The Nose: Facebook, American Idol And Bill Clinton's Lasting Appeal
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A recent opinion poll showed that 43 percent of Americans think the American Dream is a thing of the past. President Obama heard the same thing from a 30 year old questioner this week at his economic forum.
The young law school graduate said he couldn't keep up with his old student loans nor could he afford a mortgage or even a marriage. "Is the American dream dead?" he asked.
Barack Obama is, of course, the American Dream. Multi-racial child brought up by single mom, now President of the United States. It doesn't get dreamier than that. And the last democratic president before him, Bill Clinton, who will visit the state on Sunday, had pretty good American Dream cred too.
The Social Network, a new film about the founder of Facebook, is sort of the new Citizen Kane -- an ethically problematic rise from obscurity to stardom in nothing flat. So maybe the American Dream is shifting.