The Obama Effect

What is it about Barack Obama that causes women to faint?

As the WSJ’s James Taranto says, “What exactly are we to make of this? A cynic might wonder if the whole thing isn’t staged, given how often it happens and how well-honed and self-serving Obama’s standard response seems to be. But if it’s spontaneous, that’s in a way even more unsettling.”
It is rather weird. Though, I have to say that the thought of Obama becoming President makes me a bit woozy too.

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Joe Carter

Joe Carter founded Evangelical Outpost in 2005. He is the web editor for First Things and an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. A fifteen-year Marine Corps veteran, he previously served as the managing editor for the online magazine Culture11 and The East Texas Tribune. Joe has also served as the Director of Research and Rapid Response for the Mike Huckabee for President campaign and as a director of communications for both the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and Family Research Council. He is the co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicaton.

  • Randy

    After being a flaming democrat BC (before Christ) I know what those types of rallies are like and it might as well be a rock concert.
    People get weird and weirdness depletes oxygen from the blood stream which then causes the brain to say, “I can’t handle the price tag on this!” and … blammo … lights out.

  • Don Bosch (

    reminds me of a pentacostal revival, only Obama has better suits.
    maybe he needs to hire a couple guys to follow him around ‘n catch folk…

  • Sarah Flashing

    Joe-been waiting for you to say something about this strange phenomenon. Given Obama’s messianic following, do you think it could be folks getting slain in the spirit? After all, BO seems to be the greatest charasmatic religious leader of our time…he’s right up there with Benny Hinn and Joel Olsteen ;)

  • bentow

    Taranto goes on to say: “Obama has a talent for eliciting intense emotion–an ability that can be dangerous in a politician. What more does he have to offer? That’s a hard question to answer, and it makes the prospect of an Obama presidency quite worrisome.”
    This is all Taranto’s got? A talent for eliciting intense emotion? An ability that can be dangerous in a politician? You’ve got to be kidding me.
    And what are the self-serving responses Taranto criticizes? Um . . . stuff like giving the faintee some water and asking people to step aside so EMT folks can aid the person. Awful, unChristian things like that. Makes you wonder what Taranto would consider a non self-serving response.
    I am SO concerned that I will faint if I ever attend an Obama rally. Thank God we have St. John McCain, the smelling-salts candidate! Good to know there’s one candidate in the race without the “talent” for eliciting intense emotion.

  • Daniel

    I have to admit, Obama’s delivery in his speches, his supporters’ enthusiasm predicated on nothing substantive, the MSM’s love fest, etc., all of it seems to have created a rock-star complex in this candidate.
    Honest question: Would an objective observer use a word like “humble” when describing Obama?
    Methinks not.

  • jd

    I heard the line recently, Republicans fall in line, Democrats fall in love.
    This is just another example of politics as religion. Democrat rallys have all the religious fervor of revival meetings: pumping the faithful up, the candidate as messiah (or at least King Arthur d’Camelot), hymn singing (don’t stop thinking about tomorrow), and now faith healing (but Obama doesn’t even need to slap their foreheads).
    The only thing missing is the Lord’s Supper. I guess they reserve that for when they hold rallies in churches.
    I wonder: Is there room in the Clinton or Obama budgets for loaves and fishes for every American and illegal?

  • JohnW

    Have your fun now-in January 2009, a democrat will be residing in the Whitehouse.

  • oclarki

    Maybe so, but unlike some people, my trust is in the Lord, not who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. I know living in DuPage county you won’t mind the tax hit, but I’m hoping that young families like mine don’t get the screwgie.

  • giggling

    Is Obama the Messiah?
    from ABC’s Jake Tapper’s blog.

  • JohnW

    A president with a D by his name is not enough to fix our nation’s problems, but it’s a good place to start.

  • jd

    I must admit my last comment was pretty stupid. Only an idiot would question whether there’s enough in the Clinton/Obama budget for loaves and fishes. If there’s enough for universal health care (and $5,000 for every child born), then of course we can afford those stinking loaves and fishes for every man woman and child. Oh, Thank you, thank you, thank you, Barackobama. You’re my savior and hero and I like to think you’re even my friend.

