"“When you listen to Barack Obama, when you really hear him, you witness a very rare thing,” she said in Des Moines. “You witness a politician who has an ear for eloquence and a tongue dipped in the unvarnished truth.”
Winfrey, the television talk show host from Obama’s hometown of Chicago, stood at a podium on a small riser, with the crowd around her on all sides. Obama’s staff said 18,500 people were present, which would make it the largest Iowa event held for a single candidate this year.
In an afternoon rich with religious allusions, Winfrey began by saying she’s nervous in her new role as a political advocate.
“It feels like I’m out of my pew, I’m out of my terrain,” she said." Quad Cuty Times
Oprah says he is "the one." The one what? The messiah, the mahdi, the tin man, the "leader?" What is this, "the Matrix?" Readers here know how uneasy this kind of talk makes me. We don’t need "men of destiny" for the constitutional job of running the Executive Branch of the federal government and supervising the process of seeing that federal law is enforced. Contrary to the opinion of the Jacobin neocons and numerous other nationalist "hard cases," the presidency of the United States is a limited job with limited power.
Anyone who thinks that the president of the US is a CEO who runs America like a business enterprise and in who is in charge of all policy greatly over-estimates the power of the office and its ability to control history. Several inhabitants of that office have learned to their sorrow that they are not elected kings. GWB just learned it again when a group of relatively "little" people in the intelligence establishment gutted his Iran plans by defying him. Now his flunkies and allies are going to see if they can turn the gutting knife around and use it on the defiant. They should take care. They may end up like the white-tails I used to hang in trees in Maine. They turned slowly in the wind until you took them down.
Senator Obama was once a law professor. He should re-read a few things and contemplate the limits of American toleration of those who wish to make radical changes to the way we live. pl