Barack Obama, Master Politician

One of the things that helped Bush win the White House twice was the perception that he was the sort of guy that people would be more likely to want to invite to a BBQ and hang around with – at least more so than Al Gore or John Kerry. To the extent that the President can profit from being seen as everyone’s fantasy pal. I’d submit to you that no one in American politics right now is doing this better than Barack Obama. I have no idea the degree to which this is an act or whether this is just who the guy is, but he sure does have it down:

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