Remember Obama Worship?

This Klavan on the Culture is from October 8, 2009.  What a difference two years have made in the fortunes of Mr. Obama, with his reelect number now down to 41%.  However, as a cautionary tale we should never forget the type of adulation received by this hack politician from Chicago during the election campaign of 2008 and the early days of his administration.

From Mark Morford, San Francisco Gate Columnist, on June 8, 2008:

Barack Obama isn’t really one of us. Not in the normal way, anyway.

This is what I find myself offering up more and more in response to the whiners and the frowners and to those with broken or sadly dysfunctional karmic antennae – or no antennae at all – to all those who just don’t understand and maybe even actively recoil against all this chatter about Obama’s aura and feel and MLK/JFK-like vibe.

To them I say, all right, you want to know what it is? The appeal, the pull, the ethereal and magical thing that seems to enthrall millions of people from all over the world, that keeps opening up and firing into new channels of the culture normally completely unaffected by politics?

No, it’s not merely his youthful vigor, or handsomeness, or even inspiring rhetoric. It is not fresh ideas or cool charisma or the fact that a black president will be historic and revolutionary in about a thousand different ways. It is something more. Even Bill Clinton, with all his effortless, winking charm, didn’t have what Obama has, which is a sort of powerful luminosity, a unique high-vibration integrity.

Dismiss it all you like, but I’ve heard from far too many enormously smart, wise, spiritually attuned people who’ve been intuitively blown away by Obama’s presence – not speeches, not policies, but sheer presence – to say it’s just a clever marketing ploy, a slick gambit carefully orchestrated by hotshot campaign organizers who, once Obama gets into office, will suddenly turn from perky optimists to vile soul-sucking lobbyist whores, with Obama as their suddenly evil, cackling overlord.

Here’s where it gets gooey. Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment. These kinds of people actually help us evolve. They are philosophers and peacemakers of a very high order, and they speak not just to reason or emotion, but to the soul.

Then there is the the Obama Kid’s Choir from September 30, 2008:

Perhaps saddest of all:

When it came to Obama worship, even a master of satire like Klavan was challenged to keep up with the reality.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.


  1. The second video “allegedly” all happened one afternoon. They were able to paint up those banners, design & print those t-shirts, and memorize an entire song. All in one afternoon.

    These guys really take us as fools don’t they.

  2. If Obama wants to be Jesus, he mst remember this: Jesus was crucified and resurrected. Obama will probably be crucified, but I’m willing to bet he won’t rise again!

  3. Well, not in three days, at any rate.

    Didn’t Clinton also suffer some pretty bad poll numbers (maybe not this bad) but managed a comeback? True, Obama’s no Clinton, but you can never misunderestimate the gullibility of the American electorate.

  4. There was no evidence, in 2008 or earlier, of Obama’s policy genius.

    In 2011, there is ample evidence of Obama’s policy ineptitudes.

    “Admiration is the daughter of ignorance” Benjamin Franklin

  5. At this point in his presidency Clinton was polling at 48%. Not great, but better than Obama. More importantly, the economy was in the midst of a booming recovery. There is no way the economic situation will be as favorable to Obama next year as it was for Clinton.

    Here’s the Gallup poll for all presidents since Ike a year out from their re-election. Obama’s about as close to Carter as he is to Clinton.

  6. This from Andrew Malcolm at Investors.com via Instapundit.

    “Somehow, 16% of likely American voters still believe the country is doing swell.

    “Rescue teams are out looking for them right now.

    “Sixteen percent is not much of a political base for President Obama to build a 2012 reelection campaign on. In fact, the right track number is down two more points just since last week and down 16 points since last October.

    “Things could be worse. It could be 14% happy folks as it was back in August when times were so tough for millions of Americans that the president delayed his newest job creation program a month to take an island vacation.

    “The Democrat has 391 days left to convince nearly eight-out-of-ten wrong-track-believing U.S. voters that 9.1% unemployment, nearly zero economic growth and a national debt still ballooning despite all those rancorous negotiations last summer are not as bad as they seem to most sentient beings.”

  7. Check out this article by Colleen Carroll Campbell titled “Obama is alienating Catholic voters”:


    “Given the role Catholics played in Obama’s 2008 victory and their habit of picking presidential winners, you might think that an embattled president with a 40-percent approval rating would be working overtime to solidify his support among this crucial voting bloc. Instead, Obama seems intent on convincing Catholics that their faith in him was unwarranted.

    “While other voters have been disappointed by Obama’s economic failures and arrogant, ham-handed approach to everything from health care reform to the Solyndra scandal, swing-voting Catholics have special reason to feel betrayed. A candidate who won their support by pledging to respect the religiously grounded views of those with whom he disagrees has morphed into a president whose administration relentlessly attacks religious liberty.”


  8. Great article Elaine:

    “We are in a war,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a NARAL Pro-Choice America crowd in Chicago last week.

    Sebelius followed her martial rhetoric with a sarcastic swipe at pro-lifers who fail to see church-funded contraception as a cure-all for America’s astronomical abortion rates. Apparently, the secretary has not read the 2011 Guttmacher Institute report that found a majority of women who abort their babies were using contraception the month they conceived.”

    The most anti-Catholic administration in our nation’s history and, shamefully, there will be plenty of Catholics voting for Obama next year.

  9. …shamefully, there will be plenty of Catholics voting for Obama next year.

    Indeed Don. He will lose some of his Catholic voters however. Sadly, it will only be for the lesser reason of a tanked economy rather than for the numerous reasons that should have dissuaded Catholics from voting for him in the first place.

  10. Our bishops are letting the clock run out on opportunities to instruct Catholics on how to judge candidates for public office. IMO the time to do this is in the off-years; when the election season gets under way people tend to increasingly filter what they hear in to suit their partisan political interests.

  11. “Given the role Catholics played in Obama’s 2008 victory and their habit of picking presidential winners, you might think that an embattled president with a 40-percent approval rating would be working overtime to solidify his support among this crucial voting bloc.

    Catholics who cast a ballot for B.O. fall into three categories: those who do not go to Mass, those who are not paying attention, and those who are content to be used. His deal with those folks remains intact.

  12. Yet another sign of the apocalypse for Obama and Dems can be discerned in this Capitol Fax column by Illinois political blogger Rich Miller:

    “…the Democrats could easily be looking at a bloodbath next year, particularly Downstate….

    “Top legislative Democrats are saying this has been the worst candidate recruitment year they’ve seen. They had been counting on a backlash against the Republicans (a la 1995-96) to help recruit good candidates, but instead they’re encountering malaise, indifference, fear and even hostility.

    “The situation may be worse than they realize. My father went door-to-door for Obama in his U.S. Senate race. Obama used to call him “Brother Miller.”

    “Dad loved him.

    “When Obama decided to run for president, Dad attached giant, custom-made “Obama ’08” stickers to both sides of his vintage 1963 Cadillac convertible. He christened it the “Obamallac” and drove all over Iowa to advertise his guy before the 2008 caucuses.

    “I called Dad on Tuesday night and he told me he was watching the Republican presidential debate. I asked him why and he said he’s so bitterly disappointed in Obama that he is looking around for someone else to support.

    “If Obama has lost the Obamallac owner, he’s in gigantic trouble, and so is the rest of the Democratic Party.”


  13. That’s a shocker Elaine, as Rich Miller has always leaned to the Dems. He must be hearing true doom and gloom from his Dem sources. I am in a Republican county, but the apolitical people I talk to are livid about the hike in the state income tax and the unending lousiness of the economy.

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