On January 20, 2009, everybody turn on your TVs, and then tell me what you see: is it an inauguration or a coronation? The democrats and their friends from Hollywood love to stage grand spectacles, and the Obama convention speech and acceptance speech were mere rehearsals for the Big One when he takes the oath of office.
McCain, Bush I and II, and Reagan all approached the presidency with a sense of humility, meaning they realized that the office was larger than them. They were mere occupants for 4 or 8 years, servants of the people and guardians of the Constitution. Clinton viewed the presidency as something for him to use, as a tool to advance his own cause, or his wife’s, or his party’s. It is only a slight exaggeration to say it was a toy for him to play with.
What about Obama? Will he view himself as a servant of The People, or their King?
What about us? Will we view him as a fallible servant of the The People, or as our King?
Barack Honolulus, Rex Americanae. BHRA*
*cf. the Catholic motto, INRI, for Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudæorum, Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews. John 19:19