There was a reason President Obama won a lopsided victory in 2008. It was because for the first time since Bill Clinton, younger voters saw a Presidential candidate that was actually “cool.” Well, as cool as a Harvard lawyer can be, at least.
Obama presented that rare type of braniac that can let loose and show that he has a sense of humor, a sense of style and more than a touch of class. And while there isn’t much to joke about when the county is in a financial crisis and naysayers flood the media with constant projections of impending doom, Obama seems to be regaining his slick 2008 form, perhaps because the threat of facing Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich isn’t especially daunting to the incumbent.
If he were to win this year’s election, Obama may finally get to deliver on some of the promises he made four years ago because he won’t have to worry about being re-elected again. Thankfully, we are being reminded of the man many of us voted for in the first place. On Thursday night at the Apollo Theater, President Obama greased the wheels of charm like only he can, singing a few bars from Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”:
In reality, Obama’s first term has not been a failure, as many suggest. Though he has done several things to tick off progressives and labor organizations, he has also passed comprehensive healthcare reform, stopped the recession from becoming a full blown depression, invested in clean energy, and taken out America’s number one terrorist target (and a couple others along the way). Not to mention he ended the 2nd longest war in U.S. history.
Still, like any President, Obama has borne the brunt of vicious personal attacks — including the repeated demands for his birth certificate by those who claim he is not American — and shrugged them off with deadpan, comedic indifference. Celebrating Betty White’s 90th birthday, the President rolled out this short video and made light of the birther debacle:
Maybe this is the side of Obama that the American public needs to remember as the 2012 election season unfurls. Taking a few shots at himself is an excellent campaign strategy and highlights the distinct contrast between himself and the stoic alternatives, Romney and Gingrich. Lord knows, nobody wants to hear them sing.