More On He Who Cannot Be Spoken Of Without A Gaffe: Kinsley, Slate, Mattingly
February 04, 2007, 08:44 PM
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Following up on how nothing can be said about Obama but praise:

Michael Kinsley, in Time Magazine

It used to be, there was truth and there was falsehood. Now, there is spin and there are gaffes. Spin is often thought to be synonymous with falsehood or lying, but more accurately it is indifference to the truth. A politician engaged in spin is saying what he or she wishes were true, and sometimes, by coincidence, it is. Meanwhile a gaffe, it’s been said, [By Kinsley himself.]is when a politician tells the truth — or, more precisely, when he or she accidentally reveals something truthful about what is going on in his or her head. A gaffe is what happens when the spin breaks down.Gaffes Can Be Deceiving — Friday, Feb. 02, 2007 — Page 1 — TIME

Timothy Noah, in Slate:

Is Barack Obama—junior U.S. senator from Illinois, best-selling author, Harvard Law Review editor, Men’s Vogue cover model, and “exploratory” presidential candidate—the second coming of our Savior and our Redeemer, Prince of Peace and King of Kings, Jesus Christ? His press coverage suggests we can’t dismiss this possibility out of hand. I therefore inaugurate the Obama Messiah Watch, which will periodically highlight gratuitously adoring biographical details that appear in newspaper, television, and magazine profiles of this otherworldly presence in our midst. The Obama Messiah Watch. - By Timothy Noah - Slate Magazine

Religion Columnist Terry Mattingly:

Meanwhile, journalists are not the only people struggling to learn all the words to the new political anthem, “Our Obama is an Awesome Obama.” According to Newsweek, stand-up comics are having trouble, too. Some are taking different approaches to this theological problem. Here’s my favorite:

 

MAKE FUN OF HOW YOU CAN’T MAKE FUN OF HIM

“Obamamania” has become absurd. “Daily Show” viewers heard a heavenly noise — “a choir of angels,” host Jon Stewart said. “It can only mean one thing: Barack Obama did something.” Jay Leno’s line: “The big story, of course: ‘American Idol.’ But enough about Barack Obama.”

Our Obama is an Awesome Obama » GetReligion