The cult of personality continues

posted at 9:05 am on November 10, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

We’ve had Vero Possumus and the Barackopolis in the run-up to Barack Obama’s election.  Now we have people attempting to get a national holiday for Obama before he has even taken the oath of office.  Every Tuesday between now and the inauguration, a Topeka McDonald’s will host two rallies to demand an Obamoliday:

Plans are being made to promote a national holiday for Barack Obama, who will become the nation’s 44th president when he takes the oath of office Jan. 20.

“Yes We Can” planning rallies will be at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the downtown McDonald’s restaurant, 1100 Kansas Ave., until Jan. 13. The goals are to secure a national holiday in Obama’s honor, to organize celebrations around his inauguration and to celebrate the 200th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln, who was born on Feb. 12 1809.

At 7:30 a.m. on Inauguration Day, Obama Cake will be served at the downtown McDonald’s, and a celebration is scheduled for 8 p.m. to midnight Jan. 20 at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 S.E. 6th.

First, we have a national holiday to honor our presidents.  It’s called — President’s Day.  One can see how this might confuse the national supporters of Hope and Change, but perhaps we can try to rename it into something easier for them to understand.

In our history, we have had only one national holiday for a specific president.  The birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln later got combined into Presidents Day, but only Washington’s Birthday was ever a federal holiday.  Washington’s Birthday was established as a national holiday in 1880, 83 years after Washington left office and 81 years after his death.  Lincoln’s birthday was celebrated by a number of states as a holiday, but never officially received recognition as such.  Congress specifically honored Lincoln in renaming Washington’s Birthday into President’s Day in 1971.

Think about the presidents that haven’t received this honor.  Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and purchased the Louisiana Territory, starting the march to the Pacific.  Theodore Roosevelt made America a global power for the first time in our history.  Franklin Roosevelt defeated the Nazis and the Japanese Empire.  Ronald Reagan defeated the Soviet Union.  All of these men have their honor in Presidents Day.

And now the Cult of Obama wants a specific day to honor the object of their adoration, and for what?  Getting elected?  Isn’t that the soft bigotry of low expectations?

Jazz Shaw and Michelle have more thoughts on this.


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This is so nationalistic it’s frightening. Did any of you ever see, “The Triumph of the Will”? I’m not comparing Obama to Hitler in terms of policy, but whenever a country is this enamored of its leader to this extent, we all should be frightened. We already have happy propagandists, (useful idiots) at MSNBC – people willing to hide the truth for him.

foxforce91 on November 10, 2008 at 3:41 PM

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I really don’t think the comparison to Hitler is at all appropriate here.
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The Roman emperors and Egyptian pharaohs who were worshipped as gods might be a closer analogy here.
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So, Obama as Hitler is out. Obama as Caligula is in.

malclave on November 10, 2008 at 5:09 PM

So, Obama as Hitler is out. Obama as Caligula is in.

How about Obama as the creepy army dude turned jungle king in Apocalypse Now…

Wyznowski on November 10, 2008 at 5:14 PM

Obamapotheosis.

whitetop on November 10, 2008 at 5:26 PM

PS, you gun owners in NC that voted for Kay Hagen…

SUCKERS!!!

hawkdriver on November 10, 2008 at 9:18 AM

That’s exactly what I said…

uncivilized on November 10, 2008 at 5:30 PM

I just sent an e-mail complaint to Mikky D’s corporate HQ telling them if this is allowed to proceed, I will no longer dine at their stores. I was polite and pointed out as Ed said, we already have a President’s Day.

Big John on November 10, 2008 at 5:37 PM

This is so absurd. What are we supposed to do on this socalled holiday? Offer up livestock? Our firstborn?

These people seriously creep me out.

Terrye on November 10, 2008 at 5:41 PM

There are lots of rumors out there about plans for Executive Orders from President-Elect Obama. What does he have planned for us? He never talked about Executive Orders during his campaign–wonder why not?

Marketing executives call it “bait and switch”.

uncivilized on November 10, 2008 at 5:45 PM

What if he did talk about it? None of it would be valid two days later anyway. I have no idea what this dude is gonna do any more.

johnnyU on November 10, 2008 at 5:47 PM

This just gets more scary each and every day.

Like Terrye said, “These people seriously creep me out”

northwoodsgal on November 10, 2008 at 5:50 PM

I do not wish the man ill…my disagreements with him stop at matters of policy, tradition and simple common sense…but he’s not exactly rushing to quash these worshipful excesses, n’cest pas?

Puritan1648 on November 10, 2008 at 3:36 PM

Yup…a man with any sort of humility would shut this down ASAP.

uncivilized on November 10, 2008 at 5:53 PM

And now the Cult of Obama wants a specific day to honor the object of their adoration, and for what?

