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"O" Brother
Posted by: MichaelW on Friday, August 08, 2008

I'm not even sure what to say about this latest in the phenomenon that is the messiah-making of Obama:
George Bush had his three-fingered W salute that supporters flashed when greeting him at presidential campaign events in 2000. And now, if a Los Angeles creative agency gets its way, Sen. Barack Obama will see fans meet him with his own salute like the one above. "Our goal is to see a crowd of 75,000 people at Obama's nomination speech holding their hands above their heads, fingers laced together in support of a new direction for this country, a renewed hope, and acceptance of responsibility for our future," says Rick Husong, owner of The Loyalty Inc.



With tongue firmly planted in cheek, Tigerhawk lists six reasons why this sign of fealty is troublesome, including:
Third, it discriminates against one-handed people. I think the Obama campaign needs to make a reasonable accommodation for people who have lost one, but not two, hands.

Fourth, it looks like a "zero." Or an empty vessel.
Heh. Well, Keith_Indy at least offers a solution for problem #3 (click through for video):
But the solution is simple. Show him your “O face.”
For what it's worth, does this "salute" remind anyone else of a certain iconic moment from a particular dystopic story [HT: Tigerhawk commenter]?



Not exactly the same, of course, but close enough to be scary.
 
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"Our goal is to see a crowd of 75,000 people at Obama’s nomination speech holding their hands above their heads, fingers laced together in support of a new direction for this country..."
Holding that gesture at mouth-level would be more appropriate.
 
Written By: Candidus
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Perfect symbol for Obama....pretty shape, totally empty in the middle
 
Written By: shark
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Why does the word "wanker" come to mind ?
 
Written By: Neo
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Given that it’s not Obama’s people doing this, but some attention-seeking ad agency, this is a complete non-story, ain’t it?

 
Written By: Sigivald
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Given that it’s not Obama’s people doing this, but some attention-seeking ad agency, this is a complete non-story, ain’t it?
The attention they’re seeking is for Obama. The rather weird strand of followers the candidate has attracted is what makes this a story. Well, that and the fact that the messianic adoration is fun to laugh at.
 
Written By: MichaelW
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It reminds me more of images like this.
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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The first thought I had when I saw this on Insty yesterday was "Do these people not understand how friggin’ creepy they are?" Good grief.

And Sigivald, go to Instapundit and read the link he has. It makes the Lightworker’s sycophants look even worse than the initial post, if that’s possible.
 
Written By: Warrior Needs Food Badly
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Never mind ’bout the link - it’s the same as MichaelW’s.

Again, creepy.
 
Written By: Warrior Needs Food Badly
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Perfect. Those who believed for 8 years that Bush was a demi-god now complain about the adulation for Obama.

One can only be reminded of this classic bit of winger worship from Q and O’s kinfolk at Powerline:
It must be very strange to be President Bush. A man of extraordinary vision and brilliance approaching to genius, he can’t get anyone to notice. He is like a great painter or musician who is ahead of his time, and who unveils one masterpiece after another to a reception that, when not bored, is hostile.
Classic. And let’s not even get started talking about the wingnut reverence for Reagan.
 
Written By: mkultra
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MK - once again whistling past the graveyard...
 
Written By: meagain
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Big ’O’ ?!? Tee hee, reminds me of a vagina.
 
Written By: blah blah
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I found this ironic though, this was one of the neighboring Youtube links...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWvHbOoG3tI
 
Written By: meagain
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Classic. And let’s not even get started talking about the wingnut reverence for Reagan.
Although ’reverence’ may be too strong a word if even the correct word, none of that ever happened before he took office. It was only after he left and his career was over did any sense of that take place.

Everyone who dies gets a little beatified. Because Reagan fell ill to Alzheimer’s disease he got that treatment a little earlier.

But unlike Reagan, Obama hasn’t left office, isn’t dead or sick, and has no accomplishments to celebrate.

You’re analogy isn’t even close.
 
Written By: jpm100
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They put their fists against their heads and stick their thumbs out, then I’ll really start to worry.
 
Written By: Achillea
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This is what the O salute really reminds me of

Picture
 
Written By: Captain Obviousness
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I realized where I saw this before. It is from the Star trek hippies episode "the way to Eden"

look at it 19 seconds in.

That hold episode is pretty much a good description of the Obama’s platform
 
Written By: capt joe
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Herbert!
 
Written By: Dale Franks
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