For the Left: No he does not look cool
President Obama look conveys this: Contempt. Derision. Closed Off. Egotistical. Arrogant.
He’s looking at his own Vice President…not some enemy. Or does he now view the Vice President as his enemy?
As for the “optics”, I agree with Glenn. The White House simply does not seem to have the ability to see themselves as others see them. Some people might get excited by seeing the image of the President looking down his nose at, well, anyone. Most people don’t find snobbishness appealing in anyone, even someone “entitled” to be a snob.