Let’s take those statements one-by-one. Is the president our boss? Of course not; in a democracy of any type, including our own republic, an elected official works for the voters. The “boss” analogy is not only inappropriate, it’s dangerous. A boss issues orders, and can punish workers who don’t follow those orders. If the analogy was in any way applicable, Obama could call House Speaker John Boehner into his office and fire him on the spot.
Now, if any kind of corporate structure analogy applies, it’s that the president is merely an administrator, serving at the pleasure of a board (in this case, a board composed of every voting American). But even that’s imperfect. Administrators don’t generally defy the majority of the board, as Obama has done with the imposition of the still-unpopular Affordable Care Act.
How about the “mom and dad of the country” part? Again, the analogy doesn’t work — except, perhaps, in the unintended consequences of the War on Poverty launched in the 1960s. The federal government became the father — the main provider, at least — to many families.
The results have been disastrous. Obama himself, who grew up with a single mother, has acknowledged this.
“We need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception,” he said. “We need them to realize that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child — it’s the courage to raise one.”
The rest of Rock’s sentence — that there can be consequences for not listening to your father, is a sort of muddled interpretation of a biblical commandment: Honor your father and mother. There’s also a promise: “that your days might be long.”
How does this apply to the federal government? It doesn’t. At all. We are to obey laws, of course, but the law is not the same as the president. There may be a little confusion over that, with the broad powers presidents wield with executive orders. But the truth is Obama answers to us, not the other way around.
Any other understanding of the relationship would be a joke.