For the economy…………….. stupid!

The Cause of the 2008 Financial Crisis

Seven Percent Solution on November 10, 2008 at 5:55 PM

February 29th is nice.

profitsbeard on November 10, 2008 at 6:05 PM

The common trait of all socialist leaders is megalomania. Obama will not shut it down because he knows it is the basis of his power over the sheeple. He knows he deserves the fawning labels that his cult followers bestow on him.

csdeven on November 10, 2008 at 6:08 PM

Obama is like David Koresh, except without all the child molestation…

…as far as we know.

fusionaddict on November 10, 2008 at 6:09 PM

I think he picked McD’s Golden Arches, because there is no restaurant with a Golden Aura…

right2bright on November 10, 2008 at 6:28 PM

Off subject

Mark Lavin is on talking about Newt & Steel for head of RNC

driver on November 10, 2008 at 6:33 PM

Do you mean to say that this celebration won’t be held at Whole Foods? Picture it: Obama with a crown of arugula like those of laurel leaves worn by the Greeks. Quick, someone salvage those columns.

onlineanalyst on November 10, 2008 at 7:11 PM

Don’t you have to be dead before you get the national holidays, memorials, etc.?

fgh on November 10, 2008 at 7:14 PM

Hay A$$ wipe I’m one of those CAT people!

driver on November 10, 2008 at 4:45 PM

That’s something to be proud of.

Congrats.

PBoilermaker on November 10, 2008 at 7:27 PM

The cult of personality continues The Obama bashing continues.

Is it silly to propose a national holiday honoring Obama? Yes.

But more to the point, is it silly to try and paint Obama as a “cult of personality” when 56% of the American people just selected him as president in one the nation’s most historic elections? Double yes.

People are inspired by Obama. He’s very popular. The VAST majority of people who support him do so in the promise that he’ll make a great president. And because he’s a man who can help transform people’s view the country because he has shown that a black man can be president. Also, because he’s guy who people think can bring this country together.

If you want to cherry pick small pockets of people’s silly actions to try and portray 56% of the country as foolish cult-worshipers… go right ahead.

But reality will pass you by. You can spend your time sniping, or spend your time looking back on your failed strategy of attacking every little thing Obama does (hello Roman columns!). The choice is yours.

Tom_Shipley on November 10, 2008 at 9:55 AM

hmmmmmmm “selected”??? as in “selected not elected”???

mrfixit on November 10, 2008 at 7:34 PM

Tom Shipley stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

That’s why he’s so smart.

PBoilermaker on November 10, 2008 at 7:39 PM

The cult of personality continues

Puhleeze! Gimme a break.

The funny thing is that I did not detect much elation amongst the patrons of Trader Joe’s, a well-known haunt of the politically correct set in my town, when I popped in to pick up milk today. And, Palm Springs, was not very “gay” this weekend. I guess they were all off to storm Mormon temples or something.

Where’s the elation? I expected balloon animals and confetti everywhere. Kind of a bummer, really.

Y-not on November 10, 2008 at 7:46 PM

PBoilermaker on November 10, 2008 at 7:39 PM

Are you at Purdue now? I left there a couple of years ago.

Y-not on November 10, 2008 at 7:46 PM

There are lots of rumors out there about plans for Executive Orders from President-Elect Obama. What does he have planned for us? He never talked about Executive Orders during his campaign–wonder why not?
Marketing executives call it “bait and switch”.

uncivilized on November 10, 2008 at 5:45 PM

Hello,it’s well within the President’s right to sign executive orders,just how many EO’s did Bush sign in 8yrs? I bet we’ll never know the real amount.

This is so nationalistic it’s frightening. Did any of you ever see, “The Triumph of the Will”? I’m not comparing Obama to Hitler in terms of policy, but whenever a country is this enamored of its leader to this extent, we all should be frightened. We already have happy propagandists, (useful idiots) at MSNBC – people willing to hide the truth for him.

foxforce91 on November 10, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Now onto this idiot comment,you people have very short memories. Remember when Bush stood in front of the church in New Orleans with all that light on it(while the rest of the city was in total darkness)he tried to look like Michael the Arkangel from the Bible.

and let’s not forget the bill the GOP-lead congress tried to pass with the Freedom Fries remember? We’ve never had “Free Speech Zones” before Bush came into office(as illegal as it was)

And if anyone can be compared to Hitler it’s “your president”,using fear,smear and the barrel of a gun to spread his view as how the world should be

DcMike2K on November 10, 2008 at 7:47 PM

Why will not The Messiah’s kids be going to DC public schools? They are Democrat and teacher union run so they must be stellar? Will someone please explain this to me (and, why aren’t the teacher’s unions complaining)?

