I don't know whether to say that deification of Barack Obama is ridiculous, scary or both. It only turned frightening for me when I started to see mainstream portrayals of Obama that took more than a little resemblence to the propoganda seen in tin-pot dictatorships. The "Hope" campaign poster looks a bit ike it's modelled after Che or Fidel, while the cover of this week's Rolling Stone looks like a propoganda from North Korea or Saddam Hussein's Iraq:
The Cult of Personality is a very dangerous thing for a democracy. To be fair, a good amount of it happens on the right with the outlandish spouting of "What would Reagan do?" It's a nonpartisan trait, but a frightening trait nonetheless.