The Brangelina-fication Of The Obamas
You couldn`t pass a grocery store line this weekend
without seeing the picture-perfect smiles of the Obama
family. There were Barack Obama`s young daughters (whose
privacy their parents so sanctimoniously claim to want
to protect) flashing their pearly whites
on the cover of People magazine. Malia and
Sasha competed for attention right next to Brad Pitt and
Angelina Jolie`s toddler daughter, Shiloh, whose
cherubic face was splashed on the cover of
another celebrity tabloid. Next to them beamed
Lindsay Lohan and her
new lesbian lover—oh, and that
formerly pregnant "man" who just gave birth to a
The Obamas blended seamlessly into this
Hollyweird pop culture galaxy.
The spread in People, which earlier this year
fawned over a photo of the
bare-chested Obama in his swimsuit, was supposed to
be an "exclusive" first and last look at life at
home with the Obamas. Knowing what we know about the
Obama we know now, it probably won`t be the last.
They`ve hawked the kids to TV gossip show
blabbed about their romance to Us
Weekly magazine, and plopped Michelle O—the
whom the Obamessiah declares immune from public
criticism—in front of the cameras to schmooze
effortlessly for "The Colbert Report" and "The
View" demographics. They believe their two-faced
tabloid strategy (show their true elitist colors behind
closed doors, but play the Every Family for the Obamedia
sycophants) is working. Given our dumbed-down,
celebrity-obsessed culture, they are probably right.
Who cares about Barack`s perilous lack of foreign
policy experience, his longtime associations with
left-wing radicals and domestic terrorists, and his
business dealings with
Chicago corruptocrats? People magazine brings you
the scoop on what really matters in this critical
presidential campaign: Michelle hula-hoops with her
daughters. They`re just like you and me! The kids have
slumber parties. They`re just like you and me! Barack
does laundry, but he doesn`t fold it. They`re just like
you and me! The kids get small allowances. They`re just
like you and me! The Obamas wear normal clothes while
doing normal things.
THEY`RE JUST LIKE YOU AND ME!
There`s a popular feature in most gossip magazines
that rates celebrities as "normal" vs. "not
normal" or "diva" vs. "down to earth."
This is supposed to humanize the stars and make
celebrity followers feel better about their empty idol
worship. Paparazzi catch "normal" famous people
in candid moments—taking out the trash, scarfing down
hot dogs, goofing around with their kids at the
playground—and magazine editors compare them to photos
of "not normal" celebs in elitist repose—walking
with their umbrella carriers, surrounded by seven
bodyguards and three nannies, boarding their Gulfstreams,
The fatal flaw in the tabloids` Obamas-as-next-door-neighbors
propaganda, of course, is that unlike the candid shots
of normal, down-to-earth celebrities without makeup or
entourages, the photos of the Obamas in "normal"
mode are all carefully choreographed fauxtographs.
Snobama complains about "bitter"
rural voters who
"cling" to their guns
and religion and moans about the price of
arugula in his candid unscripted moments,
JustLikeYou&Me Michelle cunningly brags about buying her
sundresses at discount retailer H&M and, with studied
casualness, tells reporters that she doesn`t mind if the
kids` beds aren`t perfectly made. Uh-huh.
The Obamas do everything but pick their noses for the
cameras to mimic Real People bona fides. The Obamedia
stenographers in the celebrity press—and the mainstream
press, for that matter—eat it up. And so do the American
people. Former Star magazine editor Bonnie Fuller,
citing a poll showing that more adults would like to
invite Obama to a summer barbecue than McCain, hailed
the Obamas in Advertising Age as the "Brangelina of
the political world."
Obama and his political paparazzi are banking on
people`s stupidity and his cult of personality to carry
him to the White House. Unfortunately, the odds are in
his favor. Just try talking to one of the millions of
people with their noses buried in People or Us about
Obama`s relationship with Jeremiah Wright or Bill Ayers,
his flip-flops on the Iraq war surge and his reckless
naivete regarding Iran, and you`ll see what I mean.
The exclamation of a journalist at the UNITY minority
news media gathering this weekend sums up the
star-struck reverence that fuels the Obama phenomenon:
"He touched me!" And yet, he`s sooo "down to
Hurtling toward a government of the stupid, by the
stupid, for the stupid we go.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Michelle Malkin [email
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