February 12, 2008


Obamania: Curb Your Enthusiasm (Charles Marowitz, February 11, 2008, Swans)

The pro-Obama video making the rounds of the Internet at the moment is entitled "Yes We Can" attributed to "Will I Am," which I assume is some kind of inspirational nickname for those avidly supporting the candidacy of the senator from Chicago.

It is a fervent, hypnotic chant assuring its listeners that change is definitely in the offing if the right forces combine to bring it about. Obama's words are counterpointed by the incessant and hypnotic drone, "YES WE CAN" and there are shots of various celebrities from the world of entertainment individually intoning the message to those who may have any doubts that Obama can effect the social and political reversals he has so eloquently described in debates and stump speeches throughout the country.

The din of that mesmerizing chant is highly reminiscent of the kind of pro-Nazi collective mania we associate with the Nuremberg Rallies; an attempt by the National Socialist Party and its charismatic leader to sway the general populace towards the marvels the Third Reich would bring to a troubled Germany.

I don't mean to suggest there is any polemical resemblance to Barack Obama and the insane leader who conquered Europe, murdering millions of Jews...

One of the "shocking" post-Election results will be President McCain carrying the Jewish vote.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 12, 2008 11:41 AM

Ah! The content-free nature of the Obama campaign suddenly makes sense; it is not agreeable policy he offers, but freedom from thinking about policy.

It was not sheer hypocrisy when the rank-and-file Nazis declared themselves not guilty of all the enormities they had committed. They considered themselves cheated and maligned when made to shoulder responsibility for obeying orders. Had they not joined the Nazi movement in order to be free from responsibility?

    Eric Hoffer

Posted by: Mike Earl at February 12, 2008 1:30 PM

I like that the author of the article thinks "will I am" is an "inspirational" nickname. Apparently not hip enough to know the "Will I Am" is member of the group Black Eyed Peas.

Posted by: mc at February 12, 2008 1:45 PM