Rock Star 3: Obama’s World Tour

The news is all aflutter with Obama news. The reporters get downright giddy when talking about him like they’re teenage girls and Obama is John, Paul, George and Ringo rolled into one. I half expect them to start weeping and rending their hair. OK, maybe that’s slightly exaggerated but you can’t help but feel like at least Ireland and England have a crush on the new President.

I’ve seen two different news programs call him a “rock star“. Didn’t McCain take a lot of crap for calling him a rock star in the campaign? Well he’s certainly a popular guy over here. It’s a nice feeling to have the world approve of my President (and by proxy, me) rather than hurl epithets at him (and by proxy, me). I notice a difference in peoples’ attitudes – mostly that they don’t take every opportunity to bash America and our politics. I just hope that the treatment doesn’t go to his head.

Oh look, more coverage of Obama. This one shows his car leaving Buckingham Palace 3 days ago. Wow, it’s shiny and black and the windows are dark and it’s got two flags. Here’s another one about Obama appealing to NATO to support the war on Afghanistan. The anchorwoman has a sympathetic voice, clearly she feels that NATO should help out. What a difference a year makes.

His picture is off the TV so I’ll get back to my point. So as I was saying, I hope all this praise and fawning doesn’t go to his head. Many rock stars lose their way after getting such treatment when on tour.

Obama is back on TV. No, I’m not kidding. The story about disagreements in NATO over the new head focus on Obama and his “road show” in town-hall meetings. Oh, there’s a mention of the point of the story – disagreements within NATO. Picture of Obama as they talk about Germany and Turkey arguing. Talking about one of Obama’s speaches now. The only time other world leaders have been mentioned are “so and so talked with Obama,” “this guy said hello to Obama and smiled,” “Obama knows this guy’s name,” etc.

Obama won a book award in London. Short story, but apparently the book was wonderful.

TV is off now. Obama warned North Korea not to launch their missile. No mention of what the missile is for, surrounding countries’ stance on it or North Korea’s stance. Just a short couple of lines.

OK they’re on to another topic. It’s too easy to get distracted. So I hope our President doesn’t lose sight of his primary objective: taking care of America. A lot of rock stars have gone that way. They forgot about the music and became the celebrity like Sammy Haggar or everyone from Metallica. Or they just went a bit nuts after their meteoric rise. Ozzy Osbourne, Michael Jackson, Keith Moon, Mick Jagger, etc. Or they felt like they couldn’t fail and put out a country album. I’m looking at you, Neil Young.

Mr. Obama, don’t let this happen to you. Remember, you have been tasked with helping us on this side of the Atlantic. Help get our economy back on solid ground, “establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” Do us proud.

About Beau Woods

Beau Woods is a cyber safety innovation fellow with the Atlantic Council, a leader with the I Am The Cavalry grassroots initiative, and founder/CEO of Stratigos Security. His focus is the intersection of cybersecurity and the human condition, primarily around cyber safety, ensuring connected technology that can impact life and safety is worthy of our trust. Over the past several years in this capacity, he has consulted with automakers, medical device manufacturers, healthcare providers, cybersecurity researchers, US federal agencies and legislative staff, and the White House.

Posted on April 4, 2009, in Europe and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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