Power Corrupts II

I am a big Obama fan* and became a bigger fan after reading an interview of David Brooks in the Atlantic . Among other things, the article talked about a conversation Brooks had with Obama. Brooks said "Out of the blue I say, 'Ever read a guy named Reinhold Niebuhr?'
Obama answers 'Yeah.' So I say, 'What did Niebuhr mean to you?' For the
next 20 minutes, he gave me a perfect description of Reinhold Niebuhr's
thought, which is a very subtle thought process based on the idea that
you have to use power while it corrupts you."

Obama knows that the power of the presidency will corrupt him and the trick is to get his good deeds done before he becomes too corrupt to risk doing them. Or, before the power corrodes his backbone and he starts to care less about doing the right thing than staying in power.

During the Iowa primary, Michele Obama commented that, if they didn't get the nomination this time, they would not run again. Many took it as a threat, but Barrack Obama explained that they were still normal people and were able to see what needed to be done for normal people. As he said "We just paid off our student loans a couple of years ago. In four years, we will be too far out of contact with normal people to see what needs to be done to bring change."

As I watch parts of the Senate debate on Health Care – and especially the Republican stonewalling – I realize that these guys don't really care about what is good for me or the country. They just want to stay in power. I know all the arguments against Term Limits, but one of the best things about the presidency is that it is limited to only two terms. 

* interesting…fan from the word fanatic – true believer.

3 thoughts on “Power Corrupts II

  1. Would you believe “I am one with the internet?” If not, you’ll have to chalk it up to my still growing podcast addiction. I enjoy “Speaking of Faith” and subscribe to the podcast. I remembered that I had heard this exchange a while back so in the sprit of Web 2.0 thought I’d share.

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