George W. Bush was (rightly) criticized relentlessly for the amount of vacation time he took as president. I wonder how much time Obama has spent on cameos in TV shows, making music videos, and other marketing stunts that have no other purpose than building his brand. Younger generations see this stuff and get excited about it not realizing how shameless, brazen, and inappropriate it is for a president to use his public office to prance and prune on mass media. In authoritarian regimes, this is what you see from high ranking officials. They use their connections in media to present themselves in the most flattering light, to give the masses the impression that they are well liked and just easy going guys with an abiding concern for the common man. Whether in those countries or right here in the good ol USA, it’s all a show.