The cult of Obama

Charles Krauthammer:

There’s no better path to success than getting people to buy a free commodity. Like the genius who figured out how to get people to pay for water: bottle it (Aquafina was revealed to be nothing more than reprocessed tap water) and charge more than they pay for gasoline…
And now, in the most amazing trick of all, a silver-tongued freshman senator has found a way to sell hope…
Interestingly, Obama has been able to win these electoral victories and dazzle crowds in one new jurisdiction after another, even as his mesmeric power has begun to arouse skepticism and misgivings among the mainstream media.
ABC’s Jake Tapper notes the “Helter-Skelter cult-ish qualities” of “Obama worshipers,” what Joel Stein of the Los Angeles Times calls “the Cult of Obama.” Obama’s Super Tuesday victory speech was a classic of the genre. Its effect was electric, eliciting a rhythmic fervor in the audience — to such rhetorical nonsense as “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. (Cheers, applause.) We are the change that we seek.”
That was too much for Time’s Joe Klein. “There was something just a wee bit creepy about the mass messianism,” he wrote. “The message is becoming dangerously self-referential. The Obama campaign all too often is about how wonderful the Obama campaign is.”

Obama has an astonishingly empty paper trail. He’s going around issuing promissory notes on the future that he can’t possibly redeem. Promises to heal the world with negotiations with the likes of Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Promises to transcend the conundrums of entitlement reform that require real and painful trade-offs and that have eluded solution for a generation. Promises to fund his other promises by a rapid withdrawal from an unpopular war — with the hope, I suppose, that the (presumed) resulting increase in American prestige would compensate for the chaos to follow.
Democrats are worried that the Obama spell will break between the time of his nomination and the time of the election, and deny them the White House. My guess is that he can maintain the spell just past Inauguration Day. After which will come the awakening. It will be rude.

Apparently Krauthammer isn’t the only one noticing the messianic overtones coming from the Obama campaign.
H/T: on the Obama Messiah site to Nelson Guirado.

7 thoughts on “The cult of Obama”

  1. Now Look at it this way, How many times do you get to see a US president impeached ?
    So before I die I can tell my Grandchildren ,”Yep I watch the whole impeachment On TV and obama was dragged outside kicking and crying.”

  2. The Obama campaign is a copy of the John Kennedy campaign of 1960. A lot of empty rhetoric and he will later do the contrary of what he promised. Just keep watching the circus, folks.

  3. The Obama-ites, when I run across them online, sound almost as creepy as the Ronulans. Hmmmm, maybe that’s where all the Ronulans went.

  4. Obama is such a phony. If you listen to his speeches–and I’m not talking about the substance therein, the demagoguery that he spouts, but rather the sound of his voice–he’s totally copying Martin Luther King. How is it that a mulatto raised by white grandparents in absolutely white surroundings [it isn’t as if he were raised in Newark, Harlem or Liberty City] can begin to speak like a southern black preacher?

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