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seeds of its own destruction

Right now, metameat.net doesn't want to exist, but www.metameat.net does. I don't get the fine distinction and I can't check my mail.

See, here's the problem with the President: he actually seems like a nice enough guy in many respects. He's able to laugh at himself. It would be seriously disarming if he weren't controlled by evil people, who have decided it's best not to let him talk so much.

What America, or at least five old geezers in black robes, wanted was a genial, figurehead-type CEO who is incapable of defending or even explaining the decisions made by his corporate masters on the board of directors, but who can make ignorance seem charming.

Or, more generally:

The President in particular is very much a figurehead--he wields no real power whatsoever. He is apparently chosen by the government, but the qualities he is required to display are not those of leadership but those of finely judged outrage. For this reason the President is... a controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character. His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it.

Almost plausible, isn't it? Only the second passage is from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and is talking about Zaphod Beeblebrox.

 

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