The Hangover

Remember? Just a few short years ago when actual adults (lots of them, not just a few, and famous and powerful ones, not fringe, kook, and unimportant ones) were–publicly–saying this kind of stuff, not just with a straight face, but with an earnest, impassioned face and eyes glistening with tears of urgent messianic fervor?:

“We have an amazing story to tell,” she said. “This president has brought us out of the dark and into the light.”

– Michelle Obama

“Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus.”

– Politiken (Danish newspaper)

“No one saw him coming, and Christians believe God comes at us from strange angles and places we don’t expect, like Jesus being born in a manger.”

–Lawrence Carter

“Many even see in Obama a messiah-like figure, a great soul, and some affectionately call him Mahatma Obama.”

– Dinesh Sharma

“We just like to say his name. We are considering taking it as a mantra.”

– Chicago] Sun-Times

“A Lightworker — An Attuned Being with Powerful Luminosity and High-Vibration Integrity who will actually help usher in a New Way of Being”

– Mark Morford

“What Barack Obama has accomplished is the single most extraordinary event that has occurred in the 232 years of the nation’s political history”

– Jesse Jackson, Jr.

“This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”

– Barack Obama

“Does it not feel as if some special hand is guiding Obama on his journey, I mean, as he has said, the utter improbability of it all?”

– Daily Kos

“He communicates God-like energy…”

– Steve Davis (Charleston, SC)

“Not just an ordinary human being but indeed an Advanced Soul”

– Commentator @ Chicago Sun Times

“I’ll do whatever he says to do. I’ll collect paper cups off the ground to make his pathway clear.”

– Halle Berry

“A quantum leap in American consciousness”

– Deepak Chopra

“He is not operating on the same plane as ordinary politicians. . . . the agent of transformation in an age of revolution, as a figure uniquely qualified to open the door to the 21st century.”
– Gary Hart

“Barack Obama is our collective representation of our purest hopes, our highest visions and our deepest knowings . . . He’s our product out of the all-knowing quantum field of intelligence.”

– Eve Konstantine

“This is bigger than Kennedy. . . . This is the New Testament.” | “I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often. No, seriously. It’s a dramatic event.”

– Chris Matthews

“[Obama is ] creative imagination which coupled with brilliance equals wisdom . . . [He is] the man for this time.”

– Toni Morrison

“Obama’s finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don’t even really inspire. They elevate. . . . He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh . . . Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves.”

– Ezra Klein

“Obama has the capacity to summon heroic forces from the spiritual depths of ordinary citizens and to unleash therefrom a symphonic chorus of unique creative acts whose common purpose is to tame the soul and alleviate the great challenges facing mankind.”

– Gerald Campbell

“We’re here to evolve to a higher plane . . . he is an evolved leader . . . [he] has an ear for eloquence and a Tongue dipped in the Unvarnished Truth.”

– Oprah Winfrey

“I would characterize the Senate race as being a race where Obama was, let’s say, blessed and highly favored. That’s not routine. There’s something else going on. I think that Obama, his election to the Senate, was divinely ordered. . . . I know that that was God’s plan.”

– Bill Rush

Pardon me while I take just a moment and say, in all seriousness to these people and all who took them seriously and parroted this twaddle: What on earth were you thinking? Do you feel a twinge of embarrassment or perhaps even a good healthy *cringe* of embarrassment? Can you take responsibility for saying such boggleworthy crapola? I don’t mean “Can you slink away quietly like so many Obama donors are doing. I mean can you say, “What on earth was I thinking? I was not just wrong but spectacularly wrong. And I am ashamed and embarrassed for the repulsive progressive hypocrisy that bowed down in worship before this man offering hosannas this egregiously ridiculous.”

I know it is, in fact, possible for Obama supporters to express regrets for supporting him because these guys have done it. And with good reason. The guy seems to have a genius for deliberately alienating some of his staunchest supporters. Just ask Michael Sean Winters and other Catholics who have been stunned by his clueless hubris and his war on the Church. As the economy implodes, he manages to launch pointless culture wars against vital segments of his base. It’s like he wants to lose. May he get his wish.

  • http://davidgriffey.blogspot.com/ Dave G.

    In fairness to president Obama, this is part of his problem. I mean, nobody could live up to this. He could have ended world hunger and aligned the planets, and it would be a let down. This is one of those things that helps at the moment, but comes around later and hurts.

