It’s not Obama’s fault that two publicity-seeking reality-show wannabees crashed the State Dinner for the Indian Prime Minister, any more than it was Obama’s fault that the Nobel Peace Prize committee awarded Obama the undeserved Peace Prize.
In the absence of any real achievements by Obama, however, these quirks of fate seem destined to define Obama in a way that is damaging to his presidency.
The greatest celebrity on earth increasingly is being viewed just as the McCain campaign predicted. The phrase “reality show” is not something any president wants mentioned in close proximity to his name, much less in photographs plastered all over the internet (and the White House news feed).
The photo of Obama warmly greeting the bleached-blonde stick-thin faux-famous reality-show hopeful is an image which will enter the public consciousness.
And there is not much Obama can do about it.