Monday, November 10, 2008

The president's job is just like yours and mine

I was having a very interesting conversation with one of my friends yesterday as we sat at his house and watched a few interesting You-Tube documentaries about the economy and the presidential election. The most interesting point I took away from this experience was that at the end of the day the president of the United States has a job just like we do. The only difference is that the decisions he will make will affect the entire world. Crazy - the entire world. Isn't that wild?

In all the hoopla surrounding the election of the United States next president, it occurs to me that what Barack Obama won is a job. The world's most powerful job, yes. But it's a job like yours and mine. He'll wake up in the morning (even if it is after a 3 a.m. wake up call on a red phone), get dressed, eat breakfast, and go to work. Just like you and me.

He'll get paid, just like us (not that I make what he does: I hear it is close to $400,000 +) but he faces possible unemployment like you and I, though not for another four years.

I'm being facetious because, of course, his job is nothing like yours or mine. Every move he makes will be dissected and assessed; every decision will have impact. Every meeting will have a point, and its outcome will actually matter. Well - come to think about it – maybe I'm wrong about that. The more I think about it, the more the highest office on Earth looks a lot like yours and mine. Every meeting we have, whether it be role lunch, our staff meetings, 1 on 1’s etc are just as important to us as individuals and our own lives. I guess it is all relative.

Interesting concept to make you think.

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