Comparing Barack Obama to Royalty

No, the post does not refer to the endless and erroneous comparisons to Camelot, the closest America has had to even a hint of royalty.

The comparison is to Princess Di and it came in one of the 2 columns referenced here.

Both of these pieces ran in the UK’s Daily Mail, quick someone cue up Paperback Writer!

One piece is written by Peter Hitchens (below)

The night we waved goodbye to America… our last best hope on Earth

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To paraphrase Brian Giles, “his brother’s Christopher”

Whether or not Mr. Hitchens’ laid it on a little thick with the column’s title can only be ascertained after reading his opinion. I thought he made a couple of keen and dispassionate observations.

Here’s the intro to the column,

Anyone would think we had just elected a hip, skinny and youthful replacement for God, with a plan to modernise Heaven and Hell – or that at the very least John Lennon had come back from the dead.

The swooning frenzy over the choice of Barack Obama as President of the United States must be one of the most absurd waves of self-deception and swirling fantasy ever to sweep through an advanced civilisation. At least Mandela-worship – its nearest equivalent – is focused on a man who actually did something.

I really don’t see how the Obama devotees can ever in future mock the Moonies, the Scientologists or people who claim to have been abducted in flying saucers. This is a cult like the one which grew up around Princess Diana, bereft of reason and hostile to facts.

It can be argued that Obamamania hasn’t been described any better than this.

The second piece is by Liz Jones and it focuses on our future First Lady, Michelle Obama.

The column is titled, “From brilliant lawyer to First Lady … and pooper scooper in chief”

Gotta admit, no one does headlines like the Brits.

Ms. Jones sardonically starts out,

I hate to pour cold water on the Obamas’ victory parade, but I do wonder whether the emergence on to the world stage of Michelle Obama, Super Mom, is as bad for women as the birth of the WAG.

The election of an African-American man (who just happens to be an extremely handsome, cool, dapper one; I doubt he would have got in had he looked and sweated like Morgan Tsvangirai*) has meant that, in just one generation, America has swapped dousing its black people with water cannons for anointing them with sainthood.

But it seems women are still right back slap where we were in the Fifties: smiling idiotically at the sides of our powerful men, mere Stepford housewives in the margins of history, our silly heads full of nonsense like sleepovers, worries about stale bread, the laundry and perfect hospital corners. Guess who will be clearing up after that brand new puppy?

An interesting read to be sure.

*If you’re wondering who Morgan Tsvangirai is, he is a Zimbabwean politico, here he is:

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“Been spending most our lives, Living in a Gangsta’s Paradise…”

Before the hyperallergenic accusations of racism are bandied about, the man bears a resemblance to L.V. who played Robin to Coolio’s Batman in the 1995 song, Gangsta’s Paradise.

Who can ever forget Michelle Pfeiffer going Bob Knight in the video?  Poor chair…

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3 Responses to Comparing Barack Obama to Royalty

  1. elle evers says:

    I think Palin had the same type of following, however on a much smaller scale…and with violent overtones, no?

  2. elle evers says:

    Also, not all women have to be the same. Some can smile idiotically at the sides of their men, some can be working at any job. People seem to forget that the women’s movement was to give women the right to do whatever they wanted, not what men or other women wanted. Many more women follow Angelina Jolie as a role model, and Oprah as a role model. Is that ok with everyone or is there another woman in mind that meets some standard as a role model?

  3. elle evers says:

    Also, not all women have to be the same. Some can smile idiotically at the sides of their men, some can be working at any job. People seem to forget that the women’s movement was to give women the right to do whatever they wanted, not what men or other women wanted. Many more women follow Angelina Jolie as a role model, and Oprah as a role model. Is that ok with everyone or is there another woman in mind that meets some standard as a role model?

    You tell me since you’re the one who seems to think that women who stand by their husband’s side are idiots

    I have to say, I’m getting the feeling that this isn’t the chatty site I want to be on. To angry.

    “To [sic] angry”? LOL! To quote Chicago White Sox manager, Ozzie Guillen “Pfft, please!”

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