You have to admit it is a catchy phrase; it implies both hope and empowerment. Not only are you the solution, you are also the one that will make it happen. It is one of those nondescript and open ended slogans that can be applied to just about anything. And this ambiguity fits right in with Obama’s message, or better said, non-message. Too bad he isn’t the one who came up with the phrase.
This phrase, or slogan, if you will, is actually a title to a book containing a collection of essays written by the extreme-left lesbian feminist, Alice Walker. The same extreme-left lesbian feminist who believes that if Fidel could dance, he would be perfect. And the same extreme-left lesbian feminist who also believes that convicted cop killer, Mumia Abu-Jamal, is a beautiful and compassionate person. With this in mind, one cannot help but to wonder if Alice Walker’s hopeful and empowering phrase applies to the likes of Fidel and Mumia. Are they the ones we have been waiting for?
Obama, however, has not bothered to credit Ms. Walker for this catchy phrase. And since no one has bothered to ask him how or where he came up with it, he would just as well leave its origins a mystery. Considering Ms. Walker’s history and ideology, I would imagine Obama would like to keep it that way. Whether he can, though, remains to be seen.
Former Republican congressman Fred Eckert has written an editorial about this and it is perhaps the first time anyone has questioned the origins of this slogan in the media. You can read his excellent piece HERE.
You can also read more of Ms. Walker’s view of the world in this post on Moonbattery.com.