Barack Obama often points out that his detractors call him a "hopemonger", and that he is happy to accept that label. His campaign is based on pure emotion, selling neither policies nor real solutions but hope and dreams. Of course this has a long and profitable history in the United States and nowhere has it been more profitable than in Disneyland for the last 53 years. The language and imagery that Obama uses is eerily similar to Disneyland's. Disneyland's founding dedication includes the phrase "here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future... ...the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America... with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world," which sounds an awful lot like something from an Obama speech.
Disneyland's motto for 2008 is "Year of a Million Dreams." I am considering taking bets on by which date Obama will use that phrase (or reasonable variation of it) in his campaign. Any takers?