What Obama and Huckabee have in common

Andrew Sullivan sees Mike Huckabee and Barack Obama, the two victors in Iowa, as manifesting the same theme:

Look at their names: Huckabee and Obama. Both came from nowhere – from Arkansas and Hawaii. Both campaigned as human beings, not programmed campaign robots with messages honed in focus groups. Both faced powerful and monied establishments in both parties. And both are running two variants on the same message: change, uniting America again, saying goodbye to the bitterness of the polarized past, representing ordinary voters against the professionals. Neither has been ground down by long experience, but neither is a neophyte.

You have a Republican educated in a Bible college; and a Democrat who is the most credible African-American candidate for the presidency in history. Their respective margins were far larger than most expected. And the hope they have unleashed is palpable.
That hope is not just about their parties. It is about America. America’s ability to move forward, to unite, to get past the bitter red-and-blue past. That’s what the next generation wants. And they now seem motivated enough to get it.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Bror Erickson

    Dr. Veith,
    It is a most unfortunate typo in the title of this post!
    I believe you meant Obama, not Osama.

  • Bror Erickson

    Dr. Veith,
    It is a most unfortunate typo in the title of this post!
    I believe you meant Obama, not Osama.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Oh, Bror, thanks for catching that. This is telling. I have heard even one of his activist SUPPORTERS making that mistake!

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    Oh, Bror, thanks for catching that. This is telling. I have heard even one of his activist SUPPORTERS making that mistake!

  • fw

    watch obama become renamed as Hussein Obama etc. this will be common should he be successful in his bid for the nomination….

    Not saying you did this intentionally Dr Vieth at all seriously, but this is what will happen. along with the rumor that he is muslim and went to a muslim school as a child.

    when was the last time you heard LIBERALS chanting “usa usa usa!!!”

    patriotic liberals. a new concept. courtesy of Barack Obama. what is it about this man? Listen to his speeches. Go to his web site and hear his thoughtful speech on the proper roles of church and state. He has it nailed speaking as Lutheran christian. Refreshing!

    what these two men have in common is their public speaking ability and personal modesty. As Obama retorted to Madam Clinton´s “I have deeds and you all only have words”. Obama knows that words do really matter. They persuade. They make possible. They inspire. And he has great content in his words. People sense this and so they hope once again.

    What huckabee lacks is the mark of carefully thought out and nuanced content that Osama, er Obama has.

    I don´t know of any dems who would vote for Huckabee vs obama. I know of alot of republicans and independents. lots. who would pick Obama and even change partys to do so.

  • fw

    watch obama become renamed as Hussein Obama etc. this will be common should he be successful in his bid for the nomination….

    Not saying you did this intentionally Dr Vieth at all seriously, but this is what will happen. along with the rumor that he is muslim and went to a muslim school as a child.

    when was the last time you heard LIBERALS chanting “usa usa usa!!!”

    patriotic liberals. a new concept. courtesy of Barack Obama. what is it about this man? Listen to his speeches. Go to his web site and hear his thoughtful speech on the proper roles of church and state. He has it nailed speaking as Lutheran christian. Refreshing!

    what these two men have in common is their public speaking ability and personal modesty. As Obama retorted to Madam Clinton´s “I have deeds and you all only have words”. Obama knows that words do really matter. They persuade. They make possible. They inspire. And he has great content in his words. People sense this and so they hope once again.

    What huckabee lacks is the mark of carefully thought out and nuanced content that Osama, er Obama has.

    I don´t know of any dems who would vote for Huckabee vs obama. I know of alot of republicans and independents. lots. who would pick Obama and even change partys to do so.

  • Bror Erickson

    As for the text of your post Veith. I tend to agree with you.
    I don’t know that I want Obama in the office, but the country could do worse. I am refreshed to see a black candidate running as a candidate, not the “black” candidate.
    Both Barack and Huckabee are excellent speakers. That to is refreshing given the dribble of the last eight years. I am dumbfounded that in the last two elections the Democrates were actually able to come up with candidates that were less articulate than Bush. And I like Bush, but articulate he is not.

  • Bror Erickson

    As for the text of your post Veith. I tend to agree with you.
    I don’t know that I want Obama in the office, but the country could do worse. I am refreshed to see a black candidate running as a candidate, not the “black” candidate.
    Both Barack and Huckabee are excellent speakers. That to is refreshing given the dribble of the last eight years. I am dumbfounded that in the last two elections the Democrates were actually able to come up with candidates that were less articulate than Bush. And I like Bush, but articulate he is not.

  • Nancy Milanich

    How can Obama be called black when he has a white mother and a black father? Isn’t his church the Church of Christ? It has always been my understanding that that denomination does not subscribe to belief in the Triune God, therefore cannot be considered Christian.

  • Nancy Milanich

    How can Obama be called black when he has a white mother and a black father? Isn’t his church the Church of Christ? It has always been my understanding that that denomination does not subscribe to belief in the Triune God, therefore cannot be considered Christian.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    No, Nancy, his is the United Church of Christ, not to be confused with the Church of Christ. The former, though, is a very liberal denomination on the whole.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Veith

    No, Nancy, his is the United Church of Christ, not to be confused with the Church of Christ. The former, though, is a very liberal denomination on the whole.

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