By John Solomon
How the government's punishing of the exposure of official wrongdoing can linger for years
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
May, it turns out, is a manly month, and a funny one at that.
The administration is downplaying the revelation that the State Department blew $70,000 in taxpayer cash buying copies of President Obama's books. As first reported in The Washington Times, the purchase was meant to "engage key audiences in discussions of foreign policy." It's another uncomfortable reminder of the degree to which those who surround Mr. Obama feel it necessary to bathe him in adulation.
In a Time magazine cover story, "The Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation," writer Joel Stein notes that in a 2007 survey "three times as many middle-school girls want to grow up to be a personal assistant to a famous person as want to be a senator."
"I've never seen anything like it," Los Angeles Times reporter Joel Stein wrote after attending an Obama rally in February 2008. "People are crying, rending their garments."