The Mythology

obama-reuters-haloObama courtesy of Reuters
Reports from the G-20 detail Obama’s role between France and China and his personal diplomacy that created an agreement and ‘saved’ the summit.

This story reminded me of Glen Healy’s recent piece describing ‘the cult of Obama’ in the Washington Examiner, not to mention Chris Matthews’ infamous admission of tingling in his thighs when he saw Obama on the campaign trail.

Healy points to our need to lionize our non-king, a tendency not limited to the leftish among us:

…any conservative who thinks cultishness is exclusively a leftist phenomenon ought to take a good long look in the mirror. Because many of those who decry the “cult of Obama” are the same people who made a flight-suited action figure hero out of such common clay as George W. Bush.

Peggy Noonan called Bush’s post-9/11 address to Congress “a God-touched moment and a God-touched speech.” Fred Barnes wrote that “the stage was set for Bush to be God’s agent of wrath.” National Review Online ran ads for the Bush “Top Gun” action figure, and an article about how wonderful it was to have a presidential superhero to complement your GI Joe collection.

On Hardball, after the “Mission Accomplished” speech, G. Gordon Liddy got graphic enough to embarrass Judith Warner: “Here comes George Bush. You know, he’s in his flight suit, he’s striding across the deck, and he’s wearing his parachute harness…. and it makes the best of his manly characteristic…. He has just won every woman’s vote in the United States of America!”

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One response to “The Mythology

  1. i am ready to convert – just so when i nominate obama for sainthood, while he is still alive, there is a spike in my credibility and a movement will have begun.

    ah, the burden of greatness when it is thrust upon one by the burdened masses.

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