The book proposes to help you to self-improvement by emulating the “emotional intelligence” of Barack Obama. “It is through Obama’s ability to face his own pain that he has managed to grow continually throughout his life. And I hope that by the end of this book you will be better placed to do the same.” I am, as Dave Barry used to say, not making this up.
Exercises in the book include, Learning to blame George W. Bush for anything that goes wrong in your life, How to use the word “I” until you sound like you’re singing “Cielito Lindo,” and, of course, Surrounding yourself with media toadies who reflect your distorted ideas back to you as reality.
Okay, I DID make those chapters up. But my point is, the Obama camp is overflowing with well-educated, well-to-do grown-ups with the “emotional intelligence” not to say “political intelligence” of 12-year-old girls at a Justin Bieber concert. Desperate as the times are, we’re certainly not starved for laughs in this election.