproar.....

It's a hell of a job and why anyone would want it is way beyond me!

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vgkg(Z-7)

He's better off now than he was 4 years ago.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 4:50PM
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rob333

do you really think he's better off? Or is it just different problems?

Count me as to doing that. I quit being a manager so I could rest more. It isn't all that much better, but it didn relieve some headaches.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 4:54PM
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labrea_gw

Gee in the immortal words of roseanne rosannadanna
"it's alway somethin"

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 4:55PM
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vgkg(Z-7)

tongue-in-cheek Rob
But, maybe.
Me thinks that most of what Chase listed will be a distant memory by early next year....except for the middle east, that never ends unfortunately. NY/NJ will be a slow healing process, the Benghazi & Petraeus messes will fade as the repubs find more lucrative avenues of attack. Fiscal Cliff will be a short game of chicken.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 5:05PM
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chase_gw

My point is what is the motivation to take on a job that is not just 7/24 but subject to intense criticism, even hate. Allows you no privacy, endangers your family, is a never ending cycle of huge decions with far reaching consequences.

Is it power, is it ego, is it a true feeling of wanting to move America and Americans forward...a combination? Stupidity...???

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 5:19PM
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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

I'm an introvert so I have no idea what would motivate someone to be in the public eye -- year after year after year.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 5:27PM
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jillinnj

I've always wondered this. I could never understand wanting/needing that kind of attention, or that kind of responsibility for so many people.

I think there is a lot of ego and power involved. For some, I think the desire to actually help people plays a part. I believe it does for Obama. Not so much for Romney.

But I think the common denominator is ego and the need for power.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 5:54PM
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david52 Zone 6

I'm pretty sure Obama does this because he wants to destroy freedom and turn the country into some socialism utopia.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 5:59PM
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don_socal

When Bush was on that aircraft carrier I said on another forum that the person to follow had to be totally crazy or extremely smart. That was the choice we had both tines and the population came through. To expound further only a crazy power hungry (___) fill in the blank, or an intelligent person that cares about the country.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 6:05PM
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nancy_in_venice_ca Sunset 24 z10

turn the country into some socialism utopia.

... turn the country into some sharia socialism utopia.

You have to do better in keeping up with the paranoid fantasies, David.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 6:08PM
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david52 Zone 6

I stand corrected.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2012 at 8:09PM
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elvis

Pity Occam's razor doesn't work out with this one. We'll never really know which or what else it could be.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 12:04AM
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lily316(z5PA)

When we workers had our tele- conference call with him this week as well as the one pre-election, I said to husband...this guy has so much on his plate, and he takes ten minutes each time to talk to us and thank us for our time and work. I remember him once saying,...the worst thing about being President is that I can't just go to Target. Imagine his limits. True he is the most powerful man in the world and has untold conveniences, but he can't walk down the street for an icecream cone. Everywhere he goes has to be choreographed.

I'm just happy for eight years I have someone I truly like and admire in the WH. That kinda makes up for the eight years before him.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 2:31AM
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lionheart_gw

Name one contemporary President who wasn't wealthier as a consequence of being President, excepting those who died in office or died very shortly after leaving office and therefore didn't have the opportunity to trade their creds for money and power.

Being President, while a pain during their tenure, yields huge personal dividends after the fact. Money, travel, parties, family dynasties, people build monuments to you, you aren't forced into an unassuming life - who wouldn't go after these benefits? It's a narcissist's dream come true.

I'd trade 4 or 8 years of hellish rigmarole for these goodies if I was a public figure. It's damn lucrative. You only have to be able to do delayed gratification for 4 or 8 years. Easy peasy.

So please, enough hand-wringing over any poor, unfortunate President. They are set for life, if they weren't before. So are their families and, less obviously, their close friends and associates. It's hard to feel sorry for them while they perform a somewhat tough job with a time limit then have huge benefits and lots of money rolling in for the rest of their lives.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 8:59AM
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demifloyd(8)

I remember him once saying,...the worst thing about being President is that I can't just go to Target. Imagine his limits. True he is the most powerful man in the world and has untold conveniences, but he can't walk down the street for an icecream cone. Everywhere he goes has to be choreographed.

