Privilege: presidential prerequisite?

Privilege: n. A special advantage, immunity right or benefit granted to or enjoyed by an individual or class of people. Such a right or advantage held as a prerogative of status or rank, and exercised to the exclusion or detriment of others.

Prerequisite: n. Required as a special condition of something

For the past 8 years we’ve suffered under a president from a profoundly privileged family. George W. Bush is so out of touch with the experience of the ordinary citizen I often wonder if it’s a pathological problem with him.

John McCain is privileged by marriage. Very privileged. So privileged that he has more homes than he can count! “I’ll have my staff get back to you on that,” he said, when asked how many he owned.  Could be he’s too embarrassed to answer, could be it’s soooo many he can’t keep track, or it could be his memory is worse than we already feared.

I’ll help him out here: he owns seven homes – for a total value of $13 million.

Obama hit him on it with a great new video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpmFd25tRqo.

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4 responses to “Privilege: presidential prerequisite?

  1. I’m about 1/3 of the way through “The Limits of Power” by Andrew J. Bacevich. He was Bill Moyers’ guest last Friday. It’s well worth the read. While G.W.B. is certainly going to have the dishonor of being the worst president the USA, has ever had, many of the men who preceded him, while not quite so vile, still have been guilty of misusing the power of their office. Should McCain be elected, we’re in for more of the same. While Barack Obama has great promise, he will fall heir to what his predesessors have left to him. His mission, should he be chosen, will be to avoid stepping in the same pile of shit. It will take great strength of character not to fall into such a ‘rosy’ bed. Looks good. Smells good, but it isn’t what it appears to be; a nasty mess of mistakes that will take more than four years to clean up and a great deal of character to even look stright in the eye. Let’s hope he is more stateman than politician.

  2. Thanks for the comment, and for the new word to think about: predecessor. I can’t WAIT till Obama’s predecessor is gone. Though you’re right; he’ll have a helluva row to hoe. What a pile o’ shit he’ll inherit!

  3. They’re all toads and lizards – we have the same problem over here in the UK – I can’t think of anyone I’d want to vote for and our current Prime Minister is ineptitude personified.

    At least Obama seems like a breath of fresh air and his wife appears down to earth and more human than the usual. Only time will tell.

  4. Toads and lizards, indeed. An insult to those poor reptiles, if you ask me.