Obama kills a fly and the media goes beserk! The indispensable Iowahawk reports here on a suit being brought by the widow of the fly, and P.E.T.A., always eager for a little easy and free publicity, of course chimed in. Maureen Dowd came up with a column on the Obama fly-icide, and I am milking a post out it!
This is all pretty lighthearted but it does bring up one dismaying aspect of the modern presidency: every move a president makes will be endlessly replayed on the internet, and subject to minute examination. Imagine having a job in which you could not even swat a fly without it being a media sensation. Regular readers of this blog will agree that I have few kind words to say about our current fly-swatter in chief, but I must say that I do have a fair amount of sympathy for any person who is president in regard to the microscopic examination they receive each day. True, they volunteer for it, and fight tenaciously for the job. However, I suspect that until they are fully immersed in the presidency they do not fully comprehend the impact such non-stop twenty-four hour life-on-constant-display will have upon them. My sympathies of course are much greater for the spouse of a president and absolute for the children of a president. It surprises me that more of them do not suffer a greater adverse impact from such coverage. My sympathy on this score for the Obamas is so great, that I truly hope they do not have to put up with this type of intense media scrutiny beyond January 2013!