This week’s Economist’s cover story discusses President Barack Obama as ‘the man who could walk on water’ and is now ‘neck deep in it’. A clear reference to Jesus’ walking on water miracle, as the phrase has now come to mean a miraculous ability to do something. Certainly the earlier years of the Obama presidency were marked by a adoration of Obama that had not been seen in modern times, and virtually impossible to achieve in the modern media glare. Personally, Obama only helps any inclination to admire him: the gentleman is intelligent and handsome, he is a perfect father, he has a perfect family. The First Lady is a force in her own right. Even his children have their own clout: as two days ago showed, a T-shirt his little girl wore could ignite the nationwide sellout of that T-shirt in a few hours.
The media is powerful, pervasive and punishing. The Economist, for that matter, put its dollar on Obama during his reelection run and the weight of a certification from a magazine of this standing is no small thing.
Nobody can deny the President the same ‘rope’ we give all the others… let us see how things finally shape out, indeed, if it means many years after he has vacated the White House for another President. The fruits or fallouts of policy are not usually evident the morning after the implementation of a policy.