In London there was plenty of the local product to start my day with but here in Prague it is The New York Times in its Euro-disguise as The International Herald Tribune. The front page story in the lead up to the Democrat convention: “The Perfectionist in the White House”, written with not a trace of irony. Here is the first para:
As Election Day approaches, President Barack 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 a doodler of unusual skill.
From there it is all downhill. He also used to say how he could zing a ball over the plate but anyone who has ever seen him throw the first pitch has had a laugh moment of unusual hilarity. A great chili, musical pitch, pool playing skills and a doodler (why isn’t he paying attention?) are the oddest assortment of skills as a recommendation for the American president. That he has no others just goes without saying.