Is Barack Obama Secretly a Zen Buddhist Master?
From the angry fringe right of America, we sometimes hear confused yelling about how Barack Obama is secretly a Kenyan, or a Muslim, or an intellectual, or an elitist, or a talented writer and speaker, or a very successful man with a seemingly happy family life, or a rich and powerful leader, or a thoughtful man or even the important fictional space alien, Mr. Spock — basically, everything that the rapidly aging and increasingly isolated Republican voter is not. This is a tactic that says a lot more about the accuser than the accused, but there’s no denying that in Barack Obama, the nation once again has an exceptional, almost otherworldly individual serving as president. And after two solid decades of bumbling Bushes and sleazy Clintons occupying the White House, the very idea of a president who is better than you is almost too weird to accept. Yet presidents — the good ones, at least — are supposed to be extraordinary. Even if they came from humble beginnings, the great presidents