13 comments on “The Golden Age of Obama

  1. Obama Coney Island?! Whoa. This is a little extreme, no doubt. But anywhere where money stands to be made, you can count on somebody selling something. The restaurant thing is a little strange, but not unexpected.

    In the end, I find a bit of solace in knowing that this country – with its shameful past – is to the point where its accepting a leader like Obama. MLK, Malcolm X, Huey Long, Stokely Carmichael, etc. were rejected in their time because of their radical views; views white America could not or would not accept. But Obama is the unifier of all unifiers. It’s cool to see him viewed as an “icon.”

  2. Andre, I think it’s just that the public is getting over eight years of ICan’tBelieveThisClownIsOurPresident-itis. Had Hillary Clinton been elected president, the same celebrity (or “iconic”) status would’ve been attached. In a while, the mayhem will end and the crowds will part. Really. They will.

  3. Sad to say, but Black America is still in the position where it yearns for “leadership.” In addition to monolithically following Democrats, black Americans flocked to Obama because of his standing as legitimate black candidate running for POTUS. Even though I made it a point to learn all I could about President-Elect Obama, I doubt that many of the teary, jovial, Obama supporters hugging each other in the streets really did their homework. He wasn’t a Republican. He was black. He actually stood a chance of winning. Say no more.

    Now, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that McCain supporters were the same way. They held on to ignorant and blind idelogies all throughout the campaign as well. They were equally as discrimnative in their collective support for McCain/opposition to Obama.

    To the point of this post, I can’t cast blame on people looking to make a buck. With the economy the way is it, right now is as good of a time as any to make some money. It’s a little troubling to think that we (black people) are iconizing Obama without actually taking the time to be more critical of him. But I suppose people are so tired of the mess old, white Presidents have created over the years, somebody who falls outside of that is most welcomed.

  4. “But I suppose people are so tired of the mess old, white Presidents have created over the years, somebody who falls outside of that is most welcomed.”

    If your contention is that race was the reason Obama won, you’d be wrong. While black support for Obama was upward of 90%, blacks themselves were only about 10% of the electorate. Whites also voted for Obama because they believe in him. This issue isn’t as much about blacks making Obama a “golden calf”. We all wanted to try him out…much more than we wanted to try out a McCain administration.

  5. i think the really tough question is this: what constitutes a successful term? with all the expectations, what percentage of it would hafta work out for it to be considered successful? especially when his election means the steep investment of certain parties. i.e., if gay activists are this upset about who he’s picking to do the invocation, then what would he have to do for them to think his term is a success? and so on, and so on.

  6. A fair comparison would’ve been to show clips of ignorant McCain supporters. You picked a video with some of the passionate but clearly misguided and uninformed Obama supporters and use THAT as an indication that Obama is an icon? Give me a break!

  7. Andre, it seems like two different things are going on here, yet you’ve somehow tried to interconnect them. Commerically benefitting from Obama’s is one thing. That’s fine. as it was said earlier, with the economy in its current state, you can’t fault the entreprenurial spirit of some people. But assigning Obama as an icon is another matter altogether. The tone of the conversation should change when addressing the two issues since they are completely different.

  8. Hey Dre, I agree with your main point: Blacks need to stop making Obama our “Jesus” for lack of a better term. Yes, history has been made but the man is human and HE WILL MAKE MISTAKES!!! How great will the Obama coney island or the Obama gas station in Detroit (yes, Detroit again) be if Obama totally “f’s” up the world? (exaggeration but you feel me) Also, talk about PRESSURE!!! The man is already the first Black POTUS and now were naming stuff (and children) after him? sheesh! let the man be! He’s NOT the savior…. Please stop making him a god
    *this message written by an Obama supporter*

  9. I wish I could say I had the answer to this puzzling situation. Given the historic nature of Obama’s campaign, you certainly want to relish. But you also don’t want to get so caught in the hype that the blinders come on. Getting too wound up removes the possibility for the public to participate in open and honest criticism; criticism which by the way, allows Obama the opportunity for growth. People will either possess biased support or biased opposition for Obama. This is the problem with two-party politics. It teaches us to love one and hate the other.

  10. @ Kenya: “It’s cool to see him viewed as an “icon.”

    It’s cool as long as that’s not all he’s seen as. That’s my point. Celebrating his win is one thing. Turning him into a god is another.

    @ Greg: “Had Hillary Clinton been elected president, the same celebrity (or “iconic”) status would’ve been attached.

    I’m not so sure, Greg. I think Hill’s status as a multi-millionaire, former first lady would not have been as well received as an “icon”, despite making history in her own right. If she was running and not Barack, she would’ve still wiped the mat with McCain; but not necessarily because she broke away from the status quo.

    @ “In addition to monolithically following Democrats, black Americans flocked to Obama because of his standing as legitimate black candidate running for POTUS.

    “Legitimate” being the operative word here. If Jesse Jackson had a real shot in 1988 or Al Sharpton could’ve pulled it off in 2004, I think they would’ve gotten the same royal treatment. Unfortunately for them, the rest of the country weren’t feeling them as much as they were Obama.

    @ Avery: “i think the really tough question is this: what constitutes a successful term?

    I think success in three specific areas will make Obama’s time in office a victory for the country: devising solutions for the economy, the energy crisis, and Iraq. The first two can be done in concert if the implementation of “green” manufacturing can also lead to new jobs (automobiles, infrastructure, technology, etc.). The war in Iraq is already speculated to be on its last legs (though I’m not counting my chickens just yet). We see a turnaround in any of those areas, I think we see a successful Obama presidency. For me, the question is: if none of these are accomplished – or, for that matter, other issues of importance are not resolved, will we still see Obama as an icon?

    @ Anon: The point of this clip was to show the blind love for Obama. If you want to see examples of blind support for McCain, check in the other 325 posts on this blog.

    @ Saved: “Andre, it seems like two different things are going on here, yet you’ve somehow tried to interconnect them.

    I don’t think I am. If Obama screws up (however we define “screwing up”) will he be as commodified and worshipped? Perhaps the better question is: can we get over our high from drinking the Kool-Aid so we can actually discern/be critical of him when he screws up? It is a lot easier to put on a less-than-stellar performance when your audience supports you unconditionally. Ask the Dallas Cowboys.

    @ Jos: “Also, talk about PRESSURE!!! The man is already the first Black POTUS and now were naming stuff (and children) after him? sheesh! let the man be! He’s NOT the savior…. Please stop making him a god

    No argument there. It’s a bit unnerving to see Obama become “Mr. Untouchable” and the dude hasn’t even taken off yet. The awards, accolades, restaurants, gas stations (sigh! Detroit…), etc. should be reserved for AFTER we get to see him in action.

    @ Megan: “This is the problem with two-party politics. It teaches us to love one and hate the other.

    Great point. Brilliantly put.

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