That piece I mentioned I was working on? It’s right here. An excerpt:
Or it might tell us why a candidate who hasn’t even been nominated yet wants to re-enact some of the most famous scenes from both Reagan and JFK’s highlight reels by holding a rally at Germany’s Brandenburg Gate, even though he’s not a head of state yet. (German authorities, aware of Obama’s rock-star status with the German public, diplomatically suggested that it was up to Obama to decide what is in “good taste.”)
Perhaps Dominic Lawson, writing in the British newspaper The Independent had it right when he recently wrote that Obama is “a man of stunning articulacy, but also stunning self-regard.”
Last July, Obama explained to reporters that he would eventually overtake Hillary Rodham Clinton in the polls because “to know me is to love me.” Some months later, according to The Associated Press’ Ron Fournier, he proclaimed, “Every place is Barack Obama country once Barack Obama’s been there.”
Of course, Obama and his surrogates would say he’s just being lighthearted, he doesn’t really take himself all that seriously.
One problem with that interpretation is that there’s little evidence that he’s interested in dispelling or rebutting the cult of personality he’s developed. Obama himself talks of reversing the ocean’s tides.
The overarching theme to his entire campaign – “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,” and all that – is that voting for Obama is proof of the cosmic superiority of … Obama voters.
In a speech in Madison, Wis., Obama told his supporters that rallying to his cause was today’s equivalent of the “greatest generation” rallying to defeat Hitler and Tojo. Oprah merely calls him, “The One,” saying he will help us “evolve to a higher plane.”
Someone get that man one of those “I’m Kind of a Big Deal” T-shirts.