Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), son of the one-time presidential contender, said Obama’s victory overwhelmed him. “I cried all night. I’m going to be crying for the next four years,” he said. “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.”
update from the 'fly - I said in the comments that I couldn't really blame Obama for the nitwittery of his supporters - but I can certainly blame him for his own nitwittery.
GG: Do you believe in sin?
GG: What is sin?
OBAMA: Being out of alignment with my values.
It's from a 2004 interview Obama did with his hometown Chicago Sun-Times. Now it may be that he means that he feels he's sinned if he's violated his conscience - it would be a defensible enough position. But frankly, a lot of people's consciences are shoddily formed. It would have been helpful to know, as Matt Archbold asks in his own post, what are those values exactly?
Likely enough, Obama himself doesn't know, and doesn't care much to find out. But I suspect that his summum bonum is his own ambition, as an ends to pursue rather than a means driving him to greater ability to achieve good in the wider world. Service to ambition (rather than ambition serving him) would explain why he sat in Rev. Wright's pews for 20 years; why he accused his own grandmother of racism in order to exonerate Rev. Wright - and then kicked him curbside the instant it seemed the better move; why he exploits his wife's public pronouncements for gain but bristles when people question the pronouncements; and why he doesn't just come out and say that maybe Durbin, Jackson Jr., this unhinged fellow, the iconographers at Reuters and Rolling Stone, etc, are all getting a little carried away with this pedestal they're standing him on.
Basically, the poor man is pole-sitting on a second Tower of Babel. If its fate should resemble that of the first, he's got nowhere to go but awaaaaaay down, and he could land hard.
(hat tip to Creative Minority Report for the unhinged fellow's column; they may be looking at a blogroll in short order)