President of the United States: The LEAST Powerful Person In the World?Submitted by Chris Gopackgoski on Wed, 08/29/2012 - 01:49
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?