‘Obamalujah!’ Know your Barackisms
First there was “Obamamania,” punctured in places by naysayers crying “Nobama!”
Now, as President-elect Barack Obama prepares for the White House, his message of change, resounding both at home and abroad, seems to have unleashed a barrage of Barackisms. Or maybe they should be called Obamanyms.
Here’s a glossary, culled from Web sites, news reports and the blogosphere:
Obamaphoria: The postelection rapture that swept over Obama’s supporters worldwide.
Obamanation: A twist on “abomination,” expressed by evangelicals and other conservatives who oppose Obama’s stance on abortion, gay marriage and other social issues.
Obamarama: The celebrations around the Jan. 20, 2009, inauguration.
Obamanos: A play on “Vamonos,” or “Let’s go,” among Obama fans in Mexico.
Obamalujah: Exultation shouted by his fans.
Obamatrons: The policy wonks who will occupy the West Wing of his White House.
Obamascope: Media scrutiny of the new leader. (Example: “One hundred days after Barack Obama took office, newspaper editors put the president’s economic plan under the Obamascope.”)
Obamalicious: Complimentary term used by those who like Obama’s looks.
Obamaloha: Goodbye, Obama-style, with a nod to Hawaii, his birthplace.
Oh-Bama: Joyful exclamation, via headlines in the Kennebec, Maine, Journal, The Register-Guard in Eugene, Ore., and The Namibian, from the southern African country of Namibia.
Bamelot: Description of his presidency, from a New York Post headline that played on the youth and freshness of John F. Kennedy’s administration that came to be known as “Camelot.”
Barackstar: Description from those who believe Obama is “the Mick Jagger of politics” (from Slate.com).