At his fundraiser with George Clooney Thursday night, President Obama revisited one of his favorite themes -- that he's getting older, that he's getting less cool -- but with a very special twist: A reference to The Atlantic Wire. At least, we're going to choose to believe the reference was to the Atlantic Wire. Obama told the audience, "People have commented on the fact I've got gray hair now. There was a blog post about look how wrinkly Obama is getting. Sort of distressing. George doesn't have to go through these things." (Clooney responded: "Look at me!") Clearly, Obama's referring to the Wire's post on May 4 titled "Obama's Getting So Wrinkly." That post featured 10 photos of all the laugh lines and worry lines and crow's feet that cut across the once youthful president's face. We were worried that maybe some other site had observed Obama's increasing wrinkliness, but nope we're the top Google result for "Obama wrinkly." (Other results are either web sites that reprinted our post or reports on Obama's visit to Clooney's house.)
It's not a surprise to learn that Obama reads blogs like ours. Way back in November 2008, his advisers struggled to regulate Obama's BlackBerry, the New York Times reported, saying "his advisers wanting to keep him from reading blogs and news updates all day long, yet aides said he still seemed to hear about nearly everything in real time." They were only semi-successful, as when adviser David Axelrod explained his boss's reading habits to The Washington Post 2010, he noted, "he'll read blog items." His iPad was spotted in the Oval Office a year ago. And last month, the president told Rolling Stone that in addition to reading all the New York Times columnists, "There are a handful of blogs, Andrew Sullivan's on the Daily Beast being an example, that combine thoughtful analysis with a sampling of lots of essays that are out there. The New Yorker and The Atlantic still do terrific work." Obviously the terrific work he was talking about -- in addition to all the magazine's amazing reporting from abroad and at home -- was a site that posts an HD examination of his wrinkles. Mr. President, we're proud to be the leading site for news about your wrinkles. Care to do a Media Diet for us?