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December 31, 2008
Candidate Obama; Now He Gets to Live With It
Pretty people with good posture, enviable wardrobes and People
magazine cover-worthy offspring should not be surprised that
photographers follow their every move, crouching in the bushes for hours
to get a right exposure on that toothy smile.
President-elect Obama and his family should know that by now. There is a
shred of empathy left for Hollywood’s microabrasion-worn mothers of
seven (or is it eight this week?) just trying to keep the cheese puff
consumption under control between award shows. But if you run for (very)
public office capitalizing on the tabloid-quality charisma, please don’t
complain about the resulting exposure before you even get into office.
Now that we finally have a leader with defined abs and no qualms about
showing them off, hell yes, we’re going to want to look. This is
America. We’re voyeurs, and the Obama family has reaped much success
from the photo ops that Angelina and Brad wouldn’t turn down. Can you
think of any other first couples that makes you say, “Awww” instead of “Ew”?
The McCains are sweet together, but it’s more of an “Aww, look, grandpa
still has it going on!”
While vacationing in Hawaii with his family, Obama acted annoyed at the
hoards of photographers documenting his moderate golf skills. With no
public schedule and mostly private meals, Obama has avoided shameless
acts of milking recent publicity. He’ll get plenty more.
The Palin family just welcomed – with great excitement – Bristol’s first
son, Tripp. Sarah is beaming, People magazine has reported.
What’s not to be thrilled about? Your unwed teenager giving birth right
after the baby’s other grandma was arrested on drug-related charges? No,
my bet is on the $300,000 that the baby’s pictures are reported to have
been sold for.
The Russians who can see the Palins from their house confirmed that
reality show talks are under way.
It’s easy to get used to the limelight, and once it moves on, its hard
to get it back. Sometimes you have to increase your blood pressure
medication and really put yourself out there. Besides, comebacks are big
these days. If Monica Lewinsky can bounce back and become a purse
designer, don’t be surprised if Ron Paul starts pushing limited edition
gold on late night TV.
Sarah Palin can always follow in the footsteps of Paris Hilton who
trademarked “That’s hot!” and turn “Team of Mavericks,” “You betcha,”
and “Palling around with terrorists” into something more than an
embarrassment for the Alaskan schooling system.
Previously the king of charismatic spin, Bill Clinton needs to sit down
in his well-funded library and review his public relations notes.
Denying that he said Obama “pulled the race card on me” would have gone
over a lot better if it didn’t happen on the radio. That’s the kind of
publicity you don’t want, especially since you don’t have a cute kid to
distract from your faux pas.
While the inauguration is bound to be a media frenzy, in the long run,
Obama has nothing to worry about. At any given moment, somewhere out
there is an ambitious young community organizer and hockey mom who can’t
wait to make their lives a circus for a public servant’s pay.
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