Revisiting the Cult of Obama
File this under “confessions,” but I’ve started putting politically tinged songs on my MP3 player so that, every now and then, amidst the thousands of songs and compositions being shuffled throughout the day, I’ll have reason to pause and smirk, laugh, or shake my head. The first such song was the creepy Obama children’s choir tune, which I’ve found myself humming every time I hear another of the mounting stories of national decline and global danger. I recently added Remy’s “Going Green with Cap and Trade.”
Well, last night I went digging for the pre-election Obamacult “We Are the Ones” advertisement featuring will.i.am and various stars, and this spoken word promise by somebody I don’t recognize definitely won the song some megabytes on my non-Apple player:
I think the thing that inspires me most about Barack Obama is that he really is going to be the President of the United States. You know? He’s not going to be the President of the top 10% or the President of the most powerful corporations or the President of the most powerful lobbyists. He’s going to be our President. He’s going to speak for us, ’cause we put him there.
Of course, there’s the endearing naiveté — as if the rich, corporations, and especially lobbyists can’t declare the “we put him there” claim on his attention to a greater degree than the average voter. But the game that’s likely to prove increasingly fun comes with the second “or”: He’s not going to be the “President of the most powerful corporations”? If we take that as a de facto title, I’d say that bit of hope was misplaced!
Watching the President’s brief recent comments on the healthcare debate in preparation for a post that will go up tomorrow morning, it struck me that one cannot address the Barack Obama phenomenon — or figure out a way to arrest his relentless push for national destruction (inadvertent as that result may be) — without realizing that there’s a segment of the U.S. population that is involved enough to vote, but not enough to follow policy debates, that doesn’t hear a substantive argument when The One orates. What they actually hear is something more like the speech-turned-pop-song “Yes We Can” (which, therefore, is also apt to pop up on shuffle from time to time).
People will continue to support Barack Obama for the same reason that young folks continue to become new smokers. There’s a cultural appeal — an image and a storyline — that they find compelling, and even if they know enough to have an abstract understanding of the consequences, like teenagers, they don’t believe it’ll actually ever come to pass.