Obama Calms Turbulent Iowans!
The Obama Messiah Watch, Part 8.
Is Barack Obama the Everlasting Father? To answer this question, Slate has periodically gathered gratuitously adoring biographical details from newspaper, television, and magazine profiles of the U.S. senator from Illinois, best-selling author, Harvard Law Review president, Men's Vogue cover model, Grammy winner, possible telepathic communicator with space aliens from distant galaxies, improvement on all civil rights gains since 1957, and declared presidential candidate.
Paul Tewes, Obama's Iowa coordinator, marveled, "It is something I've never seen before in politics. After people hear him speak, they say that they feel at peace." That phrase—"feel at peace"—has also never been used before by a veteran campaign staffer since I covered my first Iowa caucus in 1980.
Does Tewes' unusual choice of words demonstrate that Obama is the Prince of Peace? Just asking.
We next move on to Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., as quoted by Janny Scott in the Sept. 9 New York Times:
Mr. Rush has an explanation for Mr. Obama's emergence after the dark days of 2000 as a political star four years later. He vanquished a field of multimillionaires, some more experienced and better known, and benefited from fortuitous domestic scandals that sidelined two opponents and left him facing a Republican [Alan Keyes, who was] widely seen as unable to win.
"I would characterize the Senate race as being a race where Obama was, let's say, blessed and highly favored," Mr. Rush said, chuckling. "That's not routine.
There's something else going on."
What was he suggesting?
"I think that Obama, his election to the Senate, was divinely ordered," Mr. Rush said, all other explanations failing. "I'm a preacher and a pastor; I know that that was God's plan. Obama has certain qualities that—I think he is being used for some purpose. I really believe that."
Keyes himself, it's only fair to note, stated during the campaign that "Christ would not vote for Barack Obama, because Barack Obama has voted to behave in a way that it is inconceivable for Christ to have behaved." This represents, however, a minority view among Christian theologians and political reporters.
Obama Messiah Watch archive:
Jan. 29: Took very few notes in class!
Feb. 5: Mastered laws governing universe!
Feb. 7: Shares ancestor with George Washington!
Feb. 9: Dug jazz when he was still a middle-schooler!
Feb. 13: Communicates (possibly) with space aliens!
Feb. 14: Better than civil rights!
April 4: Accept no substitutes.
Timothy Noah is a former Slate staffer. His book about income inequality is The Great Divergence.
Photograph of Barack Obama by Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images.