Why Romney Is Easier to Read Than Obama

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In a column for The Root DC, comedian W. Kamau Bell explains why he thinks the Republican presidential candidate's transparency will make the debates interesting.

I never have any idea what President Barack Obama is thinking. Now don't get me wrong. I'm not saying that he is not a good communicator. He is one of the best in the oration business. He's got a preacher's cadence, a comic's timing and a professor's ability to bum you out with last-minute homework assignments. ("Come on, Prez! How come I have to be the change?") Still, I never really feel like I know what he is thinking, and I'm not sure he wants me to know.

I just always get the feeling that Obama is playing his cards so close to the vest that you could only see what he was holding if you had an X-ray machine …

On the other hand, I always get the feeling that I know exactly what Mitt Romney is thinking. Right now, it is something like: "Am I actually going to lose the presidency to this man cursed with the mark of Cain? I'm a billionaire … Oops! I meant millionaire, according to my taxes, which you'll never see!" Unlike Obama, Romney seems to either say everything he is thinking (see the 47 percent video) or he wears his internal monologue on his face. And right now his face seems to be screaming, "WHO'S IDEA WAS THIS?" The "this" changes from Paul Ryan to making a joke about windows on planes during a story about your wife's plane being on fire to running for president in the first place. And this is why I can't wait for the debates. Because when you pit a guy who is unflappable, like Obama, against a guy who is a walking flap, like Mitt Romney, well, you get appointment TV of the highest order.


Read W. Kamau Bell's entire column at The Root DC.

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