When Barack Obama won the US presidential election four years ago, the BBC commented that when he took over from George W Bush _ a few months later he would be inheriting ''the in-tray from Hell''. It wasn't far off the mark. Certainly things haven't been a barrel of laughs for Mr President. But he can't complain: After all, he wanted the job.
In these turbulent times you wonder why anyone would aspire to be a president, prime minister, dictator, despot, tyrant or whatever. Mr Obama appears to have aged about five years in the last six months. Even the winning smile of the Thai prime minister seems to be a bit strained at times, although you can't really blame her with everything that's going on.
Political columnist David Broder once wrote: ''Anyone who wants the presidency so much that he spends two years organising and campaigning for it is not to be trusted.'' A trifle harsh, perhaps, but maybe he should have added ''and must be a little bit daft too''. Because really, who in his right mind would want that job?
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