Over the past several months Barack Obama has ascended to the ultimate level of American iconic status, the Rock Star. From city to city, Obama is attracting crowds in the tens of thousands from Boise, to Atlanta, to the Bay Area, prompting many to compare the buzz surrounding his campaign to the British invasion of 1964.
Most recently there have documented incidents of people fainting in the crowd at Obama rallies. http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=31118
Is this the new blueprint for American political leaders? Some would argue that we need things like substance, details and platform. That's not to say Obama completely lacks all of that, but it is clear he is taking a new route to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In an entertainment based society with tens of millions of Americans raised on a generation of ESPN, MTV and HBO; it makes sense that a "Rock Star President" fits their sensibilities. In 21st century America, Obama may well be the 21st century candidate.