Living in London and observing what is currently going on in The United States has made me consider what it must be really like being the President.
The daily pressure and extreme scrutiny from media outlets and social media must be excruciating. Not to mention the pressure from groups lobbying for their causes, national and personal security, international affairs, daily consistent criticism and the daily threats from opposing factors at home and abroad. What a workload! Of course he has a team around him to help carry the weight but the overall responsibility is his and his alone.
Barack Obama has set a precedent with the use of social media in terms of using it at grass root levels to gather support and momentum for his campaigns and it has worked well. He has broken so many barriers the first being the first African American to become president.
But I always wonder behind his great smile and charisma what are his pressures and challenges that we don’t see. When he leaves his day job and retreats to his private quarters, what pressing issues trouble him the most? The secrets he has to carry must be a burden.
I was watching Sky news last night and a news pundit stated that they did not like his policies but they admired the way he has stood up underneath the pressure of the job. The pressures and stress comes with the territory.
It’s easy to criticise but how would you cope with the daily responsibility of approximately four hundred million people not including those abroad, trying to make decisions for the best and being a fair representative for all the people. Not easy! The decisions made may go against his personal convictions but because of the nature of the job and the people his represents he has to make them.
Some of us manage small teams in the work place and have to balance out the team needs. How would you feel managing a few hundred million people and the fact that they all want something from you? What happens when you don’t deliver?
The bible encourages us to pray for those in authority. If you are someone that prays lets pray for our leaders and their families on a regular basis because they are under pressures that we would never in a million years understand.
1st Timothy 2:1 – 2a
“… I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings
and all who are in authority…”