And if he leaves the outside unpainted, he attracts Democratic presidential candidates:
Signs in front yards and stickers on car bumpers are apparently no longer enough -- Barack Obama wants his name emblazoned in huge letters on barns across rural Ohio.
The Democrat's White House campaign said Monday its volunteers were fanning out across the pivotal state -- which handed victory to President George W. Bush in 2004 -- to help supportive farmers paint their barns in his colors. [...]Logan's barn was shown in a new campaign video undergoing a political makeover in time-lapse photography, emerging with Obama's red, white and blue horizon logo and name in huge lettering on its side.
So, Barack Obama wants his name in huge letters on barns across Ohio. Somehow that doesn't seem to fit Maureen Dowd's description of him as Mr. Darcy, does it?
Of course, Obama's supporters would say he's not vain at all. All that Obama/Messiah stuff? Embarrassing, probably created by overzealous supporters. Why, shucks darn, Obama's just a humble, simple man o' the people (get a corndog in his hand!).
And this humble, simple man of the people is upset at John McCain. Why? For, of all things, casting Obama as a celebrity:
In a presidential campaign freighted with war, recession and energy woes, a jibe featuring Paris Hilton, of all things, seems to have struck a nerve in Democrat Barack Obama. For the second time in two weeks, he aired a TV ad Monday rebutting Republican John McCain's claim that Obama is little more than a celebrity, like the blonde hotel heiress.
The first time, Obama dismissed the assertion as "baloney." On Monday, Obama took a different tack with a commercial that says McCain, not he, is "Washington's biggest celebrity."
Of course, all of this is a big waste of voters' time and attention, when much more serious issues demand our national attention, such as which candidate has better office Feng Shui:
With a few simple changes in their Senate offices, both presidential candidates could improve their health, relationships and maybe even get a few more votes, says Taylor Vance, a Feng Shui consultant. [...]
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy that examines how a person's environment affects his life. [...]
There's one suggestion Vance thinks both candidates would benefit from — adding a small fountain in the back left corner of their offices, the area that relates to money and opportunities.
"That would help bring in more campaign contributions," Vance said.
I can't imagine that a real, live, paid journalist wrote the above story. I would say that it's the sort of piece that belongs in the National Enquirer, except that these days that would be an insult to the Enquirer.