If one were to gather together a dozen of our society's key arbiters of cool—ad execs, movie stars, fashion designers, music critics, pollsters, suburban tweens—and instruct them to generate the profile of a "cool" politician, what are the odds that their efforts would result in a gangly, jug-eared, overeducated, workaholic with a fondness for Scrabble? Not to denigrate our freshly minted president, but, when you tick through some of the basics, Barack Obama comes across as an inveterate dork.
Pushing its tech and transparency credentials, the transition team announced today a new tool onChange.gov that allows people to ask and vote on questions for the team. (Kind of like what ObamaCTO.org has been doing for weeks, asking people to vote on priorities for the new administration.) My first question: True or false--in light of Jon Favreau's Hillary boob-grabbing Facebook photo, the transition is rethinking how to let its members use social media? (Although, that looks like it might be "flagged as inappropriate" on the site.) --Seyward Darby