On Tuesday, the Telegraph published "Fifty things you might not know about Barack Obama,"
and the geeky corners of the web are atwitter about the first item in the list: "He collects Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comics." Note the present tense.
The list, surely provided by handlers, otherwise has the air of well-considered Facebook profile, a healthy mix of gentle self-deprecation ("He has read every Harry Potter book," "He says his worst habit is constantly checking his BlackBerry."), gentle self-aggrandizement ("He can bench press an impressive 200lbs"), consumer choices ("He uses an Apple Mac laptop," "He drives a Ford Escape Hybrid.") and bizarre biographical tidbits ("He worked in a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop as a teenager and now can't stand ice cream," "He kept a pet ape called Tata while in Indonesia.").
And all the people say: He's just like me!