Almost as Difficult as Crab Fishing in the Bering Sea
One of my favorite TV shows is “The Deadliest Catch.” It is about fishing for King and Snow crab in the Bering Sea, Alaska. These fishermen are out in the most difficult and dangerous conditions, just so the rest of us can enjoy the sweet tasty meat of the crabs they trap.
Yes, they are paid pretty well for what some may think is unskilled labor, but there is a lot of skill involved. The number one skill is staying alive and out of the freezing water. They also have to put out fires and repair equipment on the fly in the most difficult conditions imaginable.
Is there a more difficult job in the world?
Maybe not as dangerous in the same way, but the real most difficult job in the world has to be White House Press Secretary.
I can not remember a WHPS in the past that has not been excoriated by at least one half of the country on any and every given day.
When there is good news on the economy, the international front, or on general US living conditions, The President takes the credit and takes a bow.
The WHPS introduces him.
When there is bad news, or an embarrassing situation for the President, the WHPS gets in front of the nation and tries to put a positive spin on every question. They have to dip and dodge the tough questions; they have to withhold some information without appearing to be withholding anything. They have to misinterpret some questions and quickly move on; they have to promise to get back on some questions when they know they will not. They have to often defend the undefendable, and take most of the blame and heat on themselves. They have to do all this and maintain a cheerful calm positive disposition.
The WHPS knows who will be throwing softball questions, and who will be throwing high hard ones right at their noggin. They have to take questions from both, to avoid the high hard one is to essentially admit the White House is not in control.
Most of the latest WHPS’s have been women. Their appearance, somehow becomes as important as their demeanor. In addition to having to answer sometimes impossible questions with a positive spin, and having to defend Presidential actions that they might personally disagree with, they are then belittled, mocked and made fun of on Saturday Night Live.
Sometimes the President gets a pass, the WHPS is always fair game.
The job is much like the crab fishermen. They have to think on the fly and repair impossible situations with only their wits and guile and courage.
The fishermen bring us crab.
The WHPS must cover up crap.
You couldn’t pay me enough.
I do enjoy watching both shows.