Does visiting a farm boost your husbandry credentials?
It would be an interesting case study to pin point the exact moment in time in which the political class was given a free pass by the press regarding visits to foreign countries.
For instance, one of the recent headlines that continues to run across the network tickers is Barack Obama’s visit to Europe and the Middle East — to boost his foreign policy credentials.
Exactly how does visiting heads-of-state, for mere hours, boost ones credentials?Â Remember, these are the same officials that never drive themselves, use their own Blackberry’s or ride the very public transportation that they champion at election time — let alone breath the same air as hoi polloi.
In fact, I have spent the last year living and working in Korea and Taiwan yet I wouldn’t consider myself an expert on anything but the ability to find the nearest washroom (and McDonalds).
Thus, what about the foreign policy credentials of backpackers, retirees, businessmen and other expats who at least lived with and regularly dialogued with the local taxpayers? Â If Obama or McCain visited a nuclear power plant for an hour, do they receive a engineering bump and are now capable ofÂ designing reactor cores?Â Dare one relish the day when the politicos visit a brain surgeon or OBGYN?
See also: The Rise of the Imperial Class