Welcome to the Curious Case of Barack Obama
Byline: LORNE JACKSON
BRAD Pitt is known for his courage to experiment and take risks.
Not in the movies he acts in, though, which are usually dull and predictable affairs.
Alas, it's only his facial hair that pushes the boundaries.
Clean shaven one day. Hirsute chinhedge or clipped Clark Gable 'tache the next.
However, in his latest film Brad is at last attempting to break free of his creative bonds. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button is the story of a man who lives his life backwards.
Button comes into the world a wrinkly old geezer, and leaves it as smooth as Dannii Minogue's crumple-free forehead.
Perhaps he should be called Benjamin Botox instead.
The film is based on an ingenious short story by F Scott Fitzgerald, though it wouldn't surprise me if the scriptwriter and director were also inspired by the mystical existence of one Barack Obama.
Barack has certainly lived his political life backwards, starting his Presidency with the kind of plaudits usually reserved for particularly successful and seasoned campaigners. It's as if he has already done something worthwhile.
Yet the only thing he has genuinely achieved is the opportunity to genuinely achieve.
So howwill it end for Barack? With an ignominious return to the cosy womb of obscurity and indifference?
That's a distinct possibility.
No doubt preceded by a dispiriting dose of hatred and contempt to see him off - he is a politician, after all.
Here's my take on what the Obama Presidency will amount to.
And it's a tale told backwards, of course:
2013: Obama left office this week, a reviled figure in the international community.
In his weekly blog for The Guardian, Osama Bin Laden said: "I can't believe this gangly infidel had the temerity to be intentionally offensive to the worldwide Muslim community.
"I was outraged when he made all those poor Brothers homeless back in 2009, by closing Guantanamo Bay.
"At the very least he could have tossed them a few million quid so they could kip down in the NewYork Hilton. …