Barack Obama warned his followers this week that the 2012 wouldn’t be “sexy” as apparently he considered the 2008 election to be, claiming that the novelty has worn off. Maybe the real reason is that Obama simply isn’t an attractive candidate or campaigner. John Hood at NRO noticed last week that Obama isn’t terribly good at sweet-talking voters in his attempts at retail politics:
To one man, Obama said: “Now, you ate all your vegetables before you had dessert,” noting his wife’s focus on healthy eating. …
Leaving the restaurant, the president worked a rope line.“You’ve got to work hard,” he said to one pair of community college students.
One woman handed Obama a phone, telling him that her grandmother was on the line. “Hey grandma — boy this is an old style phone … I appreciate you.”
Hood’s less than impressed:
Called me old-fashioned — though I no longer own an “old style phone” — but I’m not greatly interested in running into politicians who might choose to critique my choice of lunch items and the order in which I eat them. A skillful politician, say a Reagan or a Clinton, might smile conspiratorially and make a joke about how good my dessert looks, or flatter me by asking for a menu recommendation. He wouldn’t thank me for following his wife’s dietary pronouncements, then instruct a passing college student to study hard, then make fun of a grandson’s phone to his grandma.
Well, you would if you thought you could make everyone’s choices better than they could do on their own …
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