He’s been called the king of cool, both for his pop culture appeal and for his detached calm.
But being cool has cut both ways for President Obama. On one hand, it’s made a young and inexperienced President look confident in the face of tremendous responsibilities. The junior senator from Illinois was ill-prepared to handle a financial collapse of this magnitude, but you wouldn’t know it from his demeanor, which reads, “I got this.”
On the other hand, being cool can also make him look arrogant. When he recently told David Letterman he couldn’t recall how big the national debt was, it didn’t look confident, it looked aloof. As we enter into the debate portion of this election season, it’s something his prep team has undoubtedly told him to keep in check.
But his easy calm in one capacity — foreign policy — has recently gone from affected to offensive.
In his interview with “60 Minutes” over the weekend, he likened the anti-American protests in Egypt and the attacks in Libya to “bumps in the road.”
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