First of all, some might wonder, given Newsweek’s fawning coverage of the man, whether this is the first time he’s written for Newsweek or whether this is just the first time he got a byline…

Last, how does having Obama write a Newsweek story help? If it does, great. But sending the Commander-in-Chief to his word processor doesn’t convey an image of authority and control. At least it doesn’t to me. Indeed, this would be easier to see if Obama didn’t have this man-of-letters cult. I’m pretty sure that if Bush had penned a story about Katrina for Time magazine, the national press corps would have mocked the whole enterprise.