“Mutt like me”

Why does it seem that anytime Barack Obama says something, it’s made out to be something truly insightful or extraordinary piece of wisdom? He makes an offhand remark while talking about dogs, and instantly it makes big news, thanks to AP especially,  and is a message demonstrating his openness about talking race.

“The message seemed clear _ here is a president who will be quite at ease discussing race, a complex issue as unresolved as it is uncomfortable for many to talk about openly. And at a time when whites in the country are not many years from becoming the minority.”

While I understand the implication of the remark, and the humor and frankness in it, it shouldn’t be taken as another grand message , thus providing an excuse for some media elements to gush over.