Now, I have nothing against the phenomenon that is Oprah. In fact, I respect and admire her for overcoming the instutional racism and gender prejudice that exists in America – and in such a spectacular manner! I think she is also a very talented actress, which she demonstrated beyond question in the movie “The Color Purple.” Given all these accomplishments, if La Winfrey recommends a book, I might even consider buying it! (In fact, some books I’ve already read and enjoyed have made it to her list.)
But ICK! Barack Obama is not a product. He is not a book, a movie or a Broadway show. He is a candidate for president, and should be evaluated on the basis of his accomplishments, not on the basis of Oprah Winfrey’s. And the thought that millions of Winfrey fans might vote for Obama simply because she says so, has a very creepy aspect of groupthink to it.
And ICK! Look who Obama chooses to promote his message on the campaign trail. The choice of an anti-gay gospel singer happy to be “cured” of his homosexuality was bad enough; but the fact that Obama picked a TeeVee personality like Oprah Winfrey to campaign with him shows me that he thinks of himself as a product, perhaps a “rock star” as he is so often called, but not as a serious candidate with serious ideas. Aren’t we the people a little over electing preening narcissists with vague “kumbaya” messages (“compassionate conservative,” anyone?) without first screening them through our internal radar?
Oh, yes, ICK! Obama is a narcissist of the first order. His whole campaign is about how wonderful HE is, not how wonderful his ideas are. His book was called “The Audacity of Hope,” for Jeebus’ sake! Every human being on the planet hopes for something, but because the Great Obama, Uniter of Us All, does something absolutely unremarkable, it’s now “audacious.” Could he love himself any more? (And incidentally, could Oprah love herself any more?)
I have read from many different sources that people elect their national leaders based on feelings and instincts, and not on the issues. Well, my gut went ICK! as soon as I saw George W. Bush and his lunatic thousand-yard-stare, and it goes ICK! everytime I see Barack Obama. I hope that America doesn’t fall for Obama’s con game, because everything he does and says proves he is not ready to be President in 2008.