A Comedian as President

It’s common to liken politicians to clowns or comedians, but what’s it like to really have a comedian as president of your country?  On May 20th, 2019 Volodymyr Zelensky was inaugurated as the sixth president of Ukraine.  His production company, Kvartal 95, produced a comedy television series, Servant of the People, in which Zelensky starred as President of Ukraine.  The series ran from 2015 through 2019.  In March 2018, employees of Kvartal 95 registered a new political party with the same name as the TV series, and Zelensky, running on the party’s ticket, won election to the presidency with 73% of the vote in the second round, defeating incumbent Petro Poroshenko (remember that name).

Here is a presentation Zelensky made at the YES Ukraine 2019 Conference on September 13th, 2019, supposing world leaders had a WhatsApp group.... [Read More]

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