AGE OF WORSHIP
“The extent to which we’re in an Age of Worship can be gleaned from a howler at the D-Day commemoration, in which Gordon Brown — woefully overpromoted as Britain’s prime minister — referred to Omaha Beach as ‘Obama Beach,’” Tunku Varadarajan writes at www.forbes.com.
“Yes, in different circumstances this would qualify as a mere slip of the tongue and be left at that; but the ignominious YouTube avatar of that moment has turned Brown into a species of hack comedian, causing the world to snigger and cackle. Watching him say ‘Obama Beach’ again and again — inherent cruelty makes one hit ‘replay’ — one learns, right away, of his state of mind,” Mr. Varadarajan said.
“Brown stands within earshot of a morally imperious American president: And he is nervous, subservient, provincial, a mere Brown in the cosmopolitan world of Obama, our bridge-builder to the Muslim world, our interlocu-