We in the UK are currently experiencing Obama-love. It is affecting all sort of people from Gordon Brown to the Queen. Really.
Yesterday there was a photocall of The Queen and Prince Philip with the Obamas. Now, is it me or has the Queen shrunk? Michelle Obama looks positively amazonian in comparison. And what about the Prince Philip, I thought he was supposed to be tall? President Obama towers over the lot of them. And what a good looking couple they make? That's Michelle and Barack, not Liz and Phil.
And then, shock horror, Michelle Obama did something that is firmly against Royal protocol. She put her arm around the Queen. Yes, she did! And not only did the Queen not freeze her out with a glare, or have her hauled off to the Tower , she reciprocated! Unbelievable! Never been known before in the history of everything royal. When the Australian Prime Minister put his arm around Liz a few years ago there was acres of news coverage about it, how inappropriate it was, etc, etc. It would seem the Obamas are a different class altogether.
Next, there was news coverage of Gordon Brown and Obama talking to the press. Gordon Brown spent most of the time gazing adoringly at the superstar that is Obama, desperately hoping to catch some of his magic.
And what's more, not only does Obama look like a president he sounds like one too. He managed to do something that George W. Bush could only dream of, he answered questions from the press and was really impressive. We rarely see coverage of the President speaking spontaneously or off the cuff, most of what we see is formal broadcasts but here we saw just how good he is. He must be the most charismatic and impressive President since JFK, surely?