Tom Brokaw, former NBC news anchor and author of the recent book Boom!: Voices of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today (catchy title, isn't it?) got it exactly wrong when he declared that we all know that Barack Obama is "running against the 1960s."
Barack Obama is the 60s.
At least in this campaign, Obama is style over substance and hope over experience. He is anti-war, inspirational, and a reflection of our better selves. He is youth, love, and togetherness. His beautiful oratory brings back memories of (and comparisons to) John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King -- all 60s icons.
Thus far, Obama is like Jiminy Cricket singing when you wish upon a star. Even more appropriate, "Jiminy Cricket" was once uttered as a non-blasphemous alternative to exclaiming "Jesus Christ!" And Obama's supporters, no doubt, believe he can walk on water.
Of course, in the original book, "The Adventures of Pinocchio," the cricket is crushed by a wooden mallet. Let us pray that the comparison ends before we get to that point.
When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires will come to you
If your heart is in your dreams, no request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star as dreamers do
(Fate is kind, she brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of their secret longing)
Like a bolt out of the blue, fate steps in and sees you thru
When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true