Tuesday, April 10, 2012
This photo from the White House Easter Egg Hunt, as President Obama reads "Where the Wild Things Are" to the assembled children, is classic enough to feature on its own. But it suggests a few political notes. The Obama campaign understands that it has to be aggressive and lively to be successful against the many millions of dollars that will be spent in lying about President Obama over the next too many months, thanks to the Supreme Court's decision that money should be the prevailing power in selecting our leaders. The Obama campaign right now is countering with on the ground organizing that so far the GOP can't match. But the air war has been joined as well. It's clear that the Obama campaign is not taking anything for granted.
This photo highlights something else--President Obama and Michelle Obama are popular figures. They connect as human beings, as a couple and as parents. President Obama clearly loves being in the company of children. And he loves his dog. So as Americans try to protect their eyes and ears from the barrage of ads and robocalls, such images and realities could become decisive.