Jumpin’ Jack Flash

15 Oct

Since the Rolling Stones today announced plans for four concerts to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary, a Stones tune is an obvious choice for today’s POTUSong. Our selection is Jumpin’ Jack Flash.

Right off the bat, we know that Jack is tough enough for the rough-and-tumble world of politics. He was “born in a cross-fire hurricane” and he “howled at his mother in the driving rain.”

In addition, the fact that he rose from such humble and difficult beginnings to become a candidate for national office is a great rags-to-riches story, the type of tale politicians like to use on the campaign trail. You can just hear him talking about America being a land of opportunity for people like him who were “raised by a toothless, bearded hag” and “schooled with a strap right across my back.”

Jack also is resilient. He was drowned, washed up and left for dead.

Most importantly, he hasn’t let any of his struggles hold him back, repeating over and over: “But it’s all right now; in fact, it’s a gas!”

And that refrain raises one small issue that Jack should address. Find another word for gas. Who wants to remind voters of high gas prices? Especially if his ability to control the price of gas is limited, even if he is elected.

Thoughts on the Stones: Jumpin’ Jack Flash has a compelling personal story and several traits that could make him an attractive candidate. He needs to choose his words more carefully, but that’s what media consultants are for. If he hires a good one – and listens to him or her – he could someday enjoy a victorious election night.

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