You're right, I always felt something wasn't completely right. I never could put my finger on it until you mentioned a "sneer".
I always felt that Obama's "mannerisms" were somwhat disgenuine. He never really did have/express the natural exuberance/enthusuiasm that he was going to possess the PRIVELEDGE of actually doing GOOD for the American people (he has other intentions).
I'm not saying that Obama should have had the tell tale never-ending constant deceptive smile on his face, but he never did show a "Ra, RA, let's go people, let's get America in shape" attitude.
I was never a McCain supporter, but McCain always seemed to "back off" and be perfectly comfortable that Obama got so much attention (maybe Obama simply has seniority over McCain, but the objective is simply to gain the sentiment of the minorities, the politically correct, the civil rights crusaders, and the "mom and pop" WE THE PEOPLE "let's live in peace" crowds (what's that....about 90% of the American population that will follow him and be "PATRIOTIC" no matter what?).
And I always thought the color coded dress was a VERY unusual fashion (especially for a woman, with even a psychological statement about the person). Obama himself would not wear red and black so blatantly in order to avoid the controversy and negative attention about himself).
Now he introduced the issue of a DOG to strengthen his "family values" stance and gain further support? Is he trying to promote a "Soap opera/reality show/gossip" attitude mixed into the politics of "the people" so that we no longer take politics seriously? (introducing the fact that a dog will be in the White House served WHAT practical PURPOSE?).