Is Star Trek political?
Not overtly so. But “The Inner Light” already broke more than a few rules, so I’m going to continue the tradition here and now by saying I think President Barack Obama has a lot in common with Picard’s alter ego from the planet Kataan.
Both Obama and Kamin went to work one day and woke up among people who seemed very strange to them and who refused to believe they were accurately identifying their problems. One of these two men found himself surrounded by aliens who dressed funny and seemed to hang around and not get much done – and the other was Kamin! Both addressed global warming despite the naysayers.
Both men had or have supportive, loving wives and two children. Kamin turned out to be a wise, affectionate Dad, and so is Obama.
Kamin tried to work with government officials who were snide and blew him off – but who later, in confidence, admitted that they won’t say what they really think about things in
public. Now go back to the beginning of that sentence and sub “Obama” for “Kamin.”
Both men had loyal backers behind the scenes determined to get them another chance. Think of Riker as David Axelrod and Worf as the Joe Biden of the Enterprise; he’s got Picard’s back – which might mean he’ll let loose a (photon) torpedo that will blow up in his boss’s face. Oh well.
Picard had his Ressikan Flute; Obama has his Al Green. Can someone please write words to Jay Chattaway’s “Inner Light Theme” so we can hear POTUS sing it?