These days, politicians and cutthroats even seem to be swapping clichés. The thrust of the latest Times piece about Obama's boyhood years is that everyone around him did not, in fact, know he was going to grow up to be president. With his mixed-race background and years growing up in Indonesia, Obama was different from other kids. He didn't really fit in at his elite private school in Hawaii. He was—dare I say it?—quiet and kept to himself.
A) William Suff, the Riverside Prostitute Killer, according to a neighbor.
B) George W. Bush, according to an ex-girlfriend.
C) Andrew Mickel, convicted cop killer, according a boyhood friend.
D) Dick Cheney, according to a childhood friend.
E) Mickel again, according to another childhood friend.
F) Dennis Rader, the BTK killer, according to a friend.
G) Michael Devlin, accused kidnapper, according to a classmate.