Barack Obama has the charisma of a televangelist, and his rhetoric has as much substance. Pass the candy floss. I would love to see someone Photoshop Obama whacking the forehead of one of his swooning acolytes with his open palm. It's like the preacher Ernest Angley, who would stick his fingers in the ears of the deaf, pop then out, then whisper "say bay-bee".
From an Obama speech last December:
Because I know that when the American people believe in something, it happens.
If you believe, then we can tell the lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over.
If you believe, then we can stop making promises to America’s workers and start delivering — jobs that pay, health care that’s affordable, pensions you can count on, and a tax cut for working Americans instead of the companies who send their jobs overseas.
If you believe, we can offer a world-class education to every child, and pay our teachers more, and make college dreams a reality for every American.
If you believe, we can save this planet and end our dependence on foreign oil.
If you believe, we can end this war, close Guantanamo, restore our standing, renew our diplomacy and once again respect the Constitution of the United States of America.
That’s the future within our reach. That’s what hope is — that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better is waiting for us around the corner. But only if we’re willing to work for it and fight for it. To shed our fears and our doubts and our cynicism. To glory in the task before us of remaking this country block by block, precinct by precinct, county by county, state by state.
There is a moment in the life of every generation when, if we are to make our mark on history, this spirit must break through.
This is the moment.
This is our time.
Do you believe?
Do you BELIEVE?
DO YOU BELIEVE-UH?
Say bay-bee !
It has struck me that here is a man who speaks totally in bumper-stickers