That is the gist of the New York Times front page story of a week ago. You’ve probably all seen it by now, but I’m just getting around to posting it.
I call it Jodi Kantor’s revenge.
Remember Kantor is the author of The Obamas which came out in January of this year. I read the book that did not paint a very favorable picture of Barack and Michelle (here is one post I wrote). If you remember the White House sent Michelle out to various media outlets at the time to declare that she wasn’t ‘some angry black woman’ as she had come across in Kantor’s telling.
One of the most surprising things about the episode (which included the unexpected announcement that Bill Daley was suddenly leaving the White House at the very moment Michelle’s negative views of him and the white Catholic boys in Chicago had been revealed), was that Kantor apparently thought she had written a pretty favorable book and looked genuinely shell-shocked to be attacked by the likes of Soledad O’Brien.
Kantor was essentially drawn and quartered by the mainstream media.
Here then are a few bits from the New York Times piece which highlights some juicy National-Enquirer-style aspects of the Obamas’ lives in the White House.
As Election Day approaches, President Obama is sharing a few important things about himself. He has mentioned more than once in recent weeks that he cooks “a really mean chili.” He has impressive musical pitch, he told an Iowa audience. He is “a surprisingly good pool player,” he informed an interviewer — not to mention (though he does) a doodler of unusual skill.
Four years ago, Barack Obama seemed as if he might be a deliberate professor of a leader, maybe with a touch of Hawaiian mellowness. He has also turned out to be a voraciously competitive perfectionist. Aides and friends say so in interviews, but Mr. Obama’s own words of praise and derision say it best: he is a perpetually aspiring overachiever, often grading himself and others with report-card terms like “outstanding” or “remedial course” (as in: Republicans need one).
But even those loyal to Mr. Obama say that his quest for excellence can bleed into cockiness and that he tends to overestimate his capabilities.
For someone dealing with the world’s weightiest matters, Mr. Obama spends surprising energy perfecting even less consequential pursuits. He has played golf 104 times since becoming president…
His idea of birthday relaxation is competing in an Olympic-style athletic tournament with friends, keeping close score. The 2009 version ended with a bowling event. Guess who won, despite his history of embarrassingly low scores? The president, it turned out, had been practicing in the White House alley.
There is a lot more, read it all. And, for those of you who think Obama’s personality quirks are not important, I beg to differ. His cockiness can lead to his undoing. Well, that is assuming the Romney people have what it takes to get the message out about the narcissistic man-child in the White House.