Posted by Rojas @ 1:39 pm on February 21st 2008

The beatings will continue until the morale improves

Michelle Obama:

Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed…You have to stay at the seat at the table of democracy with a man like Barack Obama not just on Tuesday but in a year from now, in four years from now, in eight years from now, you will have to be engaged.

Okay. It’s officially time for the Obama campaign to back away from the whole messianic vision thing. It’s starting to get a bit out of control.

What Barack Obama needs at the moment is someone standing behind him in the chariot, whispering “Remember, thou art mortal” in his ear. Evidently that won’t be Michelle.


  1. Anyone that requires me to work, has a blot against them already.

    Comment by James — 2/21/2008 @ 2:31 pm

  2. I think you are right, the Obama campaign must always keep its feet on the ground. I don’t think the passage you cite is evidence of a failure to do that.

    He (and now she) has said multiple times that rhetoric alone won’t produce much beyond a good feeling. I think what they are seeking to do with passages like this is ensure that people stay motivated and engaged past just volunteering for his campaign. If he really is serious about fundamentally changing the operating principles in Wash. he will require a goundswell of activists far beyond this November.

    Maybe that seems unrealistic to you. Maybe it is. Regardless, it does indicate sincerity, committment, and foresight.

    Comment by tessellated — 2/21/2008 @ 4:35 pm

  3. They could have done so equally easily with language that requests continued engagement as opposed to language that insists upon it, or which treats the candidate’s charisma as some kind of magic bromide that overrides all human will.

    I think they’re starting to drink their own Kool-Aid a bit.

    Comment by Rojas — 2/21/2008 @ 4:53 pm

  4. Perhaps.

    Who was her audience? It appears she gave this to a rally at UCLA. That implies young and activist. That’s a bit different than the general public tuning in to their TV. They tend to recruit volunteers from their rallies, I think.

    I think your concern is valid insomuch as it gives people already predisposed to talking about his campaign in terms of “Kool-Aid” and “messianic vision” to continue to do so. It is a bit of a tightrope that must be walked.

    Comment by tessellated — 2/21/2008 @ 6:52 pm

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