Shocking news from the redesigned Newsweek (now with even more Meacham!): President Barack Obama, the smartest man in the history of the world, doesn't understand basic frog biology. As I mentioned in my first blog entry a little more than a year ago, debunking the myth of the boiled frog -- the false notion, advanced by countless writers, that a frog in water will happily die, if only the heat is turned up slowly -- is a mission I share with James Fallows, the Strunk and White of the boiled-frog-cliche opposition movement.
Here is Obama, not getting it:
Did you consult any former presidents or celebrities about the fishbowl effect in raising the girls?
Well, you know, the truth of the matter is that the campaign was the equivalent of me being the frog in the saucepan of water and the temperature slowly being turned up. By the time the inauguration had taken place, we had pretty much gotten accustomed to it.