With the inauguration of Barack Obama just hours away, it is now clear that Obama is already one of the most loved politicians in modern American history. To many Americans, Obama does not represent just a political party or a set of ideas. To many Americans, Barack Obama is the embodiment of their highest hopes and dreams - a leader who has arisen at a time of deep crisis to lead them out of the wilderness.
It would be hard to understate how some Americans feel about Barack Obama. It goes beyond the typical respect and admiration that one might feel for a famous leader. Indeed, for millions of Americans this is a fundamental turning point in the history of the United States.
The following are quotes from Americans (some famous and some not so famous) that show the intense love and admiration that they have for the new president.....
"What Barack Obama has accomplished is the single most extraordinary event that has occurred in the 232 years of the nation’s political history"
-Jesse Jackson, Jr.
"I'll do whatever he says to do. I'll collect paper cups off the ground to make his pathway clear."
"We're here to evolve to a higher plane . . . he is an evolved leader . . . [he] has an ear for eloquence and a tongue dipped in the Unvarnished Truth."
"Obama's finest speeches do not excite. They do not inform. They don't even really inspire. They elevate. . . . He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh . . . Obama is, at his best, able to call us back to our highest selves."
"No one saw him coming, and Christians believe God comes at us from strange angles and places we don't expect, like Jesus being born in a manger."
"OBAMA IS OUR PRESIDENT!"
-actress Lindsay Lohan
"Who among us is not at a loss for words? Tears pour out. Tears of joy. Tears of relief. A stunning, whopping landslide of hope in a time of deep despair."
-film producer Michael Moore
"Does it not feel as if some special hand is guiding Obama on his journey, I mean, as he has said, the utter improbability of it all?"
"Never in my adult life has there been more hope surrounding the election of a president."
-Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California Irvine School of Law
"I don’t think we’re going to see the restoration of an old political age, but the ushering in of a new age. They’re going to rewrite the rules."
-Simon Rosenberg, President of the New Democratic Network
"Even in the last days we felt we would never see this hour, but there is a God."
"…I’ve sort of been, like, pulsating all day, and now I feel like I’m, like, in full-vibrational-mode … It feels like there’s a shift in consciousness. It feels like something really big and bold has happened here…"
"Obama’s election as president is a beautiful testament to the American collective consciousness that is flowering. This more loving consciousness will be necessary to protect us from some of our hurtful human choices and tendencies. We will need it to create balance with the constantly emerging advances in technology so, going forward, we can use these advances in a positive way to lift up Mother Earth and all her inhabitants."
-Russell Simmons, Def Jam founder
"Many even see in Obama a messiah-like figure, a great soul, and some affectionately call him Mahatma Obama."
"It’s not a typical answer but I believe he has a higher consciousness. I think he’s more spiritually awakened and that he’ll make different choices based on that and not on external forces."
-Kimberley Ashley, 49, a Republican
"He is not operating on the same plane as ordinary politicians. . . . the agent of transformation in an age of revolution, as a figure uniquely qualified to open the door to the 21st century."
"This is bigger than Kennedy. . . . This is the New Testament." "I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don't have that too often. No, seriously. It's a dramatic event."
- Chris Matthews
"It’s like a spiritual cleansing"
-Daniel Clark, age 41
"He communicates God-like energy..."
-Steve Davis (Charleston, SC)
"It’s more spiritual than political"
-Ted Howard, a 64-year-old African-American
"I cried all night. I’m going to be crying for the next four years. What Barack Obama has accomplished is the single most extraordinary event that has occurred in the 232 years of the nation’s political history. … The event itself is so extraordinary that another chapter could be added to the Bible to chronicle its significance."