The Uncool President

A more worldly Obama no longer talks of cooling the planet or lowering the rising seas. Barely even with challenger Mitt Romney in the polls, he now alternates between the crude and the trivial in a campaign that in its shrillness on the stump evokes the last desperate days of failed incumbents like Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and George H. W. Bush.

Obama blasts Romney as a “bullsh***er,” and releases an ad in which a starlet compares voting for the president to her first sexual experience. When Obama is not crude, he is adolescent — as he references Big Bird, plays word games like “Romnesia,” and ridicules Romney for his “binders” debate remark.

The greatest problem facing Obama, however, is not just his mediocre record of governance, but the growing public perception that he is as uncool in 2012 as he was cool in 2008. Voters no longer feel they’re square for voting against Obama. Instead, it’s becoming the “in” thing to shrug that enough is enough.

via The Uncool President – Victor Davis Hanson – National Review Online.

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