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The True Power Of Charm – Obama’s Killer Smile

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Barack Goes Nuclear

Obama’s got it. McCain don’t got it. Bill Clinton had it. Sarah Palin can’t spell it.

It’s 2008’s special sauce.

Charm.

If there’s one phrase that can truly chart Obama’s rise to glory it’s charm offensive. He never gets angry, he never gets mad, he always forgives, he’s always polite. In about three years time Obama’s charm is going to drive us all nuts, but right now, it’s the best way as “That One” would describe it, to get things done.

Perhaps it’s wishful thinking, but I don’t for one minute think that Obama really believes all that bipartisanship BS he keeps spouting. It’s great to get you elected, but it’s a terrible way to run a country. Any mere mortal, of course, would be sticking it to the GOP right now. The idea that Obama could even bear to be in the same room as McCain after the latter basically accused him of being public enemy number one in about fifty-two different ways during the campaign seems extraordinary. But there they were today in Chicago, sitting side by side in weird tasteless chairs that looked as though they belonged in the Syrian presidential palace. But it was a brilliant move, because Obama’s magnanimity forced McCain to play nice and do the new boss’ bidding. Obama is the kind of guy who has no compunction about kicking a man when he’s down. He does it with a warm enigmatic smile on his face. That hurts.

I have a feeling that Obama’s killer smile is going to come in very handy for a very long time. With the Democrats in the ascendancy, it’s easy to reach out the hand of friendship to the other side. Obama knows that the kneejerk knuckledraggers who run the GOP these days will turn down the new President’s overtures. And Obama will accept the snub at face value and freeze them out. Hey, they had their chance, he’ll say. And he’ll be right. All he needs are the two ladies of Maine, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, and he can break any filibuster. And he’ll charm them too.

Take the decision not to punish Lieberman. Think about it. Sure it was a Senate call, but the hand of Obama is clearly on the decision. And now, well he owns Lieberman. This is a classic case of forgiveness as weapon.

Obama’s charm will also play very well in foreign policy. The Europeans are already enamored of his intelligence, and the Arabs will buckle at the knees when the boy called Hussein takes tea in their tents. But when Obama makes overtures of peace, he’ll be cutting off the Arabs at the knees. Iran in particular wants respect, and if it takes the bait which I’m sure it will, then it will be forced to talk peace, which will devastate Ahmadinejad’s and the Mullah’s popular power base.

There’s only one place the weapon won’t work. Moscow. He’ll have to try another tack there.

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Written by coolrebel

November 17, 2008 at 2:28 pm

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