Monday, October 20, 2014
In the news this morning a story about President Obama on the stump in Maryland before an audience that was decreasing as he spoke. There may have been many reasons for people leaving, but Obama must be aware that there was a time not long ago when voters would queue to hear him and would cheer until hoarse. The lesson here is that if one depends on celebrity to make his way, he should be ready for the day when the public's attention wanders to something else. Only a few performers have mastered the art of renewing themselves constantly in order to stay in the public eye. Among politicians, there aren't many who can command a camera and an audience whenever they want it. When they do, they become tiresome in time, and one wishes they would go away, give it a rest, step down... shutup.