    • Rosemarie

      +J.M.J+

      Very true. I know we probably all have different opinions about who was the greatest U.S. president, but whoever you think it was, just try applying those quotes to him. I bet he wouldn’t measure up either; none of the 44 would. Not even the best among them. The only Man who could ever measure up isn’t even running for Potus – since that would be a major step down from the position of King of kings!

  • Chris M

    Don’t hold your breath. The best you’ll get is “well, he isn’t all we hoped for but he’s still better than Romney so I’ll vote for him again”

  • Laura

    I honestly started to feel a little nausiated reading those accolades–and to think he’s just a reality-deficient chump, afterall.

    But seriously, how serious a sin is my wish that he’s still chain-smoking?

    • ds

      Is is a sin if I hope he’s smoking Newports?

      • Rosemarie

        +J.M.J+

        I don’t want him to die. I just want him voted out. Let him go build his library and live to see his grandchildren, as long as he can’t destroy the country anymore.

  • http://www.2catholicmen.blogspot.com Ben of Two Men

    Unbelievable. What is reality? With exceptions of government healthcare and more abortion, we have a Bush 3rd term.
    - Bush tax cuts extended
    - Patriot act extended
    - No child left behind continued
    - Corporate bailouts continued
    - Fiscal irresponsibility continued and is worse
    - Polarization of the country continued and is worse
    - Iraq war continued in a way Bush would be proud of
    - Military surge in Afghanistan Bush would be proud of
    - Massive military attack in the Middle East with no strategy (Libya)
    - Military option “on the table” for Iran
    - Gitmo Terror prison continued

    • Mark Shea

      Don’t forget unilateral executions by executive fiat and secret committee, and indefinite detention and suspension of habeas corpus whenever the Lightbearer feels like it.

      • http://www.2catholicmen.blogspot.com Ben of Two Men

        True, I only have a partial list.

    • http://chicagoboyz.net TMLutas

      Oh let’s be honest, Keystone XL would have been approved in a Bush 3rd term and Bush wouldn’t have defied court orders saying his oil leasing policies were illegally restrictive. We also would not likely have seen regulation on pollution that was actually impossible to meet because nobody had figure out how to engineer industrial scrubbers that good. On regulatory affairs, Obama is no Bush.

      • http://www.2catholicmen.blogspot.com Ben of Two Men

        I wasn’t commenting on what Bush would have done in a 3rd term, only the long list that Obama continues in his 1st term (good or bad) and how odd that The Left does not seem to notice.

        • http://confederatepapist.blogspot.com/ Confederate Papist

          Because out of your list, I agree with all but the tax cuts….I’d rather have my money and not the government. Besides, at least 90% of the money the uS government collects has nothing to do with the original intent of the functions of the uS government.

  • ds

    I voted for him but never believed this messiah crap. But fairly, most of these quotes are nobodies or nuts that don’t speak for Democrats at large. M0st of the rest are out of context.

    I don’t know if I’ll vote the big O again. Romney is a clown and a phony to the core, most third parties are kooks and klowns. Don’t tell me Ron Paul, he’s an opportunist lying nutcase crank that doesn’t really want to be president anyway. I live in Illinois so it probably won’t matter how I vote. I might write in Elvis (he is still alive you know, and lives in us all).

    • Bill

      I disagree. These quotes square pretty convincingly with most dyed-in-the-wool Democrats I know.

      He still is this icon to many.

    • http://a-star-of-hope.blogspot.com JoAnna

      Major metropolitan newspapers, Halle Barry, and Oprah aren’t exactly “nobodies”.

      • ds

        The newspaper quotes are mostly taken out of context or letters to the editor (nobodies). Halle Barry and Oprah are certainly not nobodies but they are kinda nuts. Oprah especially is a new age kook.

        • http://confederatepapist.blogspot.com/ Confederate Papist

          The problem is that Obama never refuted *any* of it.

          • Rosemarie

            +J.M.J+

            Well, then-candidate Obama did joke about it once. At a dinner back in October 2008, he said, “Contrary to the rumors you’ve heard, I was not born in a manger. I was actually born on Krypton, sent here by my father Jor-El, to save the planet Earth.”

            That bit of humor aside, he pretty much soaked in all the adulation during the campaign – even encouraged it. One of those quotes Mark posted is from Obama himself.

  • Bill

    Then again, most old school Repubs feel the same way about Reagan

    Secularists love secular messiahs. Regardless of their stripes.

    • ds

      Oh jee wiz yes, Saint Ronald. I don’t even like to drive on 88 anymore.

