Hugh Hewitt interviews Mark Steyn:
12180801 Hewitt: Hour 1
Hugh talks about the news of the week with Columnist To the World Mark Steyn, and then talks about the revision of Obama’s 16 month withdrawal plan in Iraq with New Republic contributor Eli Lake.
HH: But nevertheless, Barack Obama is too damn dull. He’s got to liven it up a bit. What do you think?
MS: Well, I think he won the election by being cool. He just stood there a lot of the time and looked fantastically cool. That was what decided the election for him in mid-September. When John McCain was running around like some big, neurotic ninny, suspending his campaign and going back to Washington to work on whatever bailout was going on that week, that’s when Obama won, just by standing still and looking cool, the way great movie actors do. Often, if you think of great iconic movie stars, just to take Obama’s fellow smoker Humphrey Bogart, when we think of Bogie, I mean, he’s got great lines. But a lot of the time he’s just standing there looking terrifically cool. But whether a president can do that for four years, I don’t know. I mean, it’s interesting to me on all this business in Chicago. When he’s asked about it, he gives one of his very cool answers, very evenly modulated. If ever there was a time to get excited and show some genuine outrage, it’s the idea of this guy trying to sell off your Senate seat. Yet this sort of very flat, very even, very cool mode seems to be all Obama has.
HH: Mark Steyn, some of that I put down to the television age, and I bring up, not because I don’t like him, in fact, I do like Anderson Cooper, but I don’t think Anderson Cooper ever smiles. And most of the anchors that we now see try to adopt a pose of being completely unruffled by everything, and never evidencing any sort of engagement or attachment. And I think Obama’s figured out that this works for them, and he wants to be sort of a television anchor president. But that doesn’t work very well.
MS: No, I’m not sure how you can keep that term. I mean, people feel differently about it. I was complaining about this to Alan Colmes over at Fox, and saying that he’s too mellow. And I said he’s like Perry Como singing Winter Wonderland. And Alan Colmes said no, you mean he’s like your record of Marshmallow World. And of course, that’s what he’s not. If he was as perky…
HH: If he was happy…
MS: …as me and Jessica doing Marshmallow World, it would be a variation in tone. That’s the point. You know, President Reagan, for example, was a very buoyant, sunny, optimistic guy, and projected that. But he could also be very serious. I mean, this guy, you can’t do this sort of minimalist method acting presidency. He’s got to expand his range a bit.
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