  • smmtheory

    A president with a D by his name is not enough to fix our nation’s problems, but it’s a good place to start.

    Ronulan apostasy?

  • Cindy

    another fainting incident, today…at a Huckabee event.

  • Alan Grey
  • Mumon

    Yeah, I can understand why a conservative would be all woozy.
    Imagine…a president who can not only utter a sentence with proper English syntax, but can also knowingly employ rhetorical schemes first devised by the ancient Greeks.
    Imagine…a president who is taking as his motto “Yes we can” instead of “Nobody could have predicted…”
    Imagine…a president who’ll not only say he’ll stop torture but will actually act to stop torture…unlike John McCain.
    Conservatism’s dead.

  • JohnW

    Alan Grey,
    Here’s another reason to be afraid of Obama: He is really a radical follower of Islam and once he takes office he will suspend the constitution and institute sharia law in America.
    If I was you, I’d start packing your bags and getting ready to move to another country.

  • Don P

    John w- it is far more difficult to suspend the constitution than just on the president’s say-so. Obama as president will probably be a disaster for this country, without a doubt; but in four years, there will be another election (unless God says otherwise).

  • JohnW

    Don P.
    Do you think Obama will be a worse disaster than George W. Bush?

  • Alan Grey

    I dismissed the Obama as radical Muslim a long time ago, because it was crap.
    Obama is a complete unknown (i.e. he actually hasn’t really done anything politically) with many known ties and backers from marxist’s. That makes him almost as scary as Alger Hiss.
    Considering how far left his mandatory universal health care platform is, it is pretty clear he is at least a strongly committed socialist…and There is nothing so damaging to a country as having a fully fledged marxist in charge.
    And yes, Obama would be a worse disaster than even Jimmy Carter. President Bush has been a reasonable president except for the surreality based community.

  • Shane Vander Hart

    Hey Joe – I’m with you I’m a bit woozy that he is leading in the polls. I think a Clinton nomination would be helpful for the GOP.

  • Mumon

    Alan Grey:
    Have you noticed that the Soviet Union doesn’t exist any longer?
    If Russia can elect a George W. Bush alter-ego like Vladimir Putin, maybe electing a “Marxist” to the US presidency wouldn’t be so bad, if it undoes the horror of the last 10 years or so.
    And his health care program doesn’t go far enough; it doesn’t nationalize the entire system, which is what we really need.
    But it’s a step in the right direction, away from the extremist fringe ideas of the conservatives.

  • Alan Grey

    Painting Putin as Bush’s alter ego shows that you are so far away from reality as to be institutionalized. That you fail to apprehend the horrors of marxist rule over the past 100 years is astounding. Truly you are beyond hope of objectivity. Perhaps you should go live in North Korea for a year or two before you continue to show how hopelessly out of touch you are.

  • Mumon

    Alan Grey :
    You simply have no idea what you’re talking about, and the fact that you would not equate North Korea, whose leader got his job much the same way George W. Bush did with Republican rule just shows how totally out of touch you are.
    The similarities between Kim Jong Il and George W. Bush are quite a few. Both don’t speak English well. Both got their jobs because of their daddies. Both are fanatics. Both have trashed the economies of their countries because of reckless military buildups…
    And of course Bush is a traitor, he didn’t go after the folks who outed Valerie Plame, he effectively pardoned them.

  • lisa

    Are you guys sure your christian? Every thing about your posts spells racism. Hellllllllllllllo? Jesus wht not white! You guys have absoulutely no, and i mean NO dicernment whatsoever, the only thing you seem to be able to discern is skin color and heck, I learned that when I was 3! Thats why the bible says they will knock and not enter because people like you have no love in you whatsoever, you are the direct opposite of what God stands for, and if you think your knock is gonna be answered with that attitute, then you’ll be waiting to get in for a very long time. Hey, vote like you did last time, it did wonders for out economy. ha ha! The bible says God inhabits the praises of his people, and if Bush praised him like he said he did, well we all know that this country would have seen better results. But he lied….(the devil is a deciever, right?) and started a war just to steal some oil and cause mass genocide. Yeah, great dicernment.