Though this is a political commercial, made by supporters of Barack Obama, it is also an interesting study in the religious longing of the political left. The hope that Senator Obama could fulfill Dr. King’s legacy and maintain his integrity. “If you get to the top of the mountain, remember me.” The visuals do a great job of making clear the desire for unity from the people who love Barry Manilow to those who love will.i.am.
There are so many powerful and wonderful images: the invocation of the person as “the church you can’t see; the truth that “What you see depends on where you stand;” the statement of”Let’s not kick out the darkness. Make the light brighter;” The acknowledgment that, “These are the hands. What are we going to build with them?” It is a good reminder that wanting the United States to be kinder, more compassionate, and concerned with justice and equity is truly an American prayer. A patriot’s prayer.