Biggest dilemma in North Korea these days is how to build up the new Dear Leader with zero experience into some sort of mythical character.
Just send Obama’s media stenographers, they’ll be glad to tell you how to do it.
Kim Ki Nam has one of the toughest jobs in North Korea.
The 82-year old former professor heads the department in North Korea’s ruling party responsible for filling North Koreans’ minds with awe, devotion and unswerving respect for the dictatorial Kim dynasty.
His task now: rapidly elevate the country’s youthful new leader Kim Jong Eun to the status of quasi-deity in the minds of the North Koreans, including the elite, to legitimize the succession and solidify Mr. Kim’s rule.
The Propaganda & Agitation department led by Mr. Kim, who is no relation to the ruling patriarchy, has been working on the project since 2009, when Kim Jong Il selected his third son as his successor.
Propaganda & Agitation? Isn’t that what Media Matters is for?
Some of the department’s early handiwork includes the outrageous claims of ability often associated with Kim Jong Il and widely ridiculed outside the country. North Korea’s new leader is described in one report from May 2009 as “an excellent general who displays the extraordinary talent of hitting the center of the target no matter how many times he fires.”
Then again, you could just send Obama himself. He already considers himself at worst the fourth best president ever.
Myth building in North Korea is a serious business. Analysts say it is seen as critical for the regime, to ensure that the personality cult of the Kim family remains intact and its rule unchallenged.
Substitute North Korea and Kim with Washington and Obama and you wouldn’t know the difference.