‘It would be so much easier to be the president of China’

Apparently, President Obama has expressed how much easier it would be if he were president of China.

“Mr. Obama has told people that it would be so much easier to be the president of China. As one official put it, ‘No one is scrutinizing Hu Jintao’s words in Tahrir Square.’”

Obama Seeks a Course of Pragmatism in the Middle East,” The New York Times, March 11, 2011.

Mr. Obama is right.

Yes, it would be much easier to have the powers of a dictator, to have one party rule and not to have to worry about things like elections. Remember when Thomas Friedman wished the US could be China, just for a little while. Long enough to ram through a whole lot of unpopular legislation. All he did was say what most of these statists really believe. That’s how they think. So I’m not the least bit surprised that Obama has expressed a similar sentiment.