There seems to be something wrong with the American soul these days. We can blame our collective psychological issues on fake news or just one of the signs of an impending apocalypse, but something is amiss in society.
What? Why? Remember the noise about Obama 2020 when the former president’s wife gave a rousing speech? Remember the Oprah 2020 noise from just a few months ago? Remember Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s world tour as he prepped for a political run (yeah, it seems like aeons ago)? What about Cook 2020.
Yes, That Cook
Ancient Jews lobbied God for a king. He granted their wishes, but that didn’t turn out so well for his chosen people for much of a few thousand years afterwards. Clearly, the citizens in the U.S. of A. are grasping for a leader that can get things done– and now the preference is for getting things done with less bombastic theatrics.
Who among the daring can be seen on the horizon?
Many of us watched Zuckerberg’s testimony before congress this week and now we know where the real problem is in politics. No, it’s not the elected public servants who made fools of themselves while grilling King Duckerberg (who managed to duck and dodge nearly every question so he looked young and innocent and successful). Their questioning should tell us all that the real problem lies with the voters. We don’t know how to pick good public servants.
Maybe voters should really drain the swamp this time (looks to me like there are more swamp critters in Washington than ever before).
Hey, based on 2016’s electoral results, it could happen. Facebook has enormous power, and based upon how easily King Zuck dodged the darts thrown by politicians, he could pull off a Trump-like victory merely by buying ads on Facebook.
Tim Cook 2020?
Google Tim Cook for President and you’ll get a dozen or so articles from 2017 that say Yes and No but it’s likely we could do worse. Maybe we’ve done worse already. Apple’s CEO was interviewed by Kara Swisher on Recode a few weeks ago and the full transcript is revealing. Based on that, the ever analytical Philip Elmer-DeWitt asked the question, “Is Tim Cook running for President?”
If Zuckerberg is, so is Tim Cook. Unlike Duckerberg, who ducks questions with the agility of a much more seasoned executive or politician, Cook answered questions directly; with thought and consideration; in complete sentences, sans the standard list of five superlatives used by the country’s last elected Commander-in-Chief.
It’s a worthy read and offers insight into how Cook oversees the world’s wealthiest company.
Not a whole lot of charisma, but America could do worse. Much worse.
We have. We are.
I just think Cook is too smart to journey down that road unless America’s demise is on the horizon. Hmmm. Wait.