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Barack Obama's World Tour


You have to feel for the McCain campaign. He visits a marketplace in Baghdad, and the only thing that gets mentioned is that he had to wear body armor and walk with a protective cover of helicopter gunships. Or, that he can't tell Shia from Sunni and has to be reminded of the difference by Joe Lieberman.

Obama, on the other hand, takes a little trip abroad and the media types start acting like teenyboppers at a rock concert who can't wait to throw their underwear onto the stage. No, it ain't fair, but unfortunately war heroes, while worthy of our respect, don't make for sexy TV ratings.

Our better angels tell us the media are supposed to be a public trust, but in the end, only the BBC can afford to be boring, because it's government subsidized. Obama, God bless him, moves car insurance, Boniva, retirement plans, erectile dysfunction meds, Activia, Touch of Gray, and all the other essential components of American life that undergird the First Amendment. McCain, unfortunately, only reminds people that they need them.

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Yes, but the media is also fickle. Remember post-9-11 when Bush could do no wrong?

No disrespect Lois_Lane, but not everyone thought Bush was up to the job during 9-11. I was in Manhattan that day and people were very worried about Bush...from the start. For weeks his likeness was in the window of the Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in Times Square and within minutes of the tragedy people were stated to pause while walking down 42nd Street. It was quiet. Then people shook their heads, often making a dismissive gesture with their hand and walked off. The scene repeated itself over and over. A few would mutter disparaging things about Bush, but mostly it was just resignation. You never hear or see these people - a true silent majority - because they are not extremists. Media works best when carrying a simple message. What can be more simple than someone sure that they are correct, and supported by God.

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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