In case you thought you’d seen and heard it all when it came to fawning Obama coverage, get a load of this from Politico:
Let’s be honest: Barack Obama is better than you are. He’s a better father — taking breaks from running the world to cheer on his daughters at soccer and basketball games. He’s a better husband — zipping his wife off for dinner in New York and Paris. He’s got a better diet — nibbling on vegetables from his homegrown garden to keep his love handles in check. And he’s got a terrific jump shot. You? Not so much. Call it the politics of personal perfection. The Barack Obama brand is as much about being a personal example to the nation as it is about being a political figure. But the danger of that frothy mix of glamour and domesticity is that President Obama could become in the public mind something he never sought to be: the Martha Stewart of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Only in the world of sycophantic Beltway coverage can taking your kids to soccer and being nice to your wife grant you super-human status. Politico then goes on to discuss, in all seriousness, whether Obama can be “too perfect.” Nah, he’s perfect in his level of perfection!
This is simply embarrassing — all the more so because it runs as the lead story during a week with plenty of real news and with new questions about the vulnerability of the president’s agenda (oh, that). You do have to hand it to the folks at Politico (which recently got into a spat with the New York Times) — they certainly came up with a story that even the Gray Lady wouldn’t have the gall to print.