The Backside of Barack Obama

Here are GQ's Ana Marie Cox and the Huffington Post's Eat the Press editor Jason Linkins to explain the politics. Why are we seeing so much of the back of Obama? What indeed was Rahm planning? What is the deal with Bo? Is Joe Biden still alive?

Gratuitously magical. Hold on to these moments, Obama fans.


Ana Marie: I don’t know if this is a metaphor for the mood at the White House or what, but Pete Souza sure is taking a lot of pictures of Obama’s back.

Jason: Maybe Pete Souza will write a column for Politico about how frustrated he is with Obama withholding access? “How much money is left in your ‘The Obama White House has a messaging problem’ budget, VandeHei?”


Ana Marie: Seriously that is a lot of pix of Obama’s ass. Ass in mom jeans!

Jason: When Sasha fished her golf ball out of the hole, was John Boehner there, sipping on a Slurpee?

Ana Marie: Tanning on top of an overturned car?


Tell you one thing: Our Special Envoy for Middle East Peace does not seem like he’s paid very much attention to…no wonder it’s been taking awhile!


“And now, folks, a special treat, as Hillary performs her favorite tunes from ‘Anything Goes!'”


“Okay! Middle East Peace Process! Everyone synchronize their watches!”


Ana Marie: There’s no way to get around a throws like a girl joke here.

Jason: There’s also no way of getting around the fact that Bo could start for the Washington Nationals right now.


If this is how Obama looks before every staff meeting, I would be concerned.


Ana Marie: Ol’ Joe Biden, telling that same story about how he was almost president. Again.

Jason: I think Rahm is mulling whether he wants to whip out that Hillary-for-Joe switch plan he’s keeping behind his back.

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