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President of the United States: The LEAST Powerful Person In the World?

This isn't my original idea. I either read this or heard it on an audio book some 10-15 years ago, but here's the gist of it:

THE PRESIDENT IS THE LEAST POWERFUL PERSON IN THE WORLD.

THE WHITE HOUSE JANITOR IS THE MOST POWERFUL PERSON IN THE WORLD.

The logic went something like this:

A president rarely does anything that isn't under a spotlight. The people of not just this nation but the whole world are on him, all ears at attention. Thousands of public voices immediately vocalize the reactions of the millions, even billions watching and listening.

And, these decisions and actions themselves have plenty of scrutiny in just the early and middle stages. Lobbies, focus groups, protestors, all give their input and expectations at all stages of the processes leading up to the eventual press conference.

THE WHITE HOUSE JANITOR, ON THE OTHER HAND...

Works with nearly complete autonomy. With a simple plastic easel 'caution wet floor' sign he can direct the movements of tour groups, diplomats, and entire delegations. Even the president himself must obey the 'out of order' sign hanging on the door to the men's room.

And scarcely one person in a million even knows his (or her) name.

So, tell me again. Who is the most powerful person on the planet? The president, or the White House janitor?




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The janitor didn't do it, it

The janitor didn't do it, it was the butler with the candlestick in the lobbyist's pocket.

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

supposed to be

the president is supposed to have no power but to enable power ceremoniously.. and then the executive order came along and because THE way to do presidential business, power be presidential.

"The day a gladiator became

"The day a gladiator became more "powerfull" then the "emperor""

I want to say it was Jack Zufelt who suggested this...

concept.

Nope - it was Alan Watts.

http://www.dailypaul.com/315377/alan-watts-on-the-virtue-of-...

"Home is where it's hardest."
-Tommy

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-me

That is very thought provoking :}

Don't know how much clout the janitor has but will say I was shocked when I found out how far down the list the President of the USA was on the National Security Clearance List. How can the Pres. ,of all people, not have security clearance at the top? Think about that.........This is a WTF moment but will say, What the heck??? :-}

Deekey

I already knew the POTUS had no power.

I didn't need Obombya to prove it!

"Home is where it's hardest."
-Tommy

OMG PANDAS!!! LOCK UP THE CHILDREN!!!
-me

I should rewrite this...

yeah. definitely.
7-15-13 yeah i should rewrite this.

"Home is where it's hardest."
-Tommy

OMG PANDAS!!! LOCK UP THE CHILDREN!!!
-me

Just something more to think about...

On this the mother of all non-event days...

"Home is where it's hardest."
-Tommy

OMG PANDAS!!! LOCK UP THE CHILDREN!!!
-me