'The influential U.S. website, The Drudge Report, which described him as 'thin as a rail', quoted an insider who said the president was working so hard that 'yes he does occasionally skip meals'. Under the headline 'Barack n Bones', the report claimed that the president's exercise regime - including basketball games - is behind the 'dramatic weight loss'. The unnamed 'insider' quoted by the report insisted that Mr Obama was working 'non-stop' - and that he was not chain-smoking' — The Daily MailCompleting the circle, Drudge then linked to the Mail, to back up his original story, which had thus gone from Washington to London and back, picking up top-spin along the way, on the evidence of — what, exactly? What were the hard facts that had gave rise to this feverish session of transatlantic Chinese whispers? It was a photograph showing Obama in baggy clothes. And uh, that was it. Because that's always the best way, isn't it, to determine whether someone has lost weight or not: a long-distance telephoto view, from about 20 yards, of someone you usually see in suits and tie wearing abnormally baggy clothes.