So Barack Obama is now the president-elect, and Barack Obama is cool. This is true regardless of whether you’re from the right or the left. It’s not about politics, it’s about culture and it’s about sex. The dude just oozes the energy of coolness. Look at Jezebel. They’re speechless, and who can blame them?
The particular kind of cool that Obama embodies goes back a long way in America. Bix Beiderbecke had it—if not when he was alive, then for a time after—and god knows Elvis and James Dean had it. Too many black people to name have had it, but Ebony did well to narrow it down to twenty-five. But where does it come from exactly? I’m reminded of something Lee Siegel wrote in the New Republic a few years ago, referencing Michael Jackson:
So true, and as you might know, I’m a big fan of miscegenation. I’m an even bigger fan of how what was implied in Bix has become real in Barack. He is a mutt, indeed, but aren’t we all?