Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Why can't "VIPs" be regular people?

The heads of state and senior officials of 46 nations gathered here in Washington to discuss nukes turned up to be a major traffic and aural nuisance, not to mention hazardous to the woman cyclist who was killed by a Humvee in one of the 46 motorcades. Why can't VIPs travel like regular guys and gals?

Very Important People? In this day and age? When the only absolute monarch in the world resides in the Vatican and not even he is immune from well-deserved criticism? Pull-ease!

If these guys (and they are guys) were to get on the subway, who the hell would know who they are? Would you recognize Jans Balkende or Syed Yousuf Raza Gilan, let alone which countries they are from? Guys in suits, like every other man in Washington.

It would really be so much safer for these folks to travel like regular guys.

Suppose some deadly Canadian "terrorist" is following Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Isn't Harper much more of a target in a motorcade than, say, traveling in a beat-up Toyota? Who's going to believe such a car is carrying Canada's top elected official?

They could even wear typical American tourist gear as disguises. Imagine Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi wearing a National's cap, a Hawaiian shirt, shorts and sneakers. What Abu Dhabian (is that how they are called?) is going to recognize his excellency in that get up?

They could even have a private moment of fun at the summit: a contest to see who's getup is the funniest, the sharpest, the most unexpected. "Hey, isn't that Lee Myung-bak in that joggers outfit?" "Wow, Nursultan, you can really carry cameras, can't you?"

And what a relief to drivers and pedestrians with hearing! Just a thought.


Anonymous said...

I like your thought, but without the aura what would make a VIP a VIP? And somehow I imagined Washington D.C. would have this kind of "nuisance" on a regular basis - more the norm and therefore everyone used to the congestion. (I know a place where this would never be a problem.)

heartinsanfrancisco said...

Your wardrobe suggestions made me laugh, but isn't this sort of nuisance an everyday occurrence in DC? Besides, without their dignified get-ups and all the surrounding hoop-la, how would they get the reverence and respect they crave?