I can only imagine what the Daily Sun (Conway, NH) reporter thought when he asked Barak Obama which three historical figures he would invite to a dinner party.
But if the reporter hoped for new insight into the candidate's psyche, he must have been bummed. Obama picked three safe bets: Lincoln, Gandhi and Jesus Christ.
Since one of the glaring omissions of the 2000 debates was a follow up question to candidate Bush's naming Jesus as his favorite political philosopher, perhaps this latest Jesus citing deserved further explanation?
Or maybe not?
Chit-chatting at a dinner party, no matter how inspirational it gets, is a casual encounter. Following a political philosophy indicates an intellectual commitment to moral principles. One question is an ice-breaker; the other a significant piece of information.
If and when reporters find that religion is seminal to a candidate's philosophy of governance and leadership, let's hope they remember the seventh question in the journalist's toolbox: Why?