Is President Obama becoming the Drake of U.S. politics – flooding the excessively eager media with his image? Bill Maher seems to think so. Maher wrote in a June 17 editorial in the LA Times:
“President Obama should just join the cast of ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!’ It’s not that far fetched; he’s been on everything else. I’m still a fan, but there’s a fine line between being transparent and being overexposed. Every time you turn on the TV, there’s Obama. He’s getting a puppy! He’s eating a cheeseburger with Joe Biden! He’s taking the wife to Broadway and Paris — this is the best season of “The Bachelor” yet! [...] Remember during the campaign when John McCain attacked Obama for acting like a celebrity and we all laughed at the grumpy old shellshocked fool? Well, it turns out he was right.”
Do Maher and McCain have a point? Let’s take a look at his week in review. In the past seven days, Mr. President…
… proposed an overhaul of the U.S. financial system.
… wrote a super sweet (and super public) reflection on fatherhood.
… made the case for universal health care.
… got into trouble with PETA for his cruelty to the aforementioned fly.
… extended some benefits for federal employees’ same-sex partners.
Well, he’s definitely been busy. What do you think? Does he need to get back into the Oval Office and get to work, or is there no such thing as too much Obama?