Which of these is the greater triumph over adversity?
That the teenager shown in the photo below, born to a Kenyan father, educated in Hawaii and Indonesia, with dark skin and a liberal populist background, would one day become the President of the United States?
Or that the teenager shown in the photo below, whose tattoos are his most prominent feature, and whose body Channing Tatum could bench-press with one hand, would one day become People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive and marry this woman?
Both saw their parents divorce and attended elite high schools, though Levine’s college education was far spottier than Obama’s. I’d call it a toss-up.
But whatever the case may be, America has come a long way since the days of John F. Kennedy.
Also, the existence of this Proactiv ad made me realize that the company must have an employee whose job is to hunt down youth photos of adult celebrities, pick those whose acne looked the worst, call them up, and ask them to star in commercials featuring their terrible childhood acne. Is this unknown person some kind of private legend among famous people? A respected keeper of secrets? The real Most Hated Person in Hollywood?