Obama’s consistently calm dispassionate aura freaks out American voters used to hyperbole. It’s a style not seen in the US for many presidencies. The liberal anguish over his Presidency is strange because Obama has not become this sort of politician. He was just as calculating and deliberative in the campaign, and prior. He was a perfect vehicle for Americans to fill with their own version of hope.
Maybe Obama would fare better in another Western country, like UK or New Zealand, where we like our politicians to hold back on the effusiveness.
Obama’s experience is a warning for modern politicians; it’s best to have voters find appeal in your passions and policies, rather than try to finely match theirs or allow them to define you.