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52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #48, He's Cool

10/16/2012 10:23 am ET | Updated Dec 16, 2012

Whether you're PRObama, NObama, or still undecided, 52 Reasons to Vote for Obama gives you all the information you need to share with friends, debate with relatives and decide for yourself as we head toward one of the most important elections of our lifetime. I'll post a new reason in random order every Monday through Friday from now 'til the election.

One of the biggest problems for Mitt Romney is his inability to relate to the common man. People look at Romney and see an uptight rich guy. He seems wooden, stiff, patrician. Must be all that blue blood circulating inside of him. He lacks emotion and often appears disconnected, like he's beaming in from some other planet.

Barack Obama, on the other hand, is the epitome of cool. He oozes smoothness. He's laid-back, hip, easygoing, chill. He's the guy you want to hang out and shoot some hoops with, or maybe just have a beer. Honestly, can you name another head of state as cool as Barack Obama? Obama's the cool dude in school you brag to your friends about.

Since becoming a global sensation in 2008, his coolness factor has only gotten hotter. This past April, his "Slow Jam the News" segment on Jimmy Fallon's late-night comedy show took the Internet by storm. President Obama is so cool that sometimes he doesn't even have to do anything to be cool. In the summer of 2010, cult bloggers speculated that Obama was in the 1993 video for Tag Team's single "Whoomp (There It Is)." The guy looked enough like the president, and it's not that outrageous to suggest that a guy as cool as Obama would have made a cameo in a 1990s' hip-hop video.

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From modest beginnings in Hawaii, Obama wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth like Romney. He complains about his student loans and enjoys visiting local bars and eateries when on the road. While there, he hangs out like a regular guy, ordering take-out and raising a pint with pals. But he's just as comfortable hanging with friends and supporters such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Lady Gaga. He looks awesome in a pair of dark shades. And the guy can croon a tune like nobody's business.

Contrast that with Mitt Romney. Every time Romney opens his mouth, his stilted manner of speaking makes him seem out of touch. His constant use of "gosh," "golly," and "gee" make him sound like he is from a different time. John McWhorter, writing recently in The New Republic, notes, "[T]here are few better ways to connote the air of a mannequin in 2012 than by saying gosh with a straight face."

The GOP is so afraid of Obama's coolness factor that Karl Rove's super PAC, American Crossroads, put out an ad attacking Obama for being too cool. McCain tried the same thing in 2008, when his campaign attacked Obama for being "the biggest celebrity in the world." How'd that work out for ya, John?

Truth is, in America, cool wins out every time. Golly gee, we just can't seem to help ourselves.

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