Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The Obama Messiah Watch

Slate has inaugurated the Obama Messiah Watch to highlight overly adoring media coverage of Barack Obama. Its first entry from the Los Angeles Times has a paean to Obama's propensity to take sparse notes in when he was in college at Occidental College.
In [political science professor Roger] Boesche's European politics class, [classmate Ken] Sulzer said he was impressed at how few notes [italics mine] Obama took. "Where I had five pages, Barry had probably a paragraph of the pithiest, tightest prose you'd ever see. … It was very short, very sweet. Obviously somebody almost Clintonesque in being able to sum a whole lot of concepts and place them into a succinct written style."
I have those same students. They're usually arrogant or slackers.