Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Obama the Great

The inauguration coronation of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States is done. While I can appreciate the significance and history of this moment, it seems that people need to be reminded that Obama is still mortal. Heck! Obama probably needs to be reminded that he is mortal.

Is it just me or has everyone come to believe that this man is omniscient, omnipotent, and every other omni-* you can think of? Every ill in the country world long history of human existence seems to have an Obama solution. I mean, how could you not get behind a man who will be able to definitively determine the champion of Division I College Football?

I think the history of his presidency is already in rough draft form and he will be considered one of the top four. He will be considered a great president because of his rhetoric, his ability to inspire people, and his “courage” to propose bold initiatives. If need be, the actual effects of his policies can be rationalized later by the court intellectuals.

It could be said that there is no way for Obama to rise to these high expectations, and that he is being set up for a big let down. I don't think, however, that the kind of mass orgasm we have seen over the past several months will be tempered by anything that will occur over the next few years. Like the gods of religion who continue to exist even in the face of the science that makes them irrelevant, the cult of Obama will outweigh any rational argument.

For how could any problem be the fault of Obama when he has staffed his administration with the brightest among us? Wise technocrats will be creating policy and the “right” people will now be in charge. Any difficulties we may face will inevitably be the result of some deficiency in ourselves.

Maybe I'm just too cynical. If so, Obama should be able to fix that as well.

Some other musings:
Alternate titles for this post: Omni-bama, The Great and Powerful Oz-bama, Oh, bama!

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