Thursday, June 16, 2011

Why is Obama Likable?

I hear that  polls show something like 60-65% of Americans think the country is on the wrong track.  In the next breath, it's reported that Obama's personal popularity is still high.  

I'm trying to figure out why this might be the case and I'm admittedly stumped.  Obama has always struck me as cold, arrogant, thin-skinned, lacking empathy or humor, and with an ugly mean streak under a thin veneer of charm. What's to like?

The only thing I can figure is one of two things:  first, he appears to be a faithful husband (I've always perceived him to be asexual).  Maybe this is enough to make him likable to a lot of people.  

Second, I suspect many people are reluctant to admit they don't like him lest they be labeled "racist".  Electing a black president shows how tolerant and advanced we Americans are, and perhaps some people think it's just not right to admit you don't like our first black president.  

What do you think?  Do you like Obama personally?  If so, why?  I'd really like to know because it's a mystery to me.