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Obama is smooth and ejumacated, which would normally make him the effete liberal. But when the Right tries to pin that on him, it doesn't quite stick. He's not macho in the usual sense. But he's not a limp wristed loser in the Kerry mould. If he tries to go hunting he's going to look ridiculous. But he won't, and the Iraq press photos suggested a certain militaristic mien which won't have gone unnoticed.

To put it as simply as I can, it's because he's black.  Black men are seen as tougher than white men in America -- an obnoxious, but convenient, byproduct of black men being portrayed as thugs by the media for so long.  And, as Obama is ejumacated and smooth, you get a kind of weird 50-Cent-Meets-James-Bond thing.  He gets the benefits of being black without suffering from the decades of bullshit.

Sure, McCain's got the POW thing, but stand Obama and McCain next to each other.  Who looks tougher?  Obama, of course.  He's young, athletic, etc.

Height matters, too, typically.  McCain is only 5'7" -- well below average for the population as a whole, and very short as presidents go.  Obama is 6'2" -- not unheard of as presidents go; roughly in line with Washington, Lincoln,  and a few others; and very tall as Americans go.

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by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Aug 9th, 2008 at 01:27:48 PM EST
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_ weird 50-Cent-Meets-James-Bond thing._

   :) lol (:

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by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Aug 9th, 2008 at 01:54:31 PM EST
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Obama is 6'2" -- not unheard of as presidents go; roughly in line with Washington, Lincoln,  and a few others; and very tall as Americans go. <

That counts as very tall in America? Sure, it is very tall - for a woman.

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by Starvid on Sun Aug 10th, 2008 at 01:02:47 AM EST
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Typical height for a male in America is between 5'9" and 5'10".

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by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Aug 10th, 2008 at 02:07:02 PM EST
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Just as an informal personal data gathering experience by a 6'2 person - I wouldn't call it very tall, but it is rare enough for me to encounter people clearly taller than me to find it mildly disconcerting. That's true in Europe as well.
by MarekNYC on Sun Aug 10th, 2008 at 02:11:25 PM EST
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Depends on where you are.  I think the Dutch are quite tall nowadays, if I remember an article from a while back correctly, and the Yurpians are generally becoming taller than us.

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by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Aug 10th, 2008 at 02:22:43 PM EST
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Is Obama's height the reason McCain accuses him of talking down to people?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Aug 10th, 2008 at 02:58:30 PM EST
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