Hashtag Diplomacy has no place in the White House
Sometimes, the Obama’s act as if they are still candidates for the Whitehouse, despite 6 years in the office as the President of the United States. One of those moments happened recently. I recently talked about Boko Haram, the slime ball terrorist who took over 250 school girls to sell on the sex black market because “Western Education” is evil, or so he thinks. The First Lady had a picture of her with the hash tag #BringBackOurGirls on a piece of paper she was holding. Lot’s of people praised Michelle for this act, and of course lot’s of people criticized it. Just search for “Hashtag Diplomacy” and you’ll see what I mean.
Using social media is a great way to bring attention to issues to public attention or for public shaming. If the general public doesn’t know about something, getting famous people to throw a hashtag out there so that people start using it is a great way to show the leaders of the country that it’s a topic that people care about. Of course, the leaders typically will jump on the bandwagon and do nothing about it (case in point, President Obama and the coddling of the “99 percenters”). It’s typically a tactic that you use to try to pressure someone to do something either by giving the perception of large numbers or shame.
Let’s make sure that we understand what’s going on here. School girls, in a third world country are kidnapped by a terrorist group who’s name can loosely be translated as “western education is sinful”. Given that, there is obviously an aversion there to anything western. Maybe I’m grasping at straws here, but my guess that would include things like oh twitter, or facebook, or the internet. So, when Michelle Obama and others use Hashtags to try to shame this group into letting the girls go, maybe they don’t care. That’s assuming that they even get word on the fact that people are using hashtags against them.
So, what does it mean when the wife of the person who sits in what is supposed to be the most powerful position in the world uses a hashtag? Well, it might as well have read something like this…
What is sad about Michelle Obama using a Hashtag is that it directly points to the failure of her husband’s Foreign Policy. Sure, it was Hillary who refused to put this group on the terror list, but she’s an employee of President Obama who has the ultimate responsibility. But with the great orator giving speech after speech after speech, we’re kind of tired of hearing him talk (and wow, does that guy like to hear himself speak). Now, to be completely fair, President Obama has reportedly sent US Military officials to Nigeria to help out, which I hope means some serious justice for the girls and we can find them quickly.