Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Cult of Personality?

Does this remind anyone else of the mania surrounding other bad decisions in world political history?

“I cried all night. I’m going to be crying for the next four years,” he [Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.] said. “What Barack Obama has accomplished is the single most extraordinary event that has occurred in the 232 years of the nation’s political history. ... The event itself is so extraordinary that another chapter could be added to the Bible to chronicle its significance.”
Or maybe this quote by Ezra Klein?
"Obama's finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don't even really inspire. They elevate. They enmesh you in a grander moment, as if history has stopped flowing passively by, and, just for an instant, contracted around you, made you aware of its presence, and your role in it. He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair."
Apparently, Obama campaign people are now speaking of "'coming to Obama' in the same way born-again Christians talk about 'coming to Jesus.'" And it's starting to worry some Democrats.

For your comparison:

God gave the savior to the German people. We have faith, deep and unshakeable faith, that he [Hitler] was sent to us by God to save Germany.
-Hermann Göring
Christ has come to us through the person of Adolf Hitler. ...Hitler has taken root in us; through his strength, through his honesty, his faith and his idealism we have found our way to paradise.
- Kirchenrat Leutheusser
Let's just hope we aren't hearing about our Great Leader come January. Is Obama-mania starting to scare anyone else out there?

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  • Alan

    If elected, he's destined to be one of the greatest disappointments in American history. He'll have to deal with the real world for four years -- possibly eight. Oratorial skill and charisma won't be enough.

    Will he keep all his promises, and pay for them? If so, the country will be angry at the tax burden. If he keeps the promises but does not pay for them, the deficit will be an albatross around his neck. And if he doesn't keep the promises....

  • Julie

    Listening to Obama sends chills up my spine. I have always been fascinated with Hitler's charisma and oratory skills.
    I am not saying he is Hitler by any means, but I think he could cause some damage to our country.

  • Smockity Frocks

    Barbara at Mommy Life has labeled him "Obamassiah" or something like that, because of the frenzy that exists all around him.

    As an aside, Rocco Mediate was just in an exciting playoff with Tiger Woods in the U.S. Open (We're a golfing family.) and my 6 yr. old, overhearing the coverage said, "Rock Obama is beating Tiger Woods?!" He's even invading the PGA tour!

  • Thehotrod5

    I have been wondering about this myself. It gives me chills to read the ref.'s you have posted. All I can do is shake my head.......

    and Connie..LOL@ Obama invading the PGA tour!


  • Ewokgirl

    Creepy. It disturbs me how easily people are swayed by well-spoken words.

    "Charm is deceitful..."

  • JunkMale

    This quote courtesy of Spike Lee, from some SilverDocs film festival (whatever that is):

    "If Obama’s gonna become president…", Lee interrupted. "There is no if! It changes everything…it’s gonna be Before Obama, and After Obama. And I’m gonna be at that inauguration, too."

    Times might be thought of as BO and AO, but that might not necessarily be a good thing.

  • Julie

    Can I just send out a, "YUCK!"?