Obams says that it’s McCain who has been perpetuating all that “Obama is the Messiah” stuff, and that his campaign doesn’t stoop to such low levels of political rhetoric (except when they’re accusing McCain of running racist advertising when he’s not).
Brody: Let me ask you a little about some of these ads that John McCain has been running not just on television, but on the web. Let’s face it, let’s call a spade a spade, there has been some Messianic references, there’s been some antichrist stuff going on, the celebrity, they’re trying to pigeonhole you a certain way. Do you believe this is being done on purpose?
Obama: Well of course it’s being done on purpose. They’re not spending a whole bunch of money to make me out as a good guy. They’re engaging in the kind of politics that I think we’ve become accustomed to which is you try to tear your opponents down and you engage in sort of slash and burn tactics. And very personal sort of personal character attacks. And one of the challenges for us in this campaign is how do you make sure those attacks are answered quickly and forcefully, but also truthfully and that we don’t fall into that same kind of tactic.
The problem, of course, is that the “Obama Messiah” stuff didn’t start with McCain. It started with Oprah calling Obama “The One.” It started with Obama saying stuff like:
“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”
It started with the media running endless images like this one in their publications:
Is the right, John McCain included, poking fun at all this messiah stuff? Sure. But the jokes being cracked by Republicans about Obama’s messiah act wouldn’t be funny if they weren’t true.