Apparently, someone from Vanity Fair appeared on the Today Show to talk about an upcoming profile he did on Barack Obama. Given that he was from Vanity Fair, you could generally expect that the profile would not only be fawning, but was likely covered with drool when handed into his editor – drool that was only briefly removed in the editing process, and then carefully replicated on the pages of the final product.
Whoever he is, he seems to have an unusual affinity for his biographical subject. Meaning, of course, that he pretty much spelled out a complex sexual fantasy about Barack Obama on live television while Matt Lauer looked on hazily.
“…it was actually very revealing…he doesn’t let anybody treat him like the president. If you’re watching the game, you’d have no idea who – which one is the president…he likes a really challenging environment…it’s a relationship among equals.”
The gushing from Lewis was prompted by co-host Matt Lauer wondering: “What did you see about the way he [Obama] handles himself on the court that sheds some light on his personality and how he might handle himself in the job?” Lewis observed: “…he’s effective on the court, he’s a good basketball player – but he plays a game that seems very risk averse….But then all of a sudden, when there’s a risk to take, it’s boom. He’s got the personality of a sniper.”
Matt Lauer then briefly suggested that Lewis may have a tinge of the Stockholm Syndrome. Lewis responded by going into great detail about the President’s “decision making process” which, by Lewis’ own account, appears to involve no actual decision making. But whatever. Vanity Fair appears to involve no actual revolutionary journalism. So we can call them even.