      • http://chicagoboyz.net TMLutas

        Half the reason conservatives name so much stuff after Ronald Reagan is that we know that petty liberals will go out of their way to avoid using it after it’s been ritually tainted with a name change. Democrat Congressmen wince as if they’re under satanic attack twice a week as they fly in and out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. You’d think that this description was overdone except that DC Metro actually refused to use the proper name on signs and only changed them when explicitly required to by Congress on pain of transit defunding.

        • ds

          I am not so petty that I won’t drive it if it makes sense to get someplace, but I do feel dirty afterwards and like to quickly have a rap session with another petty liberal on how much Reagan sucks and we hate him. And a shower.

    • Mark Shea

      Hm. I just don’t see the messianic language in GOP encomiums to Reagan. This stuff is of a different order.

      • Chris M

        Me either.. I see lots of praise (misplaced) for his policies, but nothing elevating the man to demigodhood like we see with the big zerO.

      • ivan_the_mad

        True. Obama has more of a cult of personality (less so of late).

        I’m reminded of the hilarious and shameful 2008 GOP debate at the Reagan library, where apparently the candidates (less RP) had agreed beforehand that whoever could say “Reagan” the most during the course of the debate would win.

        • Bill

          I really like Reagan. I have fond memories of him. I was born in 79 so Dutch is my first presidential memory. But when you have guys like Grover Nordquist trying to get something named after him in every single state and county in the country, it’s hyperbolic.

    • http://davidgriffey.blogspot.com/ Dave G.

      I don’t think anybody on the Right that I’m aware of ever applied statements like those to Reagan. For that matter, as much as people liked or admired Lincoln, FDR, Teddy Roosevelt, Kennedy, or even Jefferson, I don’t think anything ever came close. The closest would be the admiration people had for Washington in the early years of our country. And even then, I think it’s nowhere near in comparison. But like Mark points out, I think it speaks more for the religious vacuum that is so much a part of the Left. As far flung and over the top that Christian fundamentalists might be, I can’t imagine any of them erring on the side of applying God-talk to one of their candidates, no matter how much they admire that candidate or president.

  • Stephen J.

    Despair can cause us to look for hope in anything, much less something specifically crafted to deceive us into investing in a particular hope; and sometimes we get so hurt by being betrayed, we do not have enough strength left to admit that we walked into the betrayal with open eyes. (Sometimes we are so *shocked* by a betrayal that it becomes hard to *remember* we walked into it with open eyes, which is where I suspect a number of Obama supporters now stand.)

    These people were thinking that something they’d been taught all their lives was one of the greatest shames (if they were white) or indignities (if they were black) of their nation, the racist disenfranchisement within its history, would be redressed for good and all. They were thinking that finally laws could be put in place to make sure the poor and uninsured got decent medical care; that pilgrims seeking new and better lives would get laws more friendly to them; that women and non-het people would have medical support and legal approval for living independent and sexually fulfilled lives… and most of all, they trusted that Obama & Co. had figured out a way around two things they *didn’t* want to think about: TANSTAAFL, and the Law of Unintended Consequences. How could any decent idealistic person not wax rhapsodic and joyful about such things?

    • Mark Shea

      By reflecting on the fact that this was a man who had no moral qualms at all about sticking scissors in a baby’s brain? For some of us, that’s a red flag that all is not as messianic as it sounds.

      • Stephen J.

        Agreed. But given many of Obama’s supporters not only shared that lack of moral qualm, but went out of their way to keep those who didn’t share it from thinking about it by marginalizing the issue in the public discourse as much as they could (and being media gatekeepers, “as much as they could” was quite a lot), it’s unsurprising that flag didn’t pop up. As Screwtape says, much evil does its best work by keeping particular thoughts *out* of our heads.

        • Mark Shea

          Just so. It’s why I think the delusional messianic Obama supporters need to take full responsibility and not blame “despair” or Bush or anybody but themselves. I can see voting for Obama because somebody made a judgment call that he wasn’t as bad as McCain. But the level of wilful self-delusion required to say that crap about Obama is above and beyond.

  • beccolina

    By the law of reaping what we sow, idols all fall eventually. The higher people place him, the harder the fall, and the deeper the hole. I wonder if Bill Clinton ever sits back and says, “Why didn’t the media and the people back me like THIS?”

    • http://confederatepapist.blogspot.com/ Confederate Papist

      Um…they did…..

  • http://www.chesterton.org Sean P. Dailey

    I’d like to tell Oprah that I really do not want to know where Obama’s tongue has been. Really, I do not want to know.

