Obamarama–and history

Andrew Coyne, rightly, despairs of the Canadian reaction:

This is Just. So. Embarrassing. If there is anything less attractive than the anti-American streak in our national character — a trait made worse, one suspects, for our neighbours’ sunny indifference to our seething — it is our tendency to prostrate ourselves before American celebrities. And they don’t get any more celebritous than Barack Obama. Okay, I get that he’s a likeable fellow. He avoids excessive partisanship, he comes across as thoughtful and decent, he connects with people — yes to all that.
But people, really: camping out at 4:30 in the morning on Parliament Hill for five seconds of waving from behind plexiglas two hundred yards away (and five seconds longer, at that, than scheduled)? Hours and hours of television coverage given over to a few brief clips of the President a) landing, b) walking with the Governor General, c) sitting with the Governor General, d) flashing by in his motorcade, and e) walking, sitting and standing with the Prime Minister?
Have we all taken leave of our senses? The CBC interviewed some lunatic woman who gravely informed us that, with the election of Barack Obama, she now knew that “everything was going to be okay.” A sign in the crowd read “First God, then Obama,” which was positively restrained compared to some of the comments one overheard. And I don’t just mean from the reporters.
This need for heroes, this cult of charisma — and we in the media are the worst offenders, though for more explicable motives — is not merely empty and shallow. It is dangerous. At the very least, it is a distraction. At the worst, it is a kind fascism. It appeals to all that is hollow within us, and — worse — within them. Was that not the least attractive thing about Trudeau: the glamour?…

Via Raphael Alexander, taking on Mickey I. By the way, a whole lot of people are calling the visit “historic“. Why?
Mark C.
Update: “We are such ouinies” (via Terry Glavin, via Andrew Potter). More ouinies.

12 thoughts on “Obamarama–and history

  1. Gabby in QC says:

    Why is it being called “historic”?
    Do you recall when another mixed-race American President emerged from Air Force One to be greeted by an Afro-Canadian GG born in Haiti?
    C’mon, even cynics have to admit that it was a first – thus historic. Once similar events take place then they will no longer deserve to be called “historic.”

  2. Kursk says:

    Historic, i’ll say..the first time at this level in the west that a Neo Marxist potus has met the more than likely separatist bent GG of Canada..

  3. Joseph says:

    Even you get into the “histeric” hystria, you describe him as likable and all the rest, I suggest you listen to him speak, huh huh huh…
    reminds me of bush….Likable? to who??? harper who now is a left wing social democrat, a change from a right wing republican isnt it? Did he not say at one point the right in american was a beacon of hope? now hes a obama pusher???
    Ignatief who thinks he is bigger in person???? Got things running down his leg i assume. I am embarassed….who does obama remind me off, especialy with his nose on the air when he finishes speaking….Mussolini. He use to do the same thing.

  4. Bruce from Cambridge says:

    Some of those oddball Obama worshipers on parliament hill yesterday where shown on the NBC nightly news last night. It was rather embarassing.

  5. Robert McClelland says:

    It’s a hoot that it bothers you cons that most Canadians like Obama and not your boy Bush. Keep squealing, it’s music to my ears.

  6. Jim Whyte says:

    And Rubert doesn’t know a snort when he hears it. Thinks it’s a squeal.
    I think he’s a scream. Usually an inarticulate one.

  7. The Pedant says:

    “Robert McClelland”:
    You are right that we “cons” are “squealing”, but the reason is not that Obama is “liked”; it is that he is worshipped in a way that is unbecoming of a democratic society, and has been built up and sheltered by a Fifth Estate which only ever tears down our standard-bearers.
    You chortling leftists really ought to be more magnanimous, you know. The Left has everything — White House, Congress, press, popular culture, education system — and gloating in absolute power is not only ungracious, it can inspire revolts.

  8. Mack Hall says:

    The One simply wanted to beam for the quaint and colourful masses in His 51st state. They’re so folksy and vibrant and, like, you know, stuff.

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