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Obama: better to be cool than accomplished?

Yesterday, Ann Althouse, reminding us that his predecessor gave up golf when he was chief executive, wondered as the president’s latest effort to appear cool:

Does a slow jam with Jimmy Fallon send the wrong message? Or do we not think about the mom whose son may have recently died anymore? (Obama has no Cindy Sheehan dogging hounding him bothering him… at least not that we see in the news.)

Why is Obama immune from the criticism that normally befalls a President? Back in 2008, running for President, Obama pushed back the press one time with “Why is it that I can’t just enjoy my waffle?”

It’s like that was a really hard question — why is it that he can’t just enjoy his waffle… and his multiple vacations and his golf and his rock concerts in the White House and his slow jam with Jimmy Fallon?

The answer is: Because you have a job. You applied for it. We hired you. Make us believe you’re doing it.

Via Instapundit.  Seems he’s more interested in the perks of office than its responsibilities.

It’s not just that we’re still at war, it’s also that the nation has big problems, many exacerbated by the president’s policies in his first three years in office.  Our debt is skyrocketing, entitlements face insolvency and the president has neither pushed his fellow partisans in the Senate to vote on his budget nor put forward solutions to reform Social Security or Medicare.

Perhaps, his attempt to be “cool” is part of his campaign strategy.  In Commentary, Peter Wehner observed that:

Given his inability and unwillingness to run on his record, the Obama strategy appears to rest on achieving three things: (1) energizing the turnout of his base (minorities, young voters and liberals); (2) winning the support of college-educated white women (who tend to be socially liberal); and (3) preventing a collapse among non-college educated whites (by irradiating Governor Romney rather than winning their affection).

And by being cool, he believes, he can appeal to those young voters — and perhaps even to those college-educated women.

But that doesn’t explain why he plays so much golf.




  1. What could be cooler than jetting around the country, on the tax payer dime, telling college kids (who won’t benefit) that he’s calling on congress to keep the rates low on Stafford loans? He gets to travel for free, be loved and adored and the American people get screwed twice (at least).

    Comment by TGC — April 27, 2012 @ 3:16 am - April 27, 2012

  2. Forgot to add that any student who applauded or cheered that crap ought to be bounced back to grade school.

    Comment by TGC — April 27, 2012 @ 3:18 am - April 27, 2012

  3. Since when is being a malignantly narcissistic, marxist dumbass cool?

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — April 27, 2012 @ 4:22 am - April 27, 2012

  4. It will be interesting to see if my peers fall for Obama’s transparent pandering. I’m happy to point out to people my age who think it’s cool that Obama goes on late night tv and fills out march madness brackets that this president has nothing to offer this generation. He is, in fact, quite harmful for this generation.

    He demagogues this student loan issue and not only is it just a select group of low income students who are even eligible for subsidized loans, nothing has even changed. They won’t be paying lower interest rates than they’ve been paying. Talk about moving the goal posts. And once they’ve accumulated all this debt so they can graduate, they get to move back in with mom and dad and have no job prospects with which to pay off those loans. Those lucky enough to find work will find that the government siphons money out of their pay check before they even get it, all to pay for entitlements that are promised but cannot be fulfilled. I don’t know any young person that enjoys filling their car with gas these days either.

    To these pressing issues and approaching crises, Obama has no answers, no ideas and no solutions. He only offers fluff. If these universities were worth the tens of thousands of dollars it takes to attend, they’d produce young people who are smart enough to recognize how much damage the Obama administration has done to their future and he’d be booed off of college campuses nation-wide.

    Comment by Jimmy — April 27, 2012 @ 6:12 am - April 27, 2012

  5. I have never seen Obama to be “cool”. When he tries to be “cool” it is forced and uncomfortable. He reminds me of the middle school kid who has always sat at the “c” table at lunch time. Then, for whatever reason, gets a chance to sit at the “a” table. Just because you are sitting at the “a” table doesn’t make you “cool” enough to fit in.

    If the youth of America votes for a POTUS based upon the “cool” factor, they deserve to be unemployed, in debt, unhappy and living in mom’s basement.

    After having volunteered with many at risk youths and adopting two children diagnosed with attachment disorders, I have a feeling Obama has some definite attachment disorders.

    Comment by TnnsNE1 — April 27, 2012 @ 9:07 am - April 27, 2012

  6. Obama is pandering & desperately desperate; he’s grasping at straws. Does Obama see the writing on the wall? I’m not sure. He does know he’s not raising the same money as he did in 2008 when he ran as a tabula rasa, a blank slate. All Obama has is college campuses & union halls. Obama’s reach is limited, despite the MSM helping him. Even they see the writing on the wall…

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — April 27, 2012 @ 9:34 am - April 27, 2012

  7. a slow jam with Jimmy Fallon

    Huh? I barely know who Jimmy Fallon is and I am way off the boat on “slow jamming.”

    So, if Obama is out recruiting the Jimmy Fallon fan club and the “slow jamming'” herd and the clean needles crowd and the crap on cop cars cluster and the vacation envy set….. he is trying to knit a steel wool sweater.

    He can not appear in the open and openly face the people. So, he moves from arranged set to controlled venue and he does the old soft shoe and charm offensive. He sings to the choir and turns his back to the nation.

    Great plan, if it works.

    Comment by heliotrope — April 27, 2012 @ 10:04 am - April 27, 2012

  8. Evidence that the Obama campaign is living in a bubble, to their detriment:

    Only delusional lefties can seriously believe:

    1) That any Republican President, other than Ron Paul, could have ever passed up a chance to kill or capture bin Ladin.
    2) That the American swing voter can be convinced of point (1) – by a Romney quote that the Obama people have provably taken out of context (i.e. cheated on):
    3) That Obama is somehow a tough guy on foreign policy.
    4) That changing the subject to foreign policy is somehow playing to an Obama strength. (Hint: If you want to distract Americans with trumped-up charges, folks, stick to your ones about contraception and dogs.)
    5) That glorifying Obama’s role in *an extra-judicial assassination perpetrated by the U.S. military on the President’s order* somehow doesn’t undercut everything that lefties have ever tried to teach America about foreign policy, or against the military.
    6) That having Clinton, who famously did pass up a chance to kill bin Ladin, talk about Presidential leadership is a good idea.

    So the ad must have been made by lefties, for lefties, who imagine that middle America is somehow like them.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — April 27, 2012 @ 7:40 pm - April 27, 2012

  9. Oh… Wow… How cool is that that the President goes on national Television for a skit….

    Jeez… How lame. It’s been done.

    Nixon was the coolest, because you didn’t expect it!

    Comment by sonicfrog — April 27, 2012 @ 10:29 pm - April 27, 2012

  10. Obama is cool, like the economy.

    Obama is cool, like home prices.

    Obama is cool, while America simmers.

    Comment by Geena — April 28, 2012 @ 1:45 am - April 28, 2012

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