Barack's body man

[Conor Friedersdorf]

On the streets of DC these days there's a new freebie publication called Bit O' Lit that provides short excerpts of newly released fiction and non-fiction. It's a nice option for Metro reading when The Onion isn't available and a good way to stay up on mass market fiction, though I can't actually say I have much of a desire to do that.

Instead I usually focus on the non-fiction section. The excerpt I've enjoyed most is from Gene Healy's new book, The Cult of the Presidency. I've been looking for an excuse to blog about it. His post here on Barack Obama's "body man" saves me the trouble. It would drive me nuts to have an assistant always at my elbow attending to my every need, though perhaps I'd feel differently were I running for office.