Friday, January 23, 2009

The Other Obama Effect

The New York Times posted this story, detailing study findings which suggest that the mere presence of Obama in the White House has raised test-taking confidence in African-American schoolkids. An interesting premise.

I've been experiencing my own Obama Effect. It works thusly:

1. Head to the gym, see that elliptical machine is out of order.
2. Use treadmill.
3. Post-workout, take another look at the elliptical machine and before I can stop myself, think, Why is that still broken? There's a new guy in charge, isn't there? We need to get with the program and start fixing things around here!

I mean, really.