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EXCLUSIVE: OBAMA’S SAX SCANDAL

Planet Washington’s Ken Rynne was published Feb 11 in the leading South African humour magazine (even the spelling is funny!) SAX APPEAL. ‘SA’ as in South Africa.  X as in ‘X.'(Think The Onion but with Mandela on the side).

I enjoyed meeting students from the University of Cape Town last summer one of whom invited me to contribute to her epic publication.

The story, a SAX APPEAL EXCLUSIVE, explains that Republicans in the US typically get into money scandals and Democrats get into sex scandals. A well managed scandal can change the subject (from, say, unemployment, traditionally a downer) and actually give their ratings – among other things – a boost.  If it doesn’t kill their careers totally (McGreevy, Craig) or get them their own cable tv show (Spitzer) or a run for higher office (Gingrich).  

President Obama’s clean image just isn’t helping him much.  What he needs is a good olde fashioned scandal!  But as one who ran on a theme of ‘change’ and has governed as a centrist, will he pick the right scandal?  Goldman Sachs only knows!

The answer – and the story – will be recounted on the Planet Washington web site in the coming days.  Watch this space – or order a copy of your own: www.saxappeal.uct.ac.za  Hakuna matata!

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EXCLUSIVE: OBAMA'S SAX SCANDAL

Planet Washington’s Ken Rynne was published Feb 11 in the leading South African humour magazine (even the spelling is funny!) SAX APPEAL. ‘SA’ as in South Africa.  X as in ‘X.'(Think The Onion but with Mandela on the side).

I enjoyed meeting students from the University of Cape Town last summer one of whom invited me to contribute to her epic publication.

The story, a SAX APPEAL EXCLUSIVE, explains that Republicans in the US typically get into money scandals and Democrats get into sex scandals. A well managed scandal can change the subject (from, say, unemployment, traditionally a downer) and actually give their ratings – among other things – a boost.  If it doesn’t kill their careers totally (McGreevy, Craig) or get them their own cable tv show (Spitzer) or a run for higher office (Gingrich).

President Obama’s clean image just isn’t helping him much.  What he needs is a good olde fashioned scandal!  But as one who ran on a theme of ‘change’ and has governed as a centrist, will he pick the right scandal?  Goldman Sachs only knows!

The answer – and the story – will be recounted on the Planet Washington web site in the coming days.  Watch this space – or order a copy of your own: www.saxappeal.uct.ac.za  Hakuna matata!

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South African Students & Planet Washington

Planet Washington’s Ken Rynne engaged in a spirited dialogue June 16 with students to mark Youth Day in South Africa.  The day commemorates youth uprising against apartheid in 1976.

The exchange took place at the South African Ambassador Hon. Ebrahim Rasool’s official residence.  Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Marius Fransman gave the keynote address and students from SA in Washington to intern this summer and US students addressed issues of economic freedom and skills development.

Ken Rynne participated in a young professionals panel discussion and vowed to speak at any panel that considered him ‘young.’ Ambassador Rasool expressed appreciation for Ken’s historical perspective and wit.  The evening concluded with an extraordinary braai (BBQ).

First Lady Michele Obama traveled to South Africa the next week where she reached out to young people.  You may think her a copy cat.  We couldn’t possibly comment.

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South African Students & Planet Washington

Planet Washington’s Ken Rynne engaged in a spirited dialogue June 16 with students to mark Youth Day in South Africa.  The day commemorates youth uprising against apartheid in 1976.

The exchange took place at the South African Ambassador Hon. Ebrahim Rasool’s official residence.  Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Marius Fransman gave the keynote address and students from SA in Washington to intern this summer and US students addressed issues of economic freedom and skills development.

Ken Rynne participated in a young professionals panel discussion and vowed to speak at any panel that considered him ‘young.’ Ambassador Rasool expressed appreciation for Ken’s historical perspective and wit.  The evening concluded with an extraordinary braai (BBQ).

First Lady Michele Obama traveled to South Africa the next week where she reached out to young people.  You may think her a copy cat.  We couldn’t possibly comment.

 

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“With your wit and wisdom, you have it all!” – South African Ambassador Hon. Ebrahim Rasool

Planet Washington’s Ken Rynne was invited to speak with students in Cape Town after a very exciting dialogue with South African university students in Washington, DC for the summer.  The exchange took place at the South African Ambassador Hon. Ebrahim Rasool’s residence as part of a Youth Day June 16 event.  Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Marius Fransman gave the keynote address and students from SA and US addressed issues of economic freedom and skills development.  Ken Rynne participated in a young professionals panel discussion and vowed to speak at any panel that considered him ‘young.’  Ambassador Rasool expressed appreciation for Ken’s historical perspective and wit.  The evening concluded with an extraordinary braai (BBQ).  Details on Mr. Rynne’s itinerary will be posted as they become available.

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"With your wit and wisdom, you have it all!" – South African Ambassador Hon. Ebrahim Rasool

Planet Washington’s Ken Rynne was invited to speak with students in Cape Town after a very exciting dialogue with South African university students in Washington, DC for the summer.  The exchange took place at the South African Ambassador Hon. Ebrahim Rasool’s residence as part of a Youth Day June 16 event.  Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Marius Fransman gave the keynote address and students from SA and US addressed issues of economic freedom and skills development.  Ken Rynne participated in a young professionals panel discussion and vowed to speak at any panel that considered him ‘young.’  Ambassador Rasool expressed appreciation for Ken’s historical perspective and wit.  The evening concluded with an extraordinary braai (BBQ).  Details on Mr. Rynne’s itinerary will be posted as they become available.

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Gandhi Returns To South Africa

After discussing social progress in South Africa with a group of South African university students concerned with both economic progress and inequities within the country, I was reminded of Mohandas K. Gandhi.  His experience in South Africa as a victim of apartheid helped turn him from a British-educated barrister into a universal advocate for social change.

After India won its independence, Gandhi asked why would she replace one domination for another.  To wit, his seven social sins – which today’s South African students are dealing with:

  • Wealth without Work
  • Pleasure without Conscience
  • Science without Humanity
  • Knowledge without Character
  • Politics without Principle
  • Commerce without Morality
  • Worship without Sacrifice

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Talkin’ bout My Generation

Recently I had the opportunity to meet and speak with university students from South Africa concerned with their country’s progress. I quoted from memory my fellow Quincy man John Adams on the subject of intergenerational responsibility, ” I study war and politics so that my sons may study art and music.”

Mr. Adams’ quote follows:

“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.

My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture in order to give

their children a right to study paintings, poetry, music, artchitecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”

With respect Mr. A, my edits were effective with a 21st Century audience — and they make you tweet-able!

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Talkin' bout My Generation

Recently I had the opportunity to meet and speak with university students from South Africa concerned with their country’s progress. I quoted from memory my fellow Quincy man John Adams on the subject of intergenerational responsibility, ” I study war and politics so that my sons may study art and music.”

Mr. Adams’ quote follows:

“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.

My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture in order to give

their children a right to study paintings, poetry, music, artchitecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”

With respect Mr. A, my edits were effective with a 21st Century audience — and they make you tweet-able!