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Popular for the right reasons?

Note that I understand that in what follows, I am wildly projecting my own feelings, without any data to support my hypothesis. So be it!

Americans by and large like Barack Obama. They like his wife more, but they do like the guy. My hypothesis is that people like Obama for the right reasons.

People liked W, too. I mean, I didn’t, but I’m a shallow, petty person. But people famously liked W because he’d be good to have a beer with. My data-free hypothesis is that people like Obama for better reasons. He isn’t particularly fun to have a beer with (although I am totally open to that invitation, Mr. President), but he is a thoughtful, sincere person who accords each person dignity.

If you’re one of those who don’t like President Obama as a person, none of this applies to you. But if you’re one of us who think it’d be fun to hang out with him (note to White House: Operators are standing by), I bet it’s for perceived qualities that are actually admirable.

4 Responses to “Popular for the right reasons?”

  1. I’m a bid confused.

    Do you like him?

    He is fun to hang out with but not to have a beer with?

  2. I’d have a beer with him. I’d go snowboarding with him. I’d sing in his barbershop quartet. But I like him not because he’s a regulah guy I can bro down with (= “have a beer with”) but because i think he’s a good person who treats everyone with dignity.

    Does that help?

  3. I think so… I take it that is what you mean by the “right reasons”

  4. Yes, that is what I mean by “right reasons.”

    My blog, my reasons :)

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