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Obama, Kim Jong Un: Cool, Youthful Leaders

June 11, 2012 by  

Obama, Kim Jong Un: Cool, Youthful Leaders
President Barack Obama and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un both understand it's important to have the support of young people.

What do President Barack Obama and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have in common?

Many ultra-conservatives may say a great deal. But last week, the two illustrated at least one distinct likeness that all people, regardless of political views, would likely agree on: They both understand the importance of focusing on their respective Nation’s younger generations to garner and build support.

According to Young America’s Foundation, Obama has spent one out of every 11 days of late visiting college campuses. The President has attempted in his visits to institutions of higher learning to convince students that he has endured similar struggles to those they may be exposed to right now as they take on student debt and worry about the jobless economy they will face when they graduate. Reports indicate that his claims about his own struggles, however, are vastly inflated.

Knowing that many young people opt to spend their time consuming the latest entertainment news rather than trolling political blogs, Obama has also leaned heavily on Hollywood to garner youth support. It is no secret that the President enjoys rubbing elbows with members of Tinseltown’s old guard like George Clooney and Jon Bon Jovi, but an event last Thursday shows that he wants young Hollywood on his side as well. A story in The Hollywood Reporter last week said that Obama met privately at the Beverly Hilton with two dozen of Hollywood’s popular young stars to urge them to get involved in his re-election campaign.

Some of the names on the list included “The Avengers” star Jeremy Renner, “Glee” actress Dianna Agron, “Star Trek’s” Zachary Quinto, “Southland’s” Ben McKenzie, Jessica Alba, Bryan Greenberg, Adam Rodriguez, Zach Braff, Brandon Routh, Ian Somerhalder, Jared Leto, Kal Penn and Sophia Bush. All are stars that many people in the coveted 18-24 voter bloc know by name. The publication reports that the meeting was part of the Obama re-election campaign’s “Young America Effort,” organized to build support and turnout among the younger voters who were key to the President’s election four years ago.

Across the world in North Korea, the country’s new young leader, Kim Jong Un, has in the past several months focused on the youths of his own Nation. Kim has reportedly visited schools, the zoo and a Pyongyang funfair. And last week, he spent time singing the praises of the country’s Children’s Union, which youngsters join at age 7 until moving at 13 to the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League.

One of the most often used political memes for several decades has been “children are our future.” Both Obama and Kim – and, undoubtedly, political leaders all over the world — know that there is truth to the expression. Whether the goal is to garner support for winning elections in the short term or cementing a political ideology in the long term, youth support is invaluable.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • FreedomFighter

    “youth support is invaluable.”

    Most adults know both of these clowns are thugs and criminals. The youth are young and have much to learn.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

  • eddie47d

    Someone has to inform the college age crowd that their isn’t enough job opportunity out there and to start facing reality. At least Obama is informing them head on instead of ignoring the youth as so many politicians do. Few of these students have much money so it certainly isn’t for campaign donations but more so in them being involved in the political process. Not everything in the political arena is the big players passing the hat and buying the elections.

  • Whit

    One need only look back 80 years to “The Hitler Youth” movement promoted by Adolf Hitler for a description of the agenda B. Hussein Obama espouses.

    • Clearhead

      Not only that, but they’re both UGLY AS SIN !! AND — their appearances are both very unappealing.

  • http://google john p.

    Jung and Obama are both Dictators. they feed on the young people .
    The young people be leave every thing they hear . they just don’t
    no any better . but Obama has a way to brain wash these kids and
    they be leave his lie’s . these college kids don’t pay attention to
    what is going on in the world . and not only that there Professors
    are telling them how great Obama is . so this is what happens
    even with the media telling lies how great the President is to bad .

    • eddie47d

      Young adults don’t always like or understand any older adult yet there are many older adults who are clueless about what goes on within those young peoples lives. I certainly didn’t grow up with all this media frenzy and 24/7 communications so I see these younger adults as being overwhelmed and pulled in several directions. Most seem to handle it much better than us older adults as I would much rather be outdoors than learning new computer skills,etc. That is either my gain or my loss where I’m “stuck” or happy being in the garden whereas the youth are “stuck” or happy with all their gadgets. I do see some youth involved in politics but few care about voting and it takes alot of effort to get them to do so. I told my kids if they don’t like any candidate at least try and understand the local issues and vote on them. So it is okay by me if Romney or Obama fires them up and gets them involved in the American process.

  • Ken

    Remember that guy in high school who walked around and acted like he was SOOOOO cool? the one who looked, dressed and acted like a total dork?!

    The one who thought he tried to push everyone else around because his daddy had some position in town that gave him some invisible privilege?


    You guessed it!

  • Dave67

    Wow…. many nuts posting on this thread… But then again, this article is nutty.

    • http://naver samurai

      It seems that you don’t understand yourself. Must not have kids. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

      P.S. You need both love of country and fear of God to be a patriot.

  • Steven Archibald

    They both should go the way of the do’h do’h,..


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