Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Obama: Oprah's Messiah

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Obama the Messianic
By Rich Lowry

Barack Obama found the perfect booster in Oprah Winfrey. Not only can she fill a football stadium with 30,000 adoring people and put a hammerlock on a news cycle, she specializes in the warm-and-fuzzy uplift that is the very foundation of Obama’s candidacy.

This was the pontiff of daytime television bestowing secular sainthood on the golden child of latterday liberalism. “For there is born to you this day a savior.”


In her stump speeches on Obama’s behalf, Oprah zeroed in on the heart of the matter: Obama’s post-political messianism. In South Carolina, she declared that it isn’t enough for candidates to tell the truth, “We need politicians who know how to be the truth.” One wonders if in the news reports, it were merely a transcription error that “the truth” wasn’t rendered in divinized capital letters.

Michelle Obama spoke in the same terms: “We need a leader who’s going to touch our souls. Who’s going to make us feel differently about one another. Who’s going to remind us that we are one another’s keepers. That we are only as strong as the weakest among us.”

This isn’t merely overpromising. It’s a creepy inflation of a political figure into a secular version of the Second Coming. Oprah implied the same thing, quoting a film in which an old, long-suffering woman asks every child she meets — in a question fraught with messianic symbolism — "Are you the one?" Oprah continued, referring to Obama, “It’s a question the entire nation is asking — is he the one? South Carolina — I do believe he’s the one.”

Is he really? It’s hard enough for a presidential candidate to have a plan to save Social Security and stabilize Iraq, let alone embody the truth and touch our souls. Obama plays into this messianism because it’s what gives his candidacy its unique appeal. Otherwise, he has a collection of pedestrian Democratic positions.



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Blogger FairestWitness said...

Oh right, Obama is the second coming of Christ. The Muslim messiah. Good grief but these people are silly.

9:03 PM  
Blogger CHOMP said...

Unfortunately, I think we'll be hearing, seeing, and reading more of this hype.


10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silly use of terms, but that never stopped a lefty. Let's inject some honesty into this discussion.

Oprah probably dislikes Hillary, which means Oprah has a pulse. BUT if Osama wasn't running, Oprah would endorse Hillary on her show! Let's stop the lie that Oprah is non-partisan. That's what they're trying to portray.


4:37 AM  

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