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BARACK OBAMA AND THE CULT OF PERSONALITY

Updated on May 17, 2012
The Ubiquitous Face of our Great Leader
The Ubiquitous Face of our Great Leader

Adding to History . . . or Changing it?

“A cult of personality arises when an individual uses mass media, propaganda, or other methods, to create an idealized and heroic public image, often through unquestioning flattery and praise. Sociologist Max Weber developed a tripartite classification of authority; the cult of personality holds parallels with what Weber defined as ‘charismatic authority.’ A cult of personality is similar to hero worship, except that it is established by mass media and propaganda.” (Wikipedia)

Sound familiar? This technique has been used by virtually every dictator in the 20th Century and is still used today (e.g. North Korea). Think of Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Romanian dictator Ceaucescu, Castro, Nasser, etc., their portraits everywhere, their “wisdom” forced on everyone, and God help those who don’t believe and don’t follow the party line. Now what, you may ask, does this have to do with Barack Obama? Am I comparing him to the aforementioned bad guys? Well, to a certain extent, yes, I am. No, he is not an absolute monarch, nor has he assumed dictatorial powers, but he has presided over the greatest aggrandizement of power in the Executive Branch in the history of the nation. But what is bothering me as I write this is the latest -- I don’t know what to call it -- “shenanigan” by the Obama White House. The website, www.whitehouse.gov, has a section with the biographies of the nation’s presidents. Appended to some of them are paragraphs comparing Obama to each president and singing his praises. A few examples:

At the end of the JFK page:

“Did you know?

President John F. Kennedy famously suggested the American people: “Ask what you can do for your country.” In 1961, the Peace Corps was created, facilitating service among citizens working toward peace in developing countries. In 2011, President Obama celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps with a Presidential Proclamation.”

That was rather innocuous, but check these out. At the end of the FDR page:

“Did you know?

On August 14, 1935, President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. Today the Obama Administration continues to protect seniors and ensure Social Security will be there for future generations.”

At the end of the Eisenhower page:

“Did you know?

President Dwight Eisenhower established the President's Council on Youth Fitness on July 16, 1956 (now known as The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports) after learning from a study that American youth were less fit than European youth. Today the Council is still going strong—with Olympians and professional athletes on board—working in conjunction with the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to help promote healthier lifestyles.”

At the end of the LBJ page:

“Did you know?

President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare signed into law in 1965—providing millions of elderly healthcare stability. President Obama’s historic health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, strengthens Medicare, offers eligible seniors a range of preventive services with no cost-sharing, and provides discounts on drugs when in the coverage gap known as the ‘donut hole.’”

And, last but not least, my favorite: at the end of the Ronald Reagan page:

“Did you know?

In a June 28, 1985 speech Reagan called for a fairer tax code, one where a multi-millionaire did not have a lower tax rate than his secretary. Today, President Obama is calling for the same with the Buffett Rule.”


Barack Obama comparing himself to Ronald Reagan? Can you imagine two men more different than these two? I could now go on about Obama’s policies and how they differ from Reagan’s (immensely!) but that’s been chronicled elsewhere. But these little “snippets” added to presidential bios? This is weird and, I must say, a bit scary. Folks, this is propaganda, pure and simple. What’s next, a little red book entitled “The Thoughts of President Obama?” Large posters of his face in front of water fountains in downtown Washington, DC? Hell, why not his face on the dollar bill? After all, George Washington is SO-O-O-O yesterday . . .

Okay, Barack Obama is NOT Hitler, Stalin, Mao, etc., but he has that “I know better than you do” attitude and, I fear that if he is reelected, individual liberties will lessen, government power over our lives will increase, and the national debt will spiral totally out of control, seriously damaging our economy.

But don’t worry - we’ll have the “wisdom” of BARACK to comfort us.

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      AlexDrinkH2O 3 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      Vika - when did you write this??

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      Vika 3 years ago

      I commend sen obama's reraitsnt when it seemed as if Sen McCain was trying bully him with various statements and aalso trying to qualify himself by stating sen obama just did not understand . Well in Sen Obama's closing statement or even earlier I was just wished that he would have said the one thing that I do understand is this country cannot go through another 8 years of what we've been through. And I believe that a vast majority of America wouldagree with you because it seems as if some are now starting to feel the pinch of recession, the same pinch most Americans have been feeling for the past 2 to 6 years. Something is wrong when you can bail out institutions,banking investment firms, we can even finance a war. But we can't give ours kids a decent education, we can't find a way for the elderly to chose between medicine and food and I know why and no one is saying it, there's no profit in peace, no profit in financing healthcare for young or old no profit. I know that things cost money but you'll find that you'll become the biggest arms dealer in the world (President's real job). Please don't forget WHO YOU ARE becausethe shoes you about to step into come with many acessories like Masks yes many masks you'll have to wear. Oops did not mean to sound like Sen McCain but sometimes we as little people really don't have any say because who's listening. Those who are in power say that they understand what we are going through. You know in hindsight I'm glad that you don't understand.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We have always "survived" which ever President has been in power and moved on down the road to the next one. That being said...these are scary times! Nice to know that those "plugs" from other presidential bios have been removed.

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      AlexDrinkH2O 5 years ago from Southern New England, USA

      Here's an update - the White House has quietly deleted all the Obama "plugs" from the presidential bios. A little more egg on their collective faces.

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      Rossogrosso 6 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Seems to me all the things you predict in the last paragraph have already happened. Obama is very similar to LBJ: they both have presided over seemingly endless, wasteful, illegal wars, invasions and assassination programs (Vietnam, Santo Domingo, attempts on Castro's life, as well as assassination programs in Vietnam; Afghanistan, the continued illegal occupation of Iraq (20,000 US "contractors" [mercenaries] and "embassy employees" [CIA operatives]), the incursion upon the sovereignity of Pakistan and assassination (so we are told) of Osama Bin Laden. He also has a lot in common with Reagan in his accommodation of the needs of the super-rich, corporations and banks and his lip service and inattention to the real needs of the people who elected him and still blindly defend him just because he is black. His (s)election by the ruling elite stands as a masterful manipulation of domestic and world public opinion. I voted for him because I allowed myself to believe that he was sincere when he made stirring speeches about empowering the people to take back their country and to have accountability and transparency in government. Meanwhile, he has continued the same policies which have been in place for decades: eradication of the vestiges of the "middle" class, globalization, military domination of the world, a debt economy which enslaves the entire nation and the world left beholden to the bankers who run his cabinet.

      I'm voting for Ron Paul.

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