Jake Tapper ABC News Senior National Correspondent Jake Tapper has a piece today rounding up several observant voices for whom the cult of personality around Barack Obama is wearing a bit thin. Among the gems he points out is this:
Joe Klein, writing at Time, notes “something just a wee bit creepy about the mass messianism” he sees in Obama’s Super Tuesday speech.
“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” Obama said. “This time can be different because this campaign for the presidency of the United States of America is different. It’s different not because of me. It’s different because of you.”
That is not just maddeningly vague but also disingenuous: the campaign is entirely about Obama and his ability to inspire. Rather than focusing on any specific issue or cause – other than an amorphous desire for change – the message is becoming dangerously self-referential. The Obama campaign all too often is about how wonderful the Obama campaign is.
That last line is classic; classic because it’s so true.
Update: In that same issue you can read about the zombie foot soldiers of the Obama movement – your teenagers.
Update 2: PunditGuy notes that on his website header Obama is shown in the clouds asking people to “believe”