I can't go along with his masculinization of the metrosexual Young President whom he describes as "postfeminist in his values, but also thoroughly traditional in style — hypercompetitive, restrained, not given to self-doubt, rarely self-indulgent." I especially can't concur with his attributing to Obama the characteristic of "rarely self-indulgent." Puh-leeze! You Google "self-indulgent" and his picture crops up in the first line! (Or, maybe the second line if Michelle's smiling face is in first place).
The last paragraph of the op-ed piece lends hope to those of us who fervently pray that the left-leaning lurch that this country has taken may slow and resume a more moderate -- dare I say maybe even conservative -- course:
I’d say that Obama is a slight underdog this year: the scuffling economy will grind away at voters. But his leadership style is keeping him afloat. He has defined a version of manliness that is postboomer in policy but preboomer in manners and reticence.But, attributing anything resembling traditional manliness to #44 is to make one laugh. Or at least to giggle behind one's hand.