A Rough Landing For Wenner

Rolling Stone founder and editor Jann Wenner opened a July 10 profile of Barack Obama with this fawning assessment of Obama’s campaign airplane:

The first thing I notice about the plane is how low-key it is, all coach seating from back (the press) to front (the candidate). There is no separate compartment for this potential president; he just holds down the second row for himself and his newspapers.

The message here is égalité reigns on Air Force Change — so unlike the egomaniacal and hierarchical trappings of standard campaigns. I wonder how Wenner took the following report from CBS News:

Barack Obama’s new campaign plane is nothing short of grand. Well, for the candidate that is.

Not even a “for” wedged between the two. That’s really “low-key,” eh, Jann? The non-presidential area is divided between business and coach. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Obama’s tricked-out campaign jet. I don’t even think there’s anything wrong with the flying flip-flop. I just can’t get over the folly of those who foolishly read greatness and virtue into every aspect of Barack Obama’s existence, no matter how trivial.