    • ds

      I’ll tell you one place it aint been is up GK Chesterton’s dusty dessicated “ortho-dock.”

  • MG42

    Holy, well, you know what…
    Reading this crap almost vitiates the Church’s teachings about killing oneself.
    Astro-physicist Fred Hoyle was right when he said that the two most commonn things in the universe were hydrogen and stupidity.

  • Mark Gordon

    I did not vote for Obama in 2008 and won’t be voting for him (or Romney) this time. But I do find him likable, sincere, wrong about a lot of things and hopelessly out of his depth. What I can’t understand is either the level of adulation accorded to him by some OR the degree of personal hatred he stirs up in others. On the night of the election, a now former friend sent me a video titled “Barack and Michelle celebrate their election.” It was footage of two nearly naked African villagers performing a crazy dance around a fire. At the end of the video a cartoon monkey with big ears appeared, with the caption, “Barack Obama 2008.” And then I realized that no matter what he does, to some people Barack Obama will always be just another nigger who doesn’t know his place.

    • Rosemarie

      +J.M.J+

      On the last Inauguration Day I couldn’t even bring myself to watch it on TV or listen on the radio. While he was being sworn in, my Mom (God rest her soul) and I went to a local diner for lunch. While waiting for my food, I overheard someone a few tables down say to her companion something like, “Now they’ll be serving watermelon in the White House.”

      Hardy har har. We had just elected a man with no experience and full of very bad ideas to the most powerful position in the country and the best thing this person could muster was a tired old racist joke. Like the color of Obama’s skin even matters; the U.S. has had its share of loser white presidents over the years; too. So yeah, there have definitely been racist jokes and comments, but not everyone who opposes him is a racist, either.

    • Mark Shea

      Yeah. I find that kind of shit repulsive too. I think the man incompetent and deeply arrogant. But the race-baiting from not a few of his opponents turns my stomach.

  • Allan

    As a Canadian, I never understood what the watermelon thing was all about. I clued in at some point that it’s a racial dig at African Americans, but that’s as much as I’ve been able to figure out. Personally, I love watermelon, and lament that we can only get it three months of the year where I am.

    I agree the racial insults are completely inappropriate. Race wasn’t the issue. The fact that he was woefully unqualified for the job, and an extremist to boot, that’s what was relevant. But I do have to disagree with Mark Gordon’s assertion that Obama is “sincere”. Does anybody really buy that he suddenly “evolved” on the gay-marriage issue? He was pretty obviously aligned with the gay lobby right from the start, and was just waiting for the right moment to announce his support for gay marriage. I know the announcememt came as absolutely no surprise to me, and I can’t imagine anyone else was surprised by it. The same goes for backstabbing Catholic supporters of the health care bill by forcing contraception and abortion into it. Neither surprising, nor sincere on his part.

  • Anthony Esolen

    The difference between (genuinely) conservative Christians and lefty secularists is that the Christians know that no earthly city is the New Jerusalem, no leader is a Messiah, no political program will rid the world of venality, no educational system will cure the vanity of man’s foolish heart — and the secularist doesn’t know it. Or rather he cannot admit it — because to admit it is to despair. I don’t think that Bush Jr. was a great president; I don’t think he was horrible, either. It’s nice to be able to say, post facto, that, well, in 2001 we’d have gone after the Taliban in Afghanistan but no farther. It’s also unfair to choose endpoints in such a way as to make the man look bad: he was, after all, no more responsible for the attack on us that delivered the gut blow to the economy than the people of Burma were responsible for the tsunami. He shares responsibility with the Democrats for the roof-blowing budgets of 2007 and 2008; Bush did not like political fights, hardly ever used the veto pen, and went along tamely with the spending. Anyway, the comments above were encouraged by BHO himself — he has not a droplet of humility or self-knowledge in him, or he’d have been ashamed to accept the Nobel Peace Prize …

    • Ted Seeber

      Funny, I thought there were New Jerusalems built by conservative Christians all over the world that have accomplished this. They’re usually called monasteries is all.

      • Rosemarie

        +J.M.J+

        Though monasteries have a lot going for them, their inhabitants would probably be the first to dispute the idea that they are New Jerusalems. After all, nuns and monks on earth have human foibles like anyone else. Living in a monastery in close quarters with fellow imperfect human beings isn’t just like Heaven. Just ask the Little Flower, St. Therese. She wrote about the characters at her Carmel and how dealing with them was a real exercise in humility.


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