This week, the mainstream news media finally got what it's been longing for all these months. They got to fuse their desire to report the real news with their desire to exercise all the recklessness and emptiness of the tabloids. What brought this on? Well, the same thing that has brought hope and exhilaration to millions, nay, billions world-wide. Of course, I'm talking about Barack Obama. Drink it in, folks. Some Hawaii swimming photos from months ago have resurfaced just in time to fill a programming gap on CNN. The 47-year-old President-Elect not only has the honor of being the first African-American president of the United States, he's also the first president to be featured in the same kind of media reporting as Amy Winehouse (NSFW). Now, I've heard a lot of phrases connected to Mr. Obama. "Presidential hopeful Barack Obama", "Democratic nominee for President Barack Obama", and "Liberal Illinois Senator Barack Obama". Now, I can add "Hot-body political-George-Clooney Barack Obama" to that list. I've said it before and I'll probably be saying it a lot more between now and January 20th: We're living in a slow two and half months. Of course, I could be wrong. This could be just the beginning of a new media approach to presidential coverage. Just like we can rely on miles of rag columns about every minor movement of Paris Hilton, maybe we can look forward to four-to-eight years of Obama-Watch. We have such a photogenic President-Elect with a smile that could light up Madison Square Garden, so why not? And ya know what? If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. I, for one, like that my next president has a respectable set of abs. For too long we've been sending soft, ineffectual sissies on diplomatic excursions and fact-finding missions. At the very least it makes Obama a better role model than most politicians. A cut president will surely encourage aspiring young politicos to eat their Wheaties and do their sit-ups. I also dig the fact that the guy taking office in January prefers ocean sports to, say, hunting. If Obama can get Joe Biden to join him for some boogie-boarding maybe we can go a few years without one of our elected officials shooting somebody in the face. I also like that the next First Lady doesn't look like a scary rich aunt or a churchy librarian. While we're at it, let's hope the Obama girls don't grow up to be slutty party girls. Of course, this could all just be gushy blowback from Obama's approval ratings. Recent polls show that over 80% of Americans are happy with how he's handling the transition period. To put that in perspective, the highest any incoming president's approval ratings have been in the past 20 years was 67%. That was for Bill Clinton way back in 1992. Obama's ratings in a variety of other categories tell a similar story. Apparently, most of us like his cabinet picks, the strength of his message, and the fact that he's pumping out youtube videos on a weekly basis. Now we're in love with his gorgeous bod. Sooner or later, the novelty of actually liking our president will wear off. For now, it feels good to, well, feel good.