Last summer on his $100 million family tour of Africa, Barack Obama hoped for a priceless photo op with Nelson Mandela, the ailing freedom pioneer who went from prison cell to the presidency of South Africa in one of modern history’s more remarkable national — and personal — transformations.
Mandela’s family suggested that wasn’t going to happen.
So, the Obamas did a photo op in Mandela’s former prison cell. The Obama White House hastened to post one of those on Twitter Thursday as soon as word arrived of the icon’s passing at 95.
Obama immediately scheduled a photo op of his own in time for the evening news. But before that he was captured in an action photograph staring at television coverage of the passing of the vaunted victor over apartheid.
And that static Obama image was then posted as the official Obama White House Photo of the Day.
Obama thinks nothing is real unless he is somehow involved in it. He’s the ultimate solipsist. From his point of view it’s his world, and we’re only living in it. Unless he doesn’t notice us at all. Then we don’t even exist to him. Or to anybody else, apparently.