Move Over Brangelina, for Barackichelle …. Just back from the grocery check-out line, where I picked up a copy of the latest Us Weekly, lured by the cover line “Obama Exclusive! Boxers vs. briefs, Britney & his best Just Like Us pics.”

I admit I was pretty nervous, flipping through the endless pages of “Oscar’s Best Dressed” photos, past another feature on why Angelina stood up Jen, to see what kind of silliness had resulted when Us news director Lara Cohen spent a day trailing Obama in late February. The possibilities for supreme cringe-worthy moments seemed endless.

In fact, Obama managed to come across as neither obsequious and trying too hard, nor as humorless and condescending.

Us: So, boxers or briefs?

Obama: I don’t answer those humiliating questions. But whichever one it is, I look good in ’em!

Thank goodness John Kerry was never put to this test.

I’ll leave it to the magazine to break the news on who Michelle Obama’s celebrity crush is, and other such tidbits.

I only wish Us had given props to The Washington Monthly, which last summer spoofed their “Just Like Us!!” feature for our Washington Power Couples Guide — in which we printed exclusive paparazzi photos of Bob and Liddy Dole shopping for groceries, and introduced the genre of political celeb sightings. Now they’ve taken the idea and run with it: behold the the two-page spread, “Barack Obama: He Really Is Just Like Us!

Hmmm. I wonder how and when Us landed in the Obama camp. Please remind me if there’ve been similar features for past political candidates.

Christina Larson

Christina Larson is a Washington Monthly contributing editor and an award-winning science and environment journalist who has reported from five continents.