My wife has always said something that rang true for me today watching Obama - part of his appeal is that he's so close to normal, only a few years away from having the concerns and behaviors that regular people have. He and his wife still had student loans until his books became real income generators. His meteoric rise means that unlike most who become president, he hasn't been in the rarified, cosseted world of political leadership for years (as governors or senators, for example). Obama is new to the bubble. That means there's still a freshness and connection with the real world that seems precious to have in a president. Here's hoping he finds a way to keep that quality.