Notice how he’s only offering advice for the failed president. Read into that whatever you will.
Obama can’t ignore the impact of “demeanor evidence.” But it does impose a special burden on him, especially because the public and the press will be particularly attentive to his appearance. Every turn of his head, every extra blink of his eye will be subject to withering scrutiny. It’s one reason why, in earlier debates, the candidates’ insisted on no reaction or “cutaway” shots, and why the networks eventually said, in effect, “That’s our call, not yours.”
And that’s why, even in my fantasy world, where every piece of advice I conjure works like a charm, I imagine this advice to the president:
“Keep your head up, maintain eye contact, don’t frown, don’t grimace, show empathy with your questioner, engage Romney but don’t stalk him, gesture meaningfully and, oh yeah, be yourself.”
Being himself is the problem, Jeffy.