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People love their Masks II

November 14, 2008
  • Have you ever sent any e-mail, posted blog entries or Facebook links that might embarrass the president-elect?
  • Please list all nicks you have used to communicate on the Internet.
  • Have you, your spouse or any member of your immediate family been affiliated with any institution getting a government bailout?
  • Is your maid a legal immigrant worker?
  • Please provide every résumé and biographical statement you’ve issued for the past 10 years.
  • Are you a member of any organization that discriminate?
  • Do you own a gun?
  • Please provide any other information, including information about other members of your family, that could suggest a conflict of interest or be a possible source of embarrassment to you, your family, or the president-elect.
  • Briefly describe the most controversial matters you have been involved with during the course of your career.
  • Please provide the names and phone numbers of past live-in lovers and whether you have any enemies.

These are some of the 63 questions you have to answer if you decide to apply for a high-level job (cabinet members, aides, ambassadors) in the Obama administration, the New York Times writes.

Think they’ll accept someone who had been naughty but has turned over a new leaf?

As it turns out, this road was traveled by Obama himself. He did drugs when he was younger, which would’ve been an instant deal killer for any president wannabe in this vastly conservative country. But he believed in disclosure and did the unthinkable. He wrote about it in his book “The Audacity of Hope”, then candidly responded to questions about it. The Washington Post has an interesting comment on it.

Now that’s what I call real guts.

And now the candidate for Change is telling everyone who wants to join him, “Take off your masks!”

Idealist? Illusory? What a price to pay for change.

Anyhow it’ll be interesting to see how many people make it through Obama’s filter plus the ones set up by the FBI and the Office of Government Ethics.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. LC Teh permalink
    November 14, 2008 9:24 am

    Gotta hand it to him. It’s not just guts. He reads human minds & emotions pretty well, sets the trend and calls the shots. People are ready to accept him not just as another human with failings, but as leader when he’s upfront with his weaknesses, warts and all they just couldn’t fault him. He leads (manipulates sounds obscene) emotions and does it so well even with millions of minds.

    This is in contrast with an uninitiated and emotionally involved lover (in the soap-opera) who failed miserably even when faced with only one doubting mind, just because he didn’t take the lead and resolve it before his blemish became exposed. He failed because he was afraid to risk it. And fate was not on his side. Unlike Obama.

    The US is the most conservative Western country by far. Any smell of scandal, corruption, extramarital affair, drug use, sexual orientation or non-belief in Christianity will be the death sentence for the aspiring politician. Obama’s move to reveal his warts early on was probably the biggest risk he ever took. Personally I think his soaring oratory put him in a new league that made him hard to assail using the traditional American rhetoric. I think if he was just another cranky white politician, such openness would have sunk him. He is a new phenomenon, he said what a deperate land needed to hear, so people were willing to risk it.

  2. November 14, 2008 9:51 am

    That’s why many ppl are supporting him. 🙂 Hope he can really walk his talk.

    Yeah I hope so too.

  3. LC Teh permalink
    November 15, 2008 9:03 pm

    “…he said what a desperate land needed to hear…”
    a confused nation torn by doubts and uncertainty, a crumpling economy or divided by conflicting ideologies.
    History’s filled with examples; Lincoln, Churchill, Roosevelt, Gandhi, Mandela…. all leaders who stood above the rest and provided the leadership badly needed at such times. Exactly what we need right now in our country…

    Not even the iron curtain could withstand the winds of change. History happens in cycles. I am optimistic that the world that that’ll emerge out of the present economic ashes will be better than the one it leaves behind.

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