Politico reported something interesting before President Obama met with Pope Francis: “The visit is a rare chance for Obama to associate himself with a world leader whose cool factor far outweighs his own.”
It’s rare for pundits to admit that someone else might top their revered Barack in the coolness category. They’re equating coolness and popularity, and the Pope certainly polls much better than the president, which is no surprise these days.
Liberals have developed a collective man-crush on Pope Francis, even though he hasn’t budged an inch on the church’s teachings. The Catholic Church is just as “homophobic” as ever in its defense of marriage and just as “intolerant” as ever in its defense of human life.
But Pope Francis is cool.
It is a terrible indictment of our culture that what is deemed to be “cool” by the media becomes so important in our national discourse. “Coolness” elects presidents. Fox News personality Greg Gutfeld has a new book out called “Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War On You.”
On Fox Business, Gutfeld explained, “You hear John McCain was a war hero. He was a prisoner of war, but he was an old white guy. That’s not cool. So, you vote for the young, historically significant candidate, so that election I believe was based on making a cool choice.”