While all of Europe—even the right-wing Nicolas Sarkozy—goes ga-ga over Barack Obama, the would-be president is keeping it real, writes an uncharacteristically un-scathing Maureen Dowd in the New York Times. “If you start believing your own hype, which I rarely do, things’ll turn on your pretty quick anyway,” Obama tells Dowd, . Plus, he’s anticipating “some backlash” among Americans for cozying up with the French.
Obama’s all over the tabloids: his private prayer at Jerusalem’s Western Wall was snitched by a seminary student, and he was stalked by a blonde reporter at a Berlin gym who wrote that his T-shirt smelled like “fabric softener” in a German tabloid. But "I'm just realizing what I’ve got to become accustomed to,” he says.