'Supernova' Obama Risks Flameout

President shines bright, but supernovas don't last
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2009 2:01 PM CST
President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, prior to heading to Hawaii for the holidays.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – President Obama has shone like a supernova, but supernovas, by definition, don’t shine brightly for very long. Obama is definitely a star, “the first real king of all media,” writes Daniel Henninger for the Wall Street Journal. “Nobody says ‘Barack Obama’ anymore. He’s jut ‘Obama.’ He is the champ of one-name celebrities.” Even with his approval ratings plummeting, “it remains impossible to view Obama as just another pol.”

Early in his career, he told Harry Reid, “Harry, I have a gift,” and he obviously does. But it’s a gift for telling people what they want to hear, and that can get you in trouble as president. “The greatest danger to grand men is feet of clay,” says Henninger. In Obama’s case, if America decides he's a cynic, “his fall could come as fast as his rise.”

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