This question can only have a subjective answer (which is actually fun, from time to time!), so here are a few personal remarks.
1) You are a dynamic PhD student working in 2012 under the supervision of Demailly, a world leader in complex algebraic geometry.
You have at your disposal a technology that didn't exist on Lefschetz' time: singular and De Rham cohomology, higher homotopy groups, Kähler manifolds, Hodge theory,...
Even the abstract notion of a finite-dimensional vector space had not been axiomatized.
So when you claim that the theorem is not that hard, you should not lose sight of the historic context in which Lefschetz "proved" his theorem in 1924.
2) I wrote "proved" in quotes, since as Sabbah diplomaticallty puts it, Lefschetz' proof was "insufficient".
So the theorem was not easy, even for Lefschetz.
3) The theorem has fascinated many Fields medalists and other giants who gave proofs of some version of the theorem: Andreotti, Frankel, Thom, Bott, Kodaira, Spencer, Artin, Grothendieck, Deligne.
This is certainly an indication of the depth of the theorem...
4) Like you I am enthusiastic about complex algebraic manifolds and am grateful for the transcendental methods , like Kähler theory, which allow us to study them.
However algebraic geometers also want to consider algebraic varieties in characteristic $p$, and there these transcendental tools unfortunately completely break down.
Hard Lefschetz for smooth varieties over finite fields was proved by Deligne only in 1980, after much preliminary work by himself and Grothendieck (cf. SGA7).
I would surmise that the terminology "Lefschetz vache" introduced by Grothendieck is to be understood in that context.
5) Finally even in the complex case, I find the proof of hard Lefschetz starting from scratch not so easy.
I'll let you and the other users judge by linking to a free online course of Sabbah on Hodge theory and hard Lefschetz (in the Introduction of which he writes the diplomatic remark mentioned above!)
Since this is a good-humoured, non-technical answer, I'll take the liberty of quoting the following picturesque metaphor by Lefschetz:
It was my lot to plant the harpoon of algebraic topology into the body of the whale of algebraic geometry