Obama is charismatic, but this is a bit much

I don’t think there are many people, with any candidate preference, who would argue that Obama is not incredibly engaging and likable. Whether you want to vote for the guy or not, let’s face it; he has charisma.

But watch the NY Times turn “Obama is charming” into “Obama makes women giggle and swoon and he’s so cute that they’ll just have to vote for him.”

Senator Barack Obama didn’t go on “The View” on Friday solely to talk about race and the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. He also wanted to address the gender issue. And if the fluttery response of the show’s five co-hosts is any harbinger, Mr. Obama will not have any trouble assuaging female voters if Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton drops out of the Democratic race for the White House.

Barbara Walters told Mr. Obama he was “sexy-looking.” Sherri Shepherd announced that she had shifted her support from Mrs. Clinton to Mr. Obama; she made Joy Behar temporarily switch seats with her during a break so she could chat up the candidate. Even Elisabeth Hasselbeck, a Republican, told Mr. Obama how moved she was by his speech to the 2004 Democratic convention.

[. . .]

Mr. Obama used body language to bridge the gender gap. The candidate who is sometimes attacked by feminists as a golden youth passing over them on his way to the old boys’ club reminded the co-hosts that he was “surrounded by women” at home.

He patted Ms. Behar’s arm and whispered so intimately into Ms. Walters’s ear that Ms. Hasselbeck accused them of “canoodling.” Mr. Obama is an effective speaker, but he is just as smooth at wordless communication: he mixed a cool and somewhat princely demeanor with warm smiles and touches.

Oh yeah, those feminists are totally bitchy Obama-haters. But when he looks at normal women with those deep brown eyes and flashes those pearly whites . . .

You know, if Obama is the nominee (and I think he will be), I have no doubt that he will indeed win many female votes. And being good looking has never hurt. But maybe his popularity with female voters will have more to do with the facts that women tend to vote Democratic, Obama is surprisingly progressive on women’s issues and John McCain, er, hates us? It’s just a hunch I have.

[Image via The Onion.]

0 thoughts on “Obama is charismatic, but this is a bit much

  1. Jennifer

    This annoys me. So apparently women will vote for him because he bats his big brown eyes? Far be it from me to pick my candidate based on issues. No, I’ll just be swayed by some body language and charm. I’ll be giddy and giggly all the way to the polls. Give me a break!

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  2. Alexandrialeigh

    This is the same kind of comment that people make about Hillary — except it’s something about how Hillary is too “tough” for women to vote for because they just don’t connect with her or feel all warm and fuzzy about her.

    I cannot vote for Obama because of his lack of experience, and being a woman and a feminist, I can’t vote for McCain for obvious reasons…I’m a little concerned about what the heck I’m going to do with my vote if Obama becomes the Democratic nominee.

    I wish we could ban politicians from appearing on TV. Then we could judge based on the words they speak and their platforms as opposed to how they look, male or female.

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  3. Cara Post author

    I have to say that I really don’t get the accusations that Obama is inexperienced — especially compared to Hillary. Obama has been in elected office since 1997. Sen. Clinton has been in elected office since 2001. Did she do a hell of a lot more than most First Ladies while Bill was president? Of course. But it’s not an elected office, and holds no job description. If we want to base “experience” off of titles not including elected office, Obama’s community organizing means a hell of a lot more to me than being on the board of Wal-Mart.

    For the record, I absolutely do not think that Clinton is inexperienced. I also do not in any way think that Obama is inexperienced by comparison. And I’m far from pleased with Hillary for insisting otherwise and repeating that McCain is more experienced than Obama (technically true; he’s also 30 years older and wants to stay in Iraq for 10,000 years). But that’s a whole different story. And this discussion is kind of off topic, anyway.

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  4. Al

    “And if the fluttery response of the show’s five co-hosts is any harbinger”

    I’m confident, thankfully, that the five women from The View would not be a representative sample of the average American woman.

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