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For Obama to even bring this up tells us SO much about him.

Always complaining about something, isn't he?

This complaint about not just being able to walk into Target or buy an ice cream is a direct result of HIS decision to want to be president.

Boo Frickety Hoo! :)

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 9:06AM
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jmc01

"This complaint about not just being able to walk into Target or buy an ice cream is a direct result of HIS decision to want to be president."

demi, That statement is absolutely right. However, as with most choices, no matter who makes the choice, there are trade offs. And it is perfectly logical to have some regrets over the choice not taken.

Did you ever have regrets that you didn't accompany your husband on his last business trip? If you did, you'd have been perfectly justified.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 9:46AM
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demifloyd(8)

Nope, I didn't have regrets on his last business trip or any others. It was our mutual decision that I abandon my career goals to stay home and do right by our children since his job was taking him away from home so much and he wouldn't be able to fill in for me if I worked in my profession.

His last business trip was in a very dangerous and volatile location and I couldn't have accompanied him, anyway.

There were little to no opportunities to spend time with him on business trips as he didn't even get to see many of the places he traveled to except from the airport to meetings and maybe a hotel and back to the airport to another locale.

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I understand completely that it's an inconvenience or the president to be so visible and require protection, and honestly I can understand the frustration, but really? Ice cream and Target?

My point is that in this day and age of media blurbs I'd think he'd at least be more careful with what he says, especially in light of the fact that many people can't afford ice cream or trips to Target in this economy.

It's a human comment, though. I get it. ;)

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 9:55AM
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pnbrown

It's ego, having to do with carving one's place in history, regardless of the legacy being President of the US isn't nothing, is it?

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 11:58AM
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dublinbay z6 (KS)

Target and ice cream? It was undoubtedly a light-hearted throw-away line. Not meant to be a cry from the heart or an insight that demands in-depth analysis.

Lighten up, folks. Sometimes the President jokes with his friends and supporters. No big deal--and even though a light-hearted joke can point to a more serious situation, the fact that he is joking is indicating it is not a major complaint.

kate

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 12:25PM
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epiphyticlvr

For Obama to even bring this up tells us SO much about him.

Always complaining about something, isn't he?

This complaint about not just being able to walk into Target or buy an ice cream is a direct result of HIS decision to want to be president.

My point is that in this day and age of media blurbs I'd think he'd at least be more careful with what he says, especially in light of the fact that many people can't afford ice cream or trips to Target in this economy.

Nit picking at its finest. Much ado about absolutely nothing. You would find a problem and something to criticize if Obama told us the sky is blue.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 12:28PM
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jodik_gw

"I'm pretty sure Obama does this because he wants to destroy freedom and turn the country into some socialism utopia."

Where Sharia Law reigns supreme.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 12:56PM
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jillinnj

For Obama to even bring this up tells us SO much about him.

Always complaining about something, isn't he?

This complaint about not just being able to walk into Target or buy an ice cream is a direct result of HIS decision to want to be president

Seems to me someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed on November 7th and just can't shake it.

Give it up already. If you think you're making Obama look bad, you are very wrong. The only one looking bad is you.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 1:18PM
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lily316(z5PA)

Exactly, Jill. Still mourning what could have been with Romney. When the president said it, it was just a light hearted remark about the tradeoffs he has. He and his family were virtually unknown except in Chicago and suddenly they are the most famous family in the world.

He loves his job. Why else would he have worked so hard and and campaigned so hard to retain it? He just was wistfully thinking his appearance in a day changed forever and so did his privacy. I'm sure Mitt could go to his hardware store today and buy "hardware stuff" as he called it, and hardly anyone would notice. He is irrelevant now while two short weeks ago he was riding high.

Obama will be significant the rest of his life wherever he goes like Clinton, unless he buys a place in Crawford, Texas and chops wood all day and contributes nothing .

Michelle Obama did get her Target fix last year with a baseball cap and sunglasses managed to elude everyone in the store...even the cashier. Good for her. If Barack wants a five guy hamburger blocks from the WH, it takes a motorcade and then you Righties would scream about taxpayer money.

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 1:42PM
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