hmm I believe I need to re-read the restaurant at the end of the universe
I'd recommend re-reading all of them. Full of fun philosophy. I love the manifestation of the The Guide as a strange birdlike creature who can do "reverse temporal engineering" in the last book.
The one part I didn't like was "Bistro-mathematics". I think that tipped from being funny because it took and idea and stretched it, to being just plain silly.
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Yes imagine being the president and being concerned about getting everything 'right'. It would certainly slow down decision making. I'm not sure if Obama really suffered from this or not, on the surface he seems like the most reasonable president in my life time. But I don't know him well.
I'm not sure either. That's just the "chin-stroking" caricature. As with all caricatures, it's difficult to assess from a distance how accurate it is.
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I dimly seem to remember Zaphod is the official ruler of the universe? But I also think he realises that he shouldn't be (and isn't)? I may be giving Zaphod too much credit
The story goes that he wanted to be president but realised that this alone disqualified him for the job. So he cooked up the plan with Zarniwoop to perform surgery on his own brain to cheat the system. But he had to leave clues for himself to find later. At least, that's how I remember it.
The idea of a comparison between Trump and Beeblebrox is growing on me. Perhaps Steve Bannon is Zarniwoop. (Apologies to anyone who might be reading this who isn't a Douglas Adams nerd.)
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And the guy in the shack is therefore "the swamp" who Zarniwoop wants to find and confront. The more I think about this, the more creepily it seems to make sense.
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The horribly inevitable conclusion is that The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (the fictional one in the novels) is Breitbart News.