Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Of Presidents and Prime Ministers

I was looking at Barack Obama last night on CNN and realised he has a lot more white hair now than when he first took office. I missed checking out the wrinkles though.

And in today's papers, there is news that eight months after taking office, the Prime Minister of Japan, Yukio Hatoyama, would step down over broken campaign pledges to remove an American base from Okinawa.

All this goes to show that it's not only lonely at the top, as cliched, it's a tough job up there. Politics sure is not fun, but somebody's got to do it.

Image source: NY Times


  1. well, running a company is already tough, what about running a whole nation?? the grey hair on Obama tells you the reason.. :p

  2. Anonymous2:00 PM

    There's a price to pay for sitting up there :)

    Politicians are supposed to be the people's servants but I guess many behave like they own the people.

  3. I feel sad for this Prime Minister. The Okinawa US Navy Base is a tricky issue, either offend the Americans or the Japanese.

    4 prime ministers in 4 years is quite a feat.

  4. Politics is about playing it dirty and right. :/

  5. SK, occupational hazard, I suppose but of course everything has a trade-off. No?

    Mei Teng, yes, everything has a price.

    You said: "...many behave like they own the people." or more like "they own the country"? Oops!

  6. Shingo, I've always marvelled at how easy the Japanese PMs vacate their postiion. I think they are being very sporting and responsible which a lot of politicians in other countries need to take a lesson from. You sure know your politics, Shingo. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Tekkaus, playing it "dirty" and "right" at the same time? I think you've got it!