White house says jump, the press asks “how high?” There was a time, long ago, when the mainstream press took a certain pride in its independence, or at least pretended they did. But that was when a Bush was in the White House – these days, the pathetic lap dogs grovel at their master’s feet.
Reporters normally cast a jaundiced eye at a political campaign’s PR strategy. Yet they are eagerly parroting the Obama campaign’s talking point about how “cool” the president is.
In early February, Politico reported that the Obama campaign, hoping to rekindle enthusiasm among young voters, was “looking to revive the cool appeal.” Then, suddenly, news stories started popping up about Obama’s alleged coolness, in contrast to that drip Romney. A sampling:
• President Obama: The cool factor
• ‘Cool’ Obama Returns GOP Fire on Gas Prices
• Obama: The new King of Cool
• Barack Obama is cool. Mitt Romney is not. What does it mean for 2012?
• Campaigning for the ‘Cool’ Vote
• The Obama-Romney ‘Cool Gap’
• The Ned Flanders of Politics: Romney Isn’t Cool
• Obama On Late Night Too Cool For Cool?
• Obama, Jimmy Fallon and the race for cool