Michelle Obama has had a good Presidential election

Michelle Obama
Photo by Obama for America

Remember the summer of 2010 and Michelle Obama’s holiday jaunt to Spain with her two daughters and a select group of friends which unleashed a storm of criticism, with accusations of jet-set living at taxpayer expense even as millions of Americans struggled to make ends meet in a lagging economy.

“Michelle Obama seems more like a modern-day Marie Antoinette…than an average mother of two,” drummed  Andrea Tantaros in The New York Daily News, gifting headlines like ‘Let them eat Tapas’.

Well, Michelle Obama has had a good presidential election in 2012. And the French, home of that same Marie Antoinette, absolutely adore her. Continue reading

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Petraeus’ tactical retreat: an almost flawless execution

Gen. David Petraeus
Photo by Hector Alejandro

Normally, nothing provokes more ludicrous and hysterical behaviour from our public figures than sex scandals. Bill Clinton famously queried the definition of the word “is” to defend his contrary statements on Monica Lewinsky. Newt Gingrich used allegations made against him by a former wife to launch an uncharacteristically terse attack on CNN.

The Petraeus affair, in contrast, has so far managed to stay relatively clean-cut – at least for Petraeus himself. Continue reading