Is being popular a presidential must?


Austin Hille, Editor In Chief

When it comes to politics and the election, teenagers tend to support the candidate that they think is the coolest.

Now this is acceptable to a certain extent, but eventually today’s teenagers are going to have to get serious about voting.  And the hard truth is this: being cool does not make you a good president.

The perfect example of this is President Barack Obama. It hurts me to say this, being the staunch Republican that I am, but Obama has to be the coolest president we’ve ever had.

It’s easy to see at first glance that Obama does not seem like a stereotypical president. He actually seems like a normal person, not the kind of person that spends his Friday night reading a book, or writing a sub-par health care bill.

You get the sense that he really is a fun loving person, not the bloodsucking parasite that most politicians seem to be. It’s even reasonable to think that he is fond of putting a whoopee cushion on Joe Biden’s chair.

This sense of “coolness” really doesn’t just come from his personality, but the way that he tries to appeal to the young voter demographic. Now this strategy could collapse in so many embarrassing ways, but with Obama, it actually works.

I think it works because he is not trying too hard. He really wins his young supporters through the subtle things, such as announcing his vice president via text message, or hosting an AMA on

There is absolutely no doubt that Obama is the coolest president ever, but does that make him a good president? The answer to that is a simple no.

It’s not hard to see this at all, but for some reason 45 percent of all registered voters seem to overlook this fact. Obama is not a good president, and America desperately needs a new one.

From the outset Obama messed up by basically giving away about $800 billion to “jump-start” the economy. Yes, that is billion, with a “b”. This was called The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but more commonly referred to the stimulus package.

The logic behind this is just absolutely insane. The economy was bad enough, and Obama’s idea of “fixing” it was to give away an ridiculous amount of money. As expected, this idea ended with ugly results.

Shortly after he gave all that money away, the economy went up a little before plummeting lower than what it was before the package was put into action.

“The only thing stimulated by the Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been the government,” according to

This conclusion was reached because the only two places that employment went up in a year after the package was implemented were Alaska and Washington, DC. In every other state,  the economy sunk.

Besides, Alaska probably just found a way to employ penguins or somehow build a bridge from Sarah Palin’s house to Russia.

This is not the only place that Obama has failed to produce results.  His “radness” obviously didn’t help him in one of his huge movements to fund a large number of solar energy companies, spending more than $1 billion in the process.

Obama’s efforts to “go green” did not pay off. Fourteen of the companies he funded have filed for bankruptcy. One of these companies was Solyndra, a Fremont solar panel company that received a $500 million chunk from the stimulus package.

Obama seems to really like this concept of giving away everything for free, which we can even see today with his health care bill. When will Obama and the U.S. learn that giving away commodities to every citizen does not work well for our country’s economy?

Recently, Obama was asked what his biggest failure was and, shockingly, his answer was his failure to institute immigration reforms. What? Is this man blind? Obviously, any of my previous examples were worse than this.

My case is very clear.  Even though Obama is the coolest president known to man, that obviously doesn’t help him make good choices during his presidency, and he certainly is in no way a good president.

Obama said in 2008, “Yes we can!” But in 2012, we should say, “No we can’t!”

Despite all of his catchy slogans, and his cool, calm, and collected demeanor, we should not re-elect Obama. His coolness didn’t help him last term, and it’s certainly not going to help him if he is re-elected.