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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Obama Mural

The Cult of Obama continues.

A Pittsburgh district has put up what they call an "inspirational mural" to the One. An actress from ER unveiled it, saying that it's part of the beautification process for the neighbourhood.

HILL DISTRICT (KDKA) ― An inspirational mural was unveiled today in the Hill District.

The Hope Mural, located at the corner of Wylie Avenue and Kirkpatrick Street, is of Sen. Barack Obama and reads: "We are the change we seek."

Gloria Rueben, an actress on "ER," was on hand for the event.

The project is aimed at beautifying the neighborhood and promoting team building.

Artist Ray Gerard designed it and members of the community donated the supplies.

Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, a Pittsburgh native, helped kick off the project last week.

I understand honouring people in death. We all need heroes. But for a person like me, with my historical background, this mural of a living person for whatever reason is scarily close to those cult of personality "Dear Leader" murals. They feel me with dread.

It's but one step from this:

To this:

Even Castro waited to "honour" this man, a person he almost certainly had killed, after his death.

Compare Che's "Hasta la Victoria Siempre" to Obama's nearly imperial "We are the Change We Seek".

I shudder to think what comes next.

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