Posted by: David Kiley on November 1, 2008
I was watching the 10/31 installment of “Real Time With Bill Maher” during which the discussion naturally centered on the election.
Guest and conservative commentator Amy Holmes, who is a contributor to CNN, was insinuating that Barack Obama has a Messiah complex. She cited a speech he gave that she calls his “Moses Speech,” in which she said Obama talked about the idea that his Presidency will make “the seas will recede and the planet will heal.”
Maher and fellow-guest Cornell West doubted her. She said “Google it.”
So, I did.
Here is the text of Obama’s speech on June 3 that Holmes refers to:
The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment—this was the time—when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.
Ms. Holmes, intellectual honesty has been in short supply this election season. I thought you were better than this. Is there any doubt that Obama was referring to taking charge of environmental policy from the global warming denying Bush Administration, and not having a messiah moment? This is barely Hannity-worthy. Give me a break.