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An Obama Epiphany?

Blogger neo-neocon comments on what could be the most frighteningly messianic Barack Obama quote yet. During a speech at Darmouth College in January, Obama said:

My job this morning is to be so persuasive…that a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany, and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Barack.

What’s most alarming is that I can easily imagine audience members convulsing and dropping to the floor as they hear this. Neo-neocon offers the following analysis:

I can only assume—I can only hope—(and would it be inappropriate to say I can only pray?) that this sentence was delivered in a tone of gentle mockery, showing that he’s able to poke fun at himself, his hype, and those who seem to think he just might be the Second Coming.

Trouble is, I can’t find anyone describing him as speaking in that sort of tone. And if this line was delivered straight, in all seriousness—then be afraid. Be very afraid.

But why the either/or? Why not both/and? Maybe he strategically floated the line with a neutral tone in the hope that those predisposed to an Obama epiphany would be so affected, and those impervious would assume he was joking. In fact, such an approach might work very well from here on out. How better to build on his hysterical support base while deflecting charges of egomania.



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