Concerns that Obama is the antichrist

John McCain has a TV ad out suggesting Obama has a messianic complex. Steve Waldman takes a look and concludes,

My guess is that the McCain camp viewed the ad as a three-fer: some viewers would view it as a playful poke at Sen. Obama’s ego, showing Sen. McCain to have a sense of humor and Sen. Obama to be too full of himself. Other, more religious voters, would be downright offended by Obama’s Messianic complex, since, antichrist aside, it’s offensive for anyone to think he’s God-like. And still other voters would view it as validation or reinforcement of the messages they’ve heard elsewhere that Obama is the antichrist.

Among other things, the ad plays on Obama’s popularity with Europeans, and may play on the fears of world government in some corners of American society. Yet, while Obama is popular with Europeans, in an op-ed Susan Neiman has observed:

With gestures that ranged from a wink to a sneer, most anyone you met here [Berlin] this week volunteered the view that Barack Obama’s visit to Europe caused unprecedented frenzy. But it’s been hard for me to find a European, aside from two Harvard-educated friends in Paris, who confessed to excitement — not just about the visit, but the prospect of an Obama presidency.

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3 Comments
  1. And now Cokie Roberts is on his case about vacationing in Hawai’i here. Of course she knows its a state but he should go to Myrtle Beach like the everyone else – oh good grief.

  2. Marc

    Didn’t anyone mention to Cokie that he is FROM Hawaii?

  3. tgflux

    …or the grandmother who helped raise him, and is too ill to travel, lives there?

    And still other voters would view it as validation or reinforcement of the messages they’ve heard elsewhere that Obama is the antichrist.

    Ala the message delivered by FOX News, w/ their REPEATED and REGULAR “accidental mix-ups” (yeah, right!) of Obama and Osama?

    it’s been hard for me to find a European … who confessed to excitement — not just about the visit, but the prospect of an Obama presidency.

    Well, that’s just because—aside from “football”—Europeans don’t believe in excitement. ;-/

    JC Fisher

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