Extraordinary, the Barack Obama effect. I love him as much as the next man, but even I am starting to feel that he is getting too easy a ride. The most powerful man in the world goes on national television and makes a playground joke about the Special Olympics. By any standards this is a significant gaffe. Yet the story has already vanished from the news.
Imagine the brouhaha had a far less significant figure, but one associated with the right, said something similar. Jim Davidson, say? Where does it sit in the moral scale, for that matter, compared to Carol Thatcher using the word "golliwog" in a private conversation?