Obama's political style is clearly stolen (er, borrowed) from erstwhile cooler Dalton from the best bad movie ever -- Road House. Obama's approach is pure Dalton unflappability -- "be nice." Someone calls you a name? Be nice. Ask him to walk, but be nice. If he doesn't walk -- walk him, but be nice. It's not personal.
And the kicker:
Dalton: "I want you to be nice until it's time to not be nice."
Bouncer: "Well, uh, how are we supposed to know when that is."
Dalton: "You won't. I'll let you know."
And there you have Obama's political style neatly wrapped up. (Fast forward video to 2:00 mark).