Over the weekend Lee at Digital Nicotine saw the Barack Obama “yes we can” video and it reminded him of Living Colour’s Cult of Personality. As Lee says, “Not so Much the Visuals, But Pay Attention to the Lyrics.”
In 2008 there are two candidates with groupies. One is Ron Paul whose legions include Nearly Naked Hotties. The other is Barack Obama. The difference (other than viability) is that Paul speaks in specifics while Obama simply speaks well. Hillary Clinton is correct about her Democratic opponent when she complains that all he does is give speeches, but he is so good at it that it’s not hard to imagine Obama reading the phone book and still attracting followers. He is entirely devoid of substance. However his strength, as Lee notes, is that he is a “Cult of Personality”.
Watch the video and see if you agree.
One of Lee’s commenters summed it up pretty well:
The more I watch Obama, the less I know about him.
A commenter below says that if he had any computer savvy he would do this:
Now, THAT is begging to be a music video: clips from Obama’s speeches to the tune of “Cult of Personality.”
Anyone want to take that on? It sure beats that other Obama music video.
Sean Braisted takes issue with my assertion that Obama is “entirely devoid of substance” by pointing out that I once excoriated the Illinois Senator for his figurative attack on Pakistan advocating a real attack in Pakistan. I had momentarily forgotten about that policy pronouncement that we should invade our allies while we surrender to our enemies. I think that’s exactly what Obama is going for: the Hope that others have forgotten about it too.