Obama’s superstitious, too

Obama’s superstitious, too

Obama’s superstitious, too

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June 12 2008 10:00 AM

Obama’s superstitious, too

Oh, great.

I railed pretty hard against McCain's bizarre behavior when it comes to superstition. Rightly so, I'll add.

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But now I find out that Obama has a good luck piece or two as well. The story, such as it is, comes from a picture via Time magazine. It shows what are ostensibly Obama's hands holding various trinkets. The caption reads:

Amongst the things that Barack Obama carries for good luck are a bracelet belonging to a soldier deployed in Iraq, a gambler’s lucky chit, a tiny monkey god and a tiny Madonna and child.

I haven't heard anything more than that, so it's hard to draw conclusions. These may not be good luck charms so much as reminders, things to keep him focused on the task at hand. Or he might be a complete lunatic... though honestly, when it comes to goofy rituals of superstition, McCain is way ahead.

Interestingly, Time only shows McCain with a single penny in his hand, which is pretty unfair, given the large number of talismans he carries around.

Is this yet another example of the MSM being unfair; treating McCain with kid gloves? I doubt it, but criminy enough examples of this abound. It'll be interesting if and when the media decide that maybe McCain has some laundry that needs airing out. Maybe a few dozen hampers full.

Until then, I'll keep my ears open about Obama's superstitions as well. It won't influence the election at all, but it's interesting.

Tip o' the lucky feather to Hemant at Friendly Atheist.