The first family: Ready for their close-up. (Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press)

Neither do we, but we were reminded of how relatively nice political advertisements were back then — when compared with today’s vitriolic spots — by our colleague T. W. Farnam’s story Tuesday. An example of the “quaint rhetoric”: “In 2008, one of harshest ads Mitt Romney ran ahead of the Iowa caucuses criticized the immigration position of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), but only after calling him ‘an honorable man,’” Farnam reports.

Speaking of kinder, gentler advertising, these images of President Obama are downright warm and fuzzy: Our colleague Krissah Thompson reports that the First Family is “all in” for the president’s reelection campaign, starting with a lovely family portrait being used in a campaign ad.

But where’s Bo?

And we got a glimpse into the lives of the Supreme Court justices, and it sounds like an episode of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”— or at least “Lifestyles of the Well Traveled.” The supes are quite the jet-setters. David G. Savage and Ian Duncan reveal more details of the robbery of Stephen G. Breyer at his Nevis vacation “cottage” and detail international trips by the rest of the bench.