Cooler Than Cool: Why The Obamas Compel

In January 2012, I posted "Why Obama Wins This November" (referring of course to the US presidential election then unfolding). The blog showed a brief video of Barack Obama, oozing charm, channeling the crooner Al Green  the "Rev" himself  while at a Harlem fundraiser that month. (Watch here).

I didn't say much  no need to as it was clear that the Democrats, led by the casually hip president, were in cultural sync with an emerging American majority. 

Well, likewise, and double-down at the least, with regard to another video from this past week. It too tells much about an increasingly hip culture in which media, politics, and cultural savoir-faire mix naturally. For any leader, political or otherwise, with sufficient cool to pull it off  wow. Those who can do so have awfully good chances of winning the day  to say nothing of the hearts of the people. That said, it has to be authentic.

I'm not only offering an observation about politics and this cultural moment  that's evident enough. Rather, I'm posting this because I like it. A lot.  

I plead guilty to being charmed!

Forget for the moment some deep disagreements with President Obama. After being inundated this past year by an out-of-the-blue bombastic presidential candidate, and being bored for a couple of decades plus now by the overly scripted presence of another one  I found this refreshing. (Watch here and see if you agree). 

Such charm and cultural chic hardly determines my vote. Neither, though, am I willing to dismiss it entirely.