Kelly McParland: The Kardashianization of U.S. politics

Posted: August 6, 2013 in National Politics
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You get the impression that Barack Obama headed home from work a bit early one day recently, came upon Sasha and Malia glued to the tube watching Kim Kardashian, and had an understandably fatherly reaction. As in: “What’s that crap you’re watching?”
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U.S. President Barack Obama has hit out at society’s infatuation with celebrity culture and suggested it might be killing the American dream.

In a wide-ranging interview, Mr. Obama also criticized a change in society he said had led to the wealthier elements feeling the need to engage in “conspicuous consumption.”
On Tuesday, Mr. Obama visited one of Amazon’s distribution centres in Chattanooga, Tenn., and sat down for an interview with David Blum, editor of Kindle Singles, a section that deals with short e-books.

Mr. Obama began the interview talking about how his family and his…

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