Is this a red flag moment? Barack Obama has used his personal story to promote himself to leader of the free world. This story has seemed inspirational, gutsy, and charming. Well, it might be shameless, too. Or at least getting out of control.
Now, presidents need to spew all sorts of rote, insincere, maudlin baloney. But to do it in the name of your young children, to make them, as it were, cry on cue, is a bit savage (and to do it in Parade, sheesh).
We ought to note the exceptionality of this bit of crassness, too.
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