(Updated) Cool Article on a Cool President

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Update:

During a recent interview with comedian Steve Harvey, Harvey suggested that the two should surprise some visitors on a tour through the White House.

President Obama immediately said, “Let’s go spread some Christmas cheer” and the two walked up to the tour group and…

Well, see for yourself — talk about cool!

The special Steve Harvey Show, with the interview and the entire President- meets-visitors episode airs today, Dec. 20

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Original Post:

Rightly or wrongly — methinks “wrongly” — Barack Obama has been recently placed in the category of the “inept” and has been accused of joining a “pitiful pantheon.” His presidency has been prognosticated as being “doomed” and his signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act, has been said to have “done more damage to the USA then (sic) the swords of the Nazis, Soviets & terrorists combined.”

Of course, there have been dozens of other much, much worse condemnations of the president and of his presidency — many too vicious and repugnant to even begin to quote here.

Fortunately, there are still one or two people left — yours truly among them — who see some good in Barack Obama.

I don’t know if “being cool” is one of those attributes that can save a presidency, but, hey, when the chips are down you take what you can and make the most of it.

In a column in the New York Times, Ishmael Reed looks at some past “cool presidents,” cool times, cool jazz, cool musicians and at “the president of the Cool” — Barack Obama.

It is a cool article.

Please read it here and don’t forget to read the comments, too.

I particularly like this one:

Anyone who ever watched the Modern Jazz Quartet walk onto a stage, perform a great concert, take their bows, and walk off knows where President Obama’s cool comes from. It’s all there: the presence, the threads, the detachment, the top-of-the-form performance, the dignity.

Cool!

Our President still has plenty of time to do many (more) cool things.

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Author: DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist