John Ransom

*ar·is·toc·ra·cy noun \?a-r?-'stä-kr?-se, ?er-?-\

1:government by the best individuals or by a small privileged class

2 a:a government in which power is vested in a minority consisting of those believed to be best qualified

b :a state with such a government

3:a governing body or upper class usually made up of a hereditary nobility

4:the aggregate of those believed to be superior

(*From Merriam-Webster)

It’s good to be the queen.

Just ask Dennis Rodman, or perhaps his little friend Kim Jung Un.

Better yet, consult with Queen Bee Michelle Obama and Countess Oprah Winfrey who are relaxing on a Hawaiian vacation together before the hectic, terrible event that will SO tire Michelle.

Yes, Michelle turns 50 years old shortly. And you know how hard that is.

What with all the traveling Michelle does for the White House. Now in Brazil, then in Martha’s Vineyard, Africa, Hawaii.

What for you and I might be a fantasy vacation is just another “day at the office” for Michelle and Oprah. It is exhausting.

No really, it is.

It takes a lot of hard work to be Michelle Obama, even if the rewards are great. The Obama family has made some hard choices to be in politics. It’s draining and personally daunting.

How would you like the odd moment of your spouse yucking it up with an attractive “other” to be broadcast to the world?

Not many couples have the strength, or are willing to do the work, to deal with politics at the national level.

For most people, I would recommend against it as a lifestyle choice.

Equally, it takes a lot of hard work to be Obama Winfrey, even if at some point she’s “made enough money,” as her friend president Obama likes to point out.

Again, for most people I’d recommend against the life of a billionaire media mogul.


John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.
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