Tuesday, August 12, 2008


John McCain's ad-machine has been ratcheting up the idea that Barack Obama is more of a celebrity than a candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America. Commercials showing images of Obama speaking to swelling, cheering crowds, hanging on every bit of oratory as Obama smiles from the adoration are shown to point out McCain's question of, "Do we want a celebrity in the White House?"

Who dictates "celebrity", really? The man at the podium, or the actor under the Proscenium arch, or the rich dilettante stepping from a limousine to a light show of camera flash...do they?


There is no "celebrity" if there is no audience. There is no "celebrity" if there is nothing offered to said audience...a riveting soliloquy, a flash of naughty bits, and in Obama's case, a call for us to believe that there can be something better than what came before.

I use the term "celebrity" seldom, if at all. I tend to think the term is overused and therefore lessens the object of the terminology. Obviously John McCain sees it the same way.

Which, of course was his point all along.

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