Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Arthurian, Not Messianic

Rod Dreher weighs in on the Greek Temple Fiasco:

Is Team Obama crazy? Or do they have a Republican mole on the senior staff? I ask because they're going to have the Lightworker giving his acceptance speech in a football stadium, surrounded by Greek temple columns. Shazam! Straight from Olympus to bring word from on high to us mere mortals! Man, if I were making McCain's commercials, I would thank Zeus for this gift.

See, Obama supporters, this is why Republicans have so much to work with, making fun of his messianic image. The meme doesn't come from nowhere. Karl Rove isn't making these decisions, you know.

According to the article in the second link, though, Obama's motivations here may be more Arthurian than Messianic:

Politicians in past elections have typically spoken from the convention site itself, but the Obama campaign liked the idea of having their man speak to a larger, stadium-sized crowd not far from where the Democratic National Convention is being held, at the Denver pro basketball arena.

Obama was taking a page from the campaign book of John Kennedy in 1960 when the future president delivered his acceptance speech to 80,000 people in the Los Angeles Coliseum.

Once Obama speaks, confetti will rain down on him and fireworks will be fired off from locations around the stadium wall.

Hmm. John F. Kennedy, miniature Greek temple--wait. Is Obama going to have another shot at copying Kennedy's appearance at the Brandenburg Gate? After all, Michelle has been dressing like Jackie O. for some time now, and some have already made the connection.

I think that Barack Obama really wants a new Camelot, not a New Jerusalem. While his supporters--and critics--have focused on the messianic images and messages from his campaign, I suspect that his real mission has always been to be the second coming of JFK.

Let's see how many of the key phrases from this speech end up in Obama's acceptance speech. I'm betting we'll at least hear something that sounds an awful lot like this:

Today our concern must be with that future. For the world is changing. The old era is ending. The old ways will not do. [...]

It is time, in short -- It is time, in short for a new generation of leadership. All over the world, particularly in the newer nations, young men are coming to power, men who are not bound by the traditions of the past, men who are not blinded by the old fears and hates and rivalries-- young men who can cast off the old slogans and the old delusions. [...]

The New Frontier is here whether we seek it or not.

Beyond that frontier are uncharted areas of science and space, unsolved problems of peace and war, unconquered problems of ignorance and prejudice, unanswered questions of poverty and surplus. It would be easier to shrink from that new frontier, to look to the safe mediocrity of the past, to be lulled by good intentions and high rhetoric -- and those who prefer that course should not vote for me or the Democratic Party...
It might be a good idea to have a few Kennedy speeches in front of you while Obama is giving his acceptance speech. I have a feeling that everything he's going to say is a variation of something our parents or grandparents heard forty-eight years ago.

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