Obama's 'political persona' needs a makeover

  • Article by: ALBERT HUNT , Bloomberg News
  • Updated: September 4, 2012 - 10:32 PM

The president, one observer says, 'is not good at the visceral transactions of politics.'

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owatonnabillSep. 5, 12 6:41 AM

Interesting comparison of Obama to Johnson. Johnson was if nothing else, a political realist. One of his quotes re politics is timeless: "I trust no man unless I have his _____ in my pocket". He may have been pragmatic but at the same time he came across as human. He could give a speech on television to millions and somehow you got the impression that he was looking you in the eye. Obama is a contradiction: from all I've read and seen he is a great father and family man but his connection to Joe Lunchpail stops there. His tendency to lecture persons of power across the world (Angela Merkel) as well as politicians at home both in his party and in the opposition party breeds resentment and distrust. He is perceived as more a lecturer than an orator--paternalistic, in a word. He tends to talk down to rather than with his listeners, and this can be the entire country at a State-of-the-Union speech or a select group of congresspeople. This characterization may be unfair, but it is how he is perceived by many. His public image is not like that of a Reagan or even a Bill Clinton. More a Herbert Hoover or Richard Nixon. Cold, arrogant and aloof.

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davehougSep. 5, 12 6:56 AM

I don't judge a President by his glad-handing and back-slaps but by his decisions. He wants government to control healthcare, CO2, auto industry, banks and in total, most of the economy.

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twinsajsfSep. 5, 12 7:46 AM

owatonnabill--yeah, and Mitt is all warm and fuzzy, the kind of guy "you can have a beer with". Hahahaha! Obama is introverted, extremely bright and thoughtful. He probably would have been more successful in his first term if he had been more of a classic, smarmy politician, I agree, but at least he is genuine.

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owatonnabillSep. 5, 12 8:10 AM

"He probably would have been more successful in his first term if he had been more of a classic, smarmy politician, I agree, but at least he is genuine." ............. No argument there. I've always maintained that I have more respect for Obama than I do for Romney for precisely that reason. I may not agree with his policies or his points of view but he has never pretended to be anything other than exactly what he is. Mitt, on the other hand, has been on every side of every issue and as such, at best, is an unknown quantity insofar as what type of President he would make.

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whallingSep. 5, 12 8:25 AM

At least one thing is consistent in Obama, socialism to the core. Obamacare converts 1/6 of the economy of our nation to government control, a socialist principle. Obama preached redistribution of wealth from day one and has achieved huge amounts of redistribution. Some say his policies have failed. However, if you want America to become a socialist nation Obama has succeeded wildly. America is poorer, weaker, less free and more dependent on government, all socialist goals. Obama values government control over personal freedom and he values dependence on government over personal responsibility.

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jdlellis1Sep. 5, 12 8:55 AM

The prefer ace is that President Oboma is a like able, successful individual. However in his 2008 campaign, he presented a persona in line with "Minnesota Nice."So enamored with his charm that the masses and the media failed to do do an in-depth vetting. For example, no one in Chicago politics survives without knowing where some dead bodies lie. He preached working together yet has emphasized class warfare time and time again. Take a moment to see the movie 2016, toss 60% away as propaganda or movie drama but pay attention to some of the facts. Then ask, why these things were not brought forward previously.

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pumiceSep. 5, 12 9:48 AM

Re: "This characterization may be unfair, but it is how he is perceived by many." Ah, the power of talk-"news" and 24/7 cable! What's surprising to me is that, after four-plus solid years of "revelations" which support the notion that Barack Obama is not one of us--not by birth, not by upbringing, not by cultural beliefs, not by inspiration, not by political ideology, that more Americans haven't bought into the perceptions owatonnabill mentions.

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gimbelSep. 5, 12 1:28 PM

"Today, the "Team of Rivals" is more appearance than reality. "He thought it was a great idea and ever since he's backtracked, he didn't really do it," Maraniss says. When top appointments are made, the paramount consideration usually is how the people fit the president's "comfort" zone."

"He didn't really do it"? Well, he tried, I know that for sure. He asked John Huntsman to be his ambassador to China and Huntsman, who was imminently qualified (he speaks mandarin) accepted. He resigned to run for the nomination. There are currently four republicans in Obama’s administration: Ray LaHood, Sec. of Transportation, John McHugh, Sec. of the Army, Robert Gates, Sec. of Defense, Chuck Hagel, Co-Chair of Intelligence Board. Judd Gregg (R) NH was invited to be commerce secretary but declined.

How many Republicans does he need in order to escape carping criticism on the subject?

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