Monday, November 24, 2008

Obamessiah Suck-Up of the Day

National Review's Jonah Goldberg mocks the progressive congregation:
In an attempt to dial down expectations for his administration, President-elect Barack Obama’s supporters have dropped much of the "messiah" talk.

No more talk of him being The One (Oprah), or a Jedi Knight (George Lucas), or a "Lightworker" (the San Francisco Chronicle), or a "quantum leap in American consciousness" (Deepak Chopra). Instead we have more humble and circumspect conversation about the man. Now he’s merely Abraham Lincoln and FDR and Martin Luther King, combined.

It’s a step down from divine redeemer, but you have to start somewhere.

Newsweek, Time, the Washington Post, 60 Minutes and, of course, The O Network (formerly known as MSNBC) have all run wild with this stuff. Depicting Obama as FDR or Lincoln has become a staple of the self-proclaimed "objective" media. . .

While such sycophancy from the national press is lamentable, at this point it’s hardly news.

What I find fascinating, however, is not so much the Obama hagiography, but the burning desire for another FDR or Lincoln that underlies it.


OBloodyHell said...

> It's a step down from Devine Redeemer, but you have to start somewhere.

I think we should start a lottery for what day and year he makes it to "Jimmy Carter". I'd throw in a buck.

newine said...

Before the left goes much further comparing BHO to FDR, they might delve into the devastating economic impacts of the latter's policies (rather than believing their own determined spinning of them).

And before they go much further with the Lincoln comparisons, they might remember that he was, a) a Republican and, b) determined to engage and win the bloodiest war this country has ever fought.

Carl said...


Agreed. There's hardly a lefty in America who understands that WWII, not the New Deal, ended the depression.


Could Obama's team turn out to be tolerable, or at least better than the Georgia rubes?