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Why You Don't Want To Be President

Summit host British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, front row centre, stands with the other G20 leaders during a group photo at the G20 Summit in the Excel centre in London, Thursday, April 2, 2009. The objective of the London Summit is to bring the world's biggest economies together to help restore global economic growth through enhanced international coordination. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth
There are plenty of reasons not to want to be president of the United States and this week is one of them. Oh sure, you and your wife meet the queen. The British press is gaga over Michelle and while haggling over the minutiae of macroeconomics may be a little less than glamorous, you are theoretically saving jobs and changing lives.

But, outside of London the world is disintegrating.

The North Koreans have a rocket fueling on the launch pad even as we speak and there is the real possibility the U.S. will have to shoot it out of the sky. Every other day or so another suicide bomber pops up in Afghanistan or Pakistan, further destabilizing the component parts of a geopolitical tinder box.

And the new Israeli foreign minister proudly announced that the U.S. road map for peace gets him nowhere. In fact he said those who wish for peace should prepare for war.

Compared to these examples the G20 is child's play.
By Harry Smith