Obama: The politics of hope


The sycophancy surrounding yesterday’s concert in honour of Obama was quite beyond what any sane person should be able to stand. Even if you are not familiar with the music below, the titles will give you a clue to the theme of the evening, celebrities worshiping at the feet of the new President:

  • “Higher Ground" - Usher, Shakira and Stevie Wonder
  • "A Change Is Gonna Come" - Bettye LaVette and Jon Bon Jovi
  • "Lean on Me" - Mary J. Blige with Herbie Hancock
  • "One Love" - Will.I.Am and Sheryl Crow
  • "The Rising" - Bruce Springsteen
  • "Shower the People" - James Taylor, John Legend and Jennifer Nettles
  • "Pride (In the Name of Love)" - U2

Let it not be forgotten that the man that stands before you is a politician. Celebrity has its place, but surely not here. It is a sad reflection on many people in the world that they are investing so much hope in one man, charming as he undoubtedly is. Ronald Reagan - who was as far as politicians go, as good as it gets – made this offhand comment that should be borne in mind: “Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first." He really did not go far enough. After all, the oldest profession is usually a free contact between two consenting individuals, whereas the second is the forced consent of the majority upon the individual with the small recompense of a vote every few years.