L.A.: Hot and miserable; Barack Obama: Cool and refreshing
A president who reads. A president who talks. Boy howdy, can Barack Obama talk. He sounds like a regular person — a highly educated person, yes, but most of all, a sober and square fellow.
Change? It's automatic, at the very least in style. For proof, see Steve Kroft's interview of the Obamas on 60 Minutes.
Good thing that Slate's Jacob Weisberg has other journalistic skills. For the past eight years, Weisberg has feasted on the malappropriate George W. Bush — see The Complete Bushisms.
You won't see similar compilations of "Obamaisms." Even the most reactionary Americans will have to agree on that.
On the other hand, Bush did set a high standard for his successor on September 19, when he stood before reporters in the Rose Garden to talk about Wall Street's greed-driven, self-inflicted meltdown and vowed:
Do it, Obama. Follow through on Bush's promise to the nation.
Oh, and try to stamp out some of Bush's other fires — the one he neglected in Afghanistan, the one he started in Iraq.
Hope you have more success than the firefighters in L.A.'s suburban mountains.
While the harsh, hot Santa Ana winds fan flames on the West Coast, a cool, fresh breeze from Chicago is refreshing the East Coast.
NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
Agence France Presse: 'US media ramps up to cover new White House'
Chicago Tribune: 'Obama's Chicago' (Interactive map)
Chicago Tribune: 'Obama's Sam Cooke connection'
Washington Post: 'Obama adds staff to growing White House team'
McClatchy: 'Scene of the crimes'
Daily Star (Lebanon): 'Iranian VP in hot water again over girls dancing with Koran'
N.Y. Times: 'Across U.S., Big Rallies for Same-Sex Marriage'
Daily Star (Lebanon): 'Suicide blast kills 15 as Iraqi Cabinet approves security pact'
Daily Star (Lebanon): 'Pakistan suspends supply convoys for foreign forces in Afghanistan'
Wall Street Journal: 'Top Republicans Oppose Auto Industry Bailout'