Barack Obama's overseas tour is gaining as much notice for the outsized press entourage as it is for the trip itself. Howard Kurtz is the Washington Post navel-gazing media reporter and his dispatch today either consciously or unconsiously echoes the central metaphor of Maureen Dowd's Labors of Hercules column:
After saying little in public during a weekend in Iraq and Afghanistan, Barack Obama met with traveling reporters near Jordan's Temple of Hercules, a gladiator standing his ground against the media hordes.A little later in the column Maureen Dowd herself makes and indirect appearance as Obama specifically mentioned her by name for some reporter repartee:
Singling out New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd yesterday, Obama said: "What are you guys going to do in Berlin? Huh? Dowd? You got any big plans?"My guess is just stare dreamily at The One on his world tour.