The morning news shows were more insane then usual this morning. I had to watch a five minute segment on a cat who plays the piano. Then there was a ten minute segment on Michelle Obama's decision to wear shorts on vacation. They brought in two experts to debate whether or not Michelle showed too much skin. It's excellence in journalism, I tell you.
While the debate over Michelle's shorts is stupid, it is true that the Obamas have altered the perception of the presidency. It's less regal and more folksy. Not only does Michelle have some cellulite, just like you and me, but they watch SpongeBob with their kids. We know about their little squabbles about clothes and smoking. Obama has a formidable mother-in-law – how normal is that?
They're plastered on magazine covers and TV. Obama gives press conference after press conference. He's doing the town hall meetings. He's everywhere. He's like my neighbor, Fred, putzing around in the yard shirtless, his big beer belly hanging over his shorts.
The Obama presidency is less Camalot, and more cul-de-sac.
All that normality isn't a good thing for the president. He's removed an important trump card of the presidency — awe and fear. He's too normal and he's over-exposed.
He shouldn't be doing these town hall meetings. There needs to be another point person doing all this leg work. They should bring in Obama to bat clean up. Bring him out at the end, when others have got on base. No one is paying attention to his speeches anymore, because we're tired of him.