The now-iconic pictures of Obama smoking as a college student were also kept under wraps until months after he was elected president. The pictures were hidden in a safety deposit box by a friend of Obama who didn’t want him to be hurt politically.

It wasn’t until the 2012 David Maraniss biography of Obama that a more complete story was published.

Even after six years in the White House, Obama still has the benefit of a media that looks the other way to benefit him.

It took six months for Gawker to break the news that campus radicals Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn were with the Obama family at the August wedding of MSNBC anchor Alex Wagner and former White House chef Sam Kass, even though there was certainly a large media presence there as well.