Dingbat63 on November 10, 2008 at 7:51 PM

DcMike2K did NOT stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

PBoilermaker on November 10, 2008 at 7:52 PM

Are you at Purdue now? I left there a couple of years ago.

Y-not on November 10, 2008 at 7:46 PM

’00 grad myself, living in TN after being stationed in various other locales.

PBoilermaker on November 10, 2008 at 7:53 PM

It’s not that I wish Obama bad; I don’t want anything bad to happen to him.

But I don’t want his tenure as President to be termed ‘successful’; if it is, then he’ll be re-elected and I KNOW his policies are bad for America overall. Therefore I don’t want him to succeed in that sense, but I don’t want America to suffer while he fails.

A bunch of stupid gaffes and a lot of ego will go towards deflating people’s image of him. Changing his mind on policy will hurt too; I don’t want America plunged into a horrible depression in order for the lemmings to realise that they made a mistake and have been ‘had’.

As for the Hitler comparison I think it’s accurate to a point. No one is saying Obama is Hitler, about to exterminate the Jews, (or the GOP) but the cult of personality that has developed around him, the blindness with which people follow him and heap adoration on him is reminiscent of Hitler. Think about the most recently best beloved President, Reagan; did people faint and swoon and fall in love with him? Obama’s campaign is more akin to the British Invasion of the 60’s than that of a Presidential candidate and the only politician in recent history who has held people in such a thrall is Hitler.

What he does with that blind loyalty is another matter.

linlithgow on November 10, 2008 at 7:59 PM

Okay The supporters of Obama are starting to lose it.

This idea on so many levels seemed crazy.

Would they have done this for Jimmy Carter? After 4 years would anyone have wanted a national day for him? Why not Bill Clinton and why Barack Obama. Have rainbows sprung from his head yet?

The left need to stay sane please.

Gracelynn on November 10, 2008 at 7:59 PM

That’s something to be proud of.

Congrats.

PBoilermaker on November 10, 2008 at 7:27 PM

Yea we are proud of it got 6 of them & 3 dogs

driver on November 10, 2008 at 8:05 PM

Why will not The Messiah’s kids be going to DC public schools? They are Democrat and teacher union run so they must be stellar? Will someone please explain this to me (and, why aren’t the teacher’s unions complaining)?

Dingbat63 on November 10, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Guess what? The Obama kids didn’t go to public schools in Chicago so if they can afford to send them to a private school,then more power to them. Did the Bush twins go to DC public schools back in 2000? I’m not sure how old they were but even if they were old enough it would me nothing to me.

But your not saying that because your black and you live in DC,you have to go to DC public schools right?

DcMike2K on November 10, 2008 at 8:05 PM

Yea we are proud of it got 6 of them & 3 dogs

driver on November 10, 2008 at 8:05 PM

That’s super. Do I get a cat-themed card from you this Christmas?

PBoilermaker on November 10, 2008 at 8:08 PM

“The left need to stay sane please.”

That horse done left the barn.

Alana on November 10, 2008 at 8:10 PM

But your not saying that because your black and you live in DC,you have to go to DC public schools right?

DcMike2K on November 10, 2008 at 8:05 PM

you’re.

You’re welcome.

PBoilermaker on November 10, 2008 at 8:11 PM

PBoilermaker on November 10, 2008 at 8:08 PM

He!! NO does not sounds like you don’t appreciate pets

driver on November 10, 2008 at 8:13 PM

He!! NO does not sounds like you don’t appreciate pets

driver on November 10, 2008 at 8:13 PM

I don’t appreciate crazy cat people and Obama supporters.

I have nothing against pets.

I was hoping to get one of those “cat as one of Santa’s elves wishing you a meoowwy Christmas” cards from you. Oh well.

PBoilermaker on November 10, 2008 at 8:17 PM

PBoilermaker on November 10, 2008 at 8:17 PM

Not a Obama supporter I voted for Gov Palen

driver on November 10, 2008 at 8:20 PM

So, Obama as Hitler is out. Obama as Caligula is in.
How about Obama as the creepy army dude turned jungle king in Apocalypse Now…

Wyznowski on November 10, 2008 at 5:14 PM

Kurtz

Disturb the Universe on November 10, 2008 at 8:27 PM

PBoilermaker on November 10, 2008 at 8:17 PM
Not a Obama supporter I voted for Gov Palen

Wrong,you voted for John McCain for President,not Palin.It’s funny how the right wing is trying to convince itself that it was really Sara Palin running for President and not John McCain,either way they still lost

DcMike2K on November 10, 2008 at 8:35 PM

DcMike2K on November 10, 2008 at 8:35 PM

It’s past your bedtime.

