When an individual takes a seat in the highest tiers of an organization, his every action becomes a reflection upon his followers and a definition of the very group he leads. This, of course, holds true for any organization, big or small. Throughout the history of man (no offense to my feminist readers, its just an expression) there seems to have been a balance between good and bad leaders.
For every good politician, there is one with mixed morals, a goofy mustache and a notorious alias (Mr. 10%). For every individual with a revolutionary concept, there is a critic and for every patriot with pride for his culture and the will to lead, there is a burger (“buhguh”).
Although two of the above three examples are local references, this phenomenon applies, evidently, to the whole world. Thats right, Pakistan isn’t the only country with a circus of a government. Though the current government may very well be the funniest, most ridiculously incompitent government in the history of mankind. I’m serious. It’s shameful.
Once an individual dives into leadership, there is one thing that he absolutely must not do – make a fool of himself (Bushism).
That and flirting with Sarah Palin.
Refined speech, a good choice of words – its the least a leader should do. Take Mr. Black Belt Kung Fu Putin Lee for example,
“History proves that all dictatorships, all authoritarian forms of government are transient. Only democratic systems are not transient. Whatever the shortcomings, mankind has not devised anything superior.”
– Vladimir Putin [http://www.brainyquote.com]
And then there’s him.
“…what happened to democracy – ? SHUT UP!”
– Asif Ali Zardari
And he doesn’t even have a black belt in Kung Fu.
Though there is a deeper meaning to his words, intentional or not. Sad but true – democracy failed and it was told to “SHUT UP!”.
When it comes to a comedy via poor choice of words, there is one very popular individual that comes to mind. Former President of the USA and pioneer of unintentional jesting at the highest platform of public speaking, he is George W. Bush. Following are some of his Bushisms:
“I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future.”
– George W. Bush [www.yousaytoo.com]
“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful and so are we [pauses and smiles]. They never stop thinking of new ways to harm our country [pause] and neither do we.”
– George W. Bush
And then there’s this faux pas of prolific proportions:
“There’s an old saying in Tennessee. I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee, that says: ‘Fool me once [pause], shame on [pause], shame on you [pause] – fool me, you can’t get fooled again.’ “
– George W. Bush
Mr. Bush might be in a hedge of his own (…) but there are a few others that bear equal, if not greater, potential for self-humiliation. Who knows, maybe our very own Altaf Bhai has a few more tricks up his sleeve. (“OYE, JAGIRDARA!”….”I looooove yoooou!”).