Obama Magazine Covers


Newsbusters gripes: "Obama on Time's Cover AGAIN!".

Via Drudge we get the recognition that Time Magazine has once again placed the Obamessiah on its cover. This makes the 7th time in the space of a year that Obama has graced the cover of Time Magazine.

Thus far, McCain has found the favor of the front cover precisely two times.

Queries Newsbusters: "In the tank much?"

Hm. Pun Salad original research: National Review comes out every couple weeks, half as often as Time. In their sixteen issues so far this year, Obama's been on the cover six times (February 11, April 7, May 5, June 30, August 18, and the latest, September 1). He's been pictured on a hot air balloon, portrayed as the Messiah, looking young and shiftless on a Chicago street, speaking intensely, cariacatured as a citizen of the world. And on the latest, well, he just looks snooty.

And Michelle Obama has been on once (April 21), looking aggrieved.

Number of times McCain has graced NR's cover in 2008: Zero point zero times.

So, please, Newsbusters: if you really want to OD on Obama magazine covers, renew your subscription to National Review.

Uh, although your basic point is correct: Time is in the tank for Obama.

Charlie Bartlett

[Amazon Link] [4.0
stars] [IMDb Link]

You don't necessarily expect a high school drug dealer to be a sympathetic character, but …

Seventeen-year-old Charlie desperately wants to be popular, but the only tactics that occur to him are ones that put him at odds with school and legal authorities; as the movie opens, he's being thrown out of his latest private school for the manufacture and sale of fake IDs. We learn that his family is insanely rich, but his dad is mysteriously absent, and his well-meaning mom lives in a clueless fog fueled by Chardonnay and Klonopin. In desperation, she decides it's time for Charlie to live at home and attend public school.

Things don't start well for Charlie; his preppy accessories and manners irk the local bullies, and he can't make inroads with the popular kids. But he hatches a scheme when his psychiatrist carelessly misprescribes Ritalin for his problems. Soon Charlie's playing shrink for the entire school, supplying prescription drugs as he deems necessary. (Fortunately, Charlie's perceptive and empathetic, and a quick study in matters pharmaceutical, so this doesn't immediately turn into a disaster.) He woos and wins the lovely Susan, and runs afoul of the princpal, Susan's father, played by Robert Downey Jr.

The movie is (slightly) honest when it finally plays out the consequences of Charlie's amateur psychiatry and drug-dealing. It's way too facile in resolving the various resulting crises. But it's funny and unpredictable, and I had a good time.

The actor playing Charlie, Anton Yelchin, is also in the new Star Trek movie, playing Chekov. This raised my Trek-fanboy expectations for the movie even higher.

Last Modified 2012-10-11 3:14 PM EDT