Is it a rock star? Is it the Second Coming? Nope, it’s the junior senator from Illinois. Barack Obama, the biggest craze to hit America since American Idol. Obama is the Tiger Woods of American politics, a black phenomenon that is about as un-black as you can get. And he’s a sexy, unapologetic smoker, who, as Rush Limbaugh said on national radio, ‘is on fire’. The day he announced he intended to run for president in 2008, the US Senate turned into backstage at the Oscars.