At our Harvard reunion this weekend, guitar god/musician/activist Tom Morello and I got into a "Who's More Like Obama" contest. Tom's got the Kenyan dad, white mom, Illinois boyhood, Harvard education thing going on. I forfeit a point (at least) for a Nigerian dad, but we both agreed that coming of age in Southeast Asia trumps Illinois any day!
But then Tom (who's a great guy, by the way) pulled out his ace in the hole: whenever he or Obama gets on stage, the crowd goes wild.
Me? Not so much.
"And," as Tom noted, somewhat dismayed, "Obama's been on the cover of Rolling Stone more times than I!"
Well played (literally), Tom, and Happy Birthday!