Obama’s big campaign talking point is that he’s the cool one. And the MSM seems to agree.
Ah, but you heard it first at neo-neocon. Back in early June of 2008, in a post entitled, “Wanting a cool and sexy prez,” I wrote:
Maybe it’s come down to this: choosing a President is now mostly about style rather than substance.
Obama is cool.
I guess he’s still cool, although I don’t quite see it. But maybe that’s because I’m not cool.
Here’s a little history I wrote in that previous post:
Coolness as a desirable Presidential characteristic may have begun with Kennedy and TV, but it intermittently went into hiding afterwards, or at least became less important. One of LBJ’s problems was that he was perceived as extremely uncool, but it didn’t stop him from trouncing the admittedly also uncool Goldwater. Nixon was popular and was elected to a second term by a wide margin, his polls only tanking because of Watergate. But he was so extraordinarily uncool he nearly made uncoolness into a style all his own: