Christopher Cocca has posted his take on the