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Why Can’t I Hate Barack Obama?
By Shane Clarke
London Correspondent
US President Barack Obama

As someone who has always had a problem with authority, I have always hated politicians. I loathe and detest them as the scum of the earth. So, why can’t I feel the same way about Barack Obama?

The man is just as much a politician as the others, but I can’t help liking him, and I hate that. He even makes me jealous of the American people, because they have this cool, suave President, with a hot wife who would be welcome within the pages of any lads’ mag. Here in Britain, all we have is an incompetent Dachshund for a Prime Minister, and an opposition leader who’s the biggest opportunist since Goldilocks found the Three Bears’ front door open. If there was even a hint that the British public wanted to bring back hanging, this guy would be in all the papers tomorrow with a rope in his hand.

Barack Obama called Kanye West a “jackass.” Fantastic! People were saying it was not very presidential. But that’s a good thing! This is the most powerful man on earth, with his finger on the button; I don’t want him presidential, I want him human. I want him calling Kanye West a jackass; I want to think he leaves the toilet seat up occasionally, and that he likes a beer and watching the football.

This man is debonair, and arguably the most charismatic leader since JFK. Okay, his dancing’s not up to much, but nobody’s perfect. He had a tough upbringing, and really did do his time in society’s trenches. Not for him the rich daddy sending him to public school to smoke grass and bide his time until he could be handed a political whip. This is a working class boy done good.

Oh, I want so much to hate him. Look at him now, standing up there – the most powerful man in the world, with a hot wife, cash on the hip, and I bet he never has to hang on the phone for half an hour, pressing loads of different numbers just to talk to someone about his gas bill. I should be hating him, but I can’t. I should be pouring scorn on him, but if I ever met him I’d probably be gushing like a little girl meeting the Jonas brothers. Why? Because I feel like he’s one of us. He’s just a working class grunt who got his head down, worked hard and did something good with his life. I see him on the world stage, completely at ease with all those other world leaders, but I imagine he would be just at home on the terraces at West Bromwich Albion, with a cup of Bovril in his hand, shouting bad things about the referee.

No matter how much I fight it, Barack Obama keeps making me like him. Maybe I could hate him for that.



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Shane Clarke serves as London Correspondent for The Seoul Times. He has been involved in humanitarian work for numerous years. He’s also a freelance management consultant. Having completed an honors degree in Law at Wolverhampton University, he then moved on to an MBA at Warwick Business School. He’s heavily involved in the fight against international parental child abduction to Japan.

 

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