Barack Obama and Winnie the Pooh

June 21, 2008

Kid’s bed time stories and any kid’s stories for that matter have the strength to bring a smile on anyone’s face. Everyone needs an escape form the harsh realities of the world we live in albeit once in a while, and the same goes for the world’s most powerful people.

To plunge into the world of fantasy is something we all indulge in, but that’s when we are in complete privacy. And for a potential US Presidential administrator to give a statement that he believes that a children’s book can be the basis for the super power’s foreign policy is something unheard of.

Richard Danzig, former US Navy secretary when Bill Clinton was US President could become National Security Adviser in Obama’s government. Mr Danzig while addressing a foreign policy conference in Washington that there could be a drastic change in the US approach to the war on terrorism where influences from the pages of Winnie the Pooh shall be drawn. In other words – if somethings brings you unbearable pain, try something else. According to him "Winnie the Pooh seems to me to be a fundamental text on national security."

So is it that greats like Lincoln, Washington and Roosevelt wasted their precious time when they read books like Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and Thomas Paine’s Common Sense? Just in case Obama was born during their times then he might have helped these earthly beings attain true greatness. And just think what kind of impact Pooh diplomacy could have on the stature of a country like ours –

1776 – George Washington beats the shit out the British in the battle of New York, all thanks to applying the bouncing Tigger cannon fire.

1928 – Herbert Hoover, US Presidential candidate wins massive votes via his slogan “A chicken and Hunny pot distributed free, and a tree house for all”.

1976 – President Jimmy Carter is reelected after making announcements that will please the entire Eeyore population.

Richard Danzig comments show him in poor light and bring to fore the need to have a consensus on the US led war on terrorism. If Mr. Danzig shall give shape to the US foreign policy in a world where terrorism is at its height, then god save us all.