As depressing as presidential campaigns are, they can be entertaining, too, as long as you enjoy forms of entertainment that don’t cheer you up. President Obama just gave us a good example with his latest promotional offering, The Life of Julia, which chronicles a faceless, solitary woman’s journey “forward” from cradle to grave, apparently without family or friends, as a dependent ward of the welfare state and grateful consumer of its “free” benefits. At every step, the reader is reminded that it is Mr. Barack Obama from whom all of Julia’s blessings flow (even though, at the later stops along her timeline, Mr. Obama will have been out of office for decades) — whereas Mitt Romney’s Dickensian aim is to grind the poor, helpless gamin to dust in the gears of his soulless capitalist machine.
As you’d expect, this item has evoked a lively response from the Right. For sheer entertainment value it would be hard to top Iowahawk’s riposte, which you can have a look at here.