Andrew Sprung, over at XPOSTFACTOID, has a powerful deconstruction of the myth that Barack Obama does not do detail. Of course he does, as has been evident – from the start of his Presidential campaign 33 months ago – to anyone who actually listens to what he says. Why has the myth persisted? Partly, I think it is laziness: it is easier to repeat a cliche than to listen and think for oneself. Partly, I think it is right-wing spin: his enemies think they can paint him as an airhead, as some tried to paint Tony Blair (remember “Bambi”?).