PBoilermaker on November 10, 2008 at 8:43 PM

I simply asked a question. Dems are supposedly the savior of education. They also love the teacher’s union. They hate vouchers. Therefore, it would follow that the DC schools must be superb. So, why isn’t The Messiah sending his kids to DC schools? Tis a simple question and one that has nothing to do with President Bush. The Messiah is coming to DC on a “Change” agenda so it would seem this could be a big “change”…to not do so could be interpreted as a being hypocritical. And, I suspect, Chicago schools are also Dem/Union run.

Dingbat63 on November 10, 2008 at 8:59 PM

It is interesting that those, who wish to have a national holiday declared for Obama and Lincoln, when the former wanted to send all slaves to colonize Liberia. Lincoln was more concerned about retaining the Republic than ending slavery.

I would say that “a little education is a dangerous thing”, but I will refrain from granting those, who want to protest at McDONALDS(they couldn’t find a better venue?) for this inane idea, even the compliment of being “educated”, at all. Perhaps, the new saying should be “ignorance is a VERY dangerous thing.” And, it seems to be prevalent and pervasive.

Can I have some fries with that Obamacake?

obamajihad on November 10, 2008 at 9:27 PM

Forget the day off, let’s just give them reparations… in the form of a one-way ticket to the African country of their choice.

obamajihad on November 10, 2008 at 9:32 PM

DcMike2K on November 10, 2008 at 8:35 PM

Please recall that Bush was in favor of vouchers, so that anyone who wanted to send their kids to a private school would have the means to do so.

Goody2Shoes on November 10, 2008 at 9:34 PM

I sincerly think that in 4 years a majority of our Lord Obamas supporters will be so disallusioned they will never vote again. Atleast I hope thats the case.

Irvin88 on November 10, 2008 at 10:38 PM

And if anyone can be compared to Hitler it’s “your president”,using fear,smear and the barrel of a gun to spread his view as how the world should be

DcMike2K on November 10, 2008 at 7:47 PM

My President led the country from 1980 through 1987. They’ve all pretty much sucked since then. I’ve got a hunch this One’s gonna suck really bad.

mr.blacksheep on November 10, 2008 at 10:44 PM

This is so absurd. What are we supposed to do on this socalled holiday? Offer up livestock? Our firstborn?

Yeah, but when you offer up your firstborn to Barack it has to be alive. Barack then will make sure the sacrifice is done in a utility closet, letting the child suffocate by itself in the dark.

He’ll accept livestock as long as it isn’t swine.

Ampleforth on November 10, 2008 at 10:49 PM

I’d support O’Bama day if the flags flew at half mast.

mr.blacksheep on November 10, 2008 at 11:07 PM

According to this link, Obama spokeswoman Valerie Jarett says that Obama will be “ready to rule from day one”.

RULE??? A President is not supposed to “rule” like a king or dictator, but GOVERN with the consent of the governed and Congress.

Shit! This is what scares me about this man and his so called followers. Very scary. They have a certain look in their eyes. And they act like they been on some type of drugs. But, RULE? Not a settling word.
Was interesting article. News Busters is just hilarious!

sheebe on November 10, 2008 at 11:52 PM

Everybody sing!

O– bama… he’s our llama,
Had a mama white as snow.
O- bama… caused a trauma
When he beat The Man, you know.

O- bama, likes the wealth
Spread around like peanut butters.
O- bama, he’s the Stealth
Candidate of all the nutters.

Oh, Yes he can,
And we can, too!
Join the Movement
Okeedoo!

profitsbeard on November 11, 2008 at 12:43 AM

Wrong,you voted for John McCain for President,not Palin.It’s funny how the right wing is trying to convince itself that it was really Sara Palin running for President and not John McCain,either way they still lost

DcMike2K on November 10, 2008 at 8:35 PM

One reason for that is that the left wing is so scared shitless of Sarah Palin that they were convinced she was the top of the ticket.

ddrintn on November 11, 2008 at 1:08 AM

…and carried (carries) out the Godzilla-like nuke attacks accordingly.

ddrintn on November 11, 2008 at 1:10 AM

From the book of Job:
“16 “With Him are strength and sound wisdom,
The misled and the misleader belong to Him.”

“23 “He makes the nations great, then destroys them;
He enlarges the nations, then leads them away.
24 “He deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth’s people
And makes them wander in a pathless waste.
25 “They grope in darkness with no light,
And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.”
Job 12:16,23-25
God is Sovereign. Mighty cool.

Doug on November 11, 2008 at 1:16 AM

When the Jews return to Zion. And a comet rips the sky. And the Holy Roman Empire rises, then you and I must die. From the eternal sea he rises, creating armies on either shore, turning man against his brother ‘Til man exists no more.
The Omen

gordo on November 11, 2008 at 9:48 AM

I leave this country if this EVER happens….

SDarchitect on November 11, 2008 at 4:42 PM