One of the hallmarks of Barack Obama’s charm offensive has been exploiting his celebrity with popular interviewers, whether it’s dancing with Ellen or getting coffee with Jerry Seinfeld. It can be fun and different to see a political figure interviewed by the kind of people who don’t normally interview the president.
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Jared Whitley is a writer living in Washington, D.C. He has worked for newspapers, Sen. Orrin Hatch, and the White House Communications Office under President Bush.
There’s an old saying that “fashion is never finished.” In principle, the idea is that cultural sensibilities for aesthetics (re the fashionable) are a continual evolution that will always find new and different ways to dazzle the eye.
An election is a zero-sum game. Unlike in other industries, where an organization that comes in second can still enjoy a hefty market share, coming in second in politics means you lost. You will not get to go to Washington, you will not get your name on any buildings, you will not be able to reward your loyal supporters with anything but gratitude.
Last Christmas, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to detonate plastic explosives on Northwest Airlines Flight 253, but was subdued thanks to the quick action of his fellow passengers. A shock to the American people -- particularly given the otherwise peaceful holiday -- the attempt has sparked an attention to airline security not seen since 9/11.
The stage is set for the forthcoming elections, and the orchestra’s engaged. Now it’s time to see if the Tea Party can actually dance.