Stupid on the merits but good retail politics in how it syncs with the story of Duke’s coach goofing on The One for wasting time on NCAA picks instead of the economy. Politico’s flirting with heresy this afternoon by wondering if our new Great Communicator is really that great after all, in part because his famous temperament is ill suited to the angry spirit of the time. Chitchat in Burbank at ground zero for celebrity worship while the AIG story is roiling and people are screaming for Geithner’s head only underscores their point, although I assume the venue was deliberately chosen by Obama to try to lighten things up a bit and calm people down. If he can do it, more power to him.

Tags: Barack Obama