The Beatles had already played and toured over 10,000 hours before they hit Ed Sullivan. That’s a TON of hours perfecting one’s craft – and yet, per Malcolm Gladwell’s terrific book “Outliers,” most professionals at their craft have worked at it for 10,000 hours or more. That’s why, as a contributing member of YoungCons, I was so concerned at NOT having any posts planned for this week! At least that was until one of those “professionals” was caught nowhere NEAR their craft.
There have been a few posts recently about the millions, billions, trillions it costs the Prez to travel with his pets (and we thought kennels were expensive!) to the Vineyard. I’ve wanted to weigh in a few times with memories of BO sitting courtside at ANY sporting event in the DC metro area (OK, even an undergrad can sit courtside at a Hoya’s game…I digress), but I get it – everyone needs some time off here and there to recharge the battery and refuel the jets. The President has a more stressful job than most and apparently sitting courtside and air-lifting the First Pet can be compared to a stay-cation for the rest of us. And then I saw an article about how LeBron James called a POLICE ESCORT, re-routing against traffic to get to a Jay-Z concert. A Jay-Z concert. At least Obama would have flown there.
So with all that being said, can we get our tax dollars back please?
In other examples of opulence, Kobe Bryant is rumored to take a helicopter to games in Los Angeles…but at least the Lakers PAY for this service and the burden isn’t laid on the taxpayer. And this service (again, provided by the team) is to ensure that the team’s best player makes it to games in plenty of time. Not a concert. A game.
And that’s the point – there’s a time and place for everything. Mike Tomlin, the Super Bowl winning coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, once pulled a player aside in-game and very calmly said, “your demeanor does not fit the situation,” and told him to take a seat. Politically and socially, with more frequency it seems, the demeanor of those we look up to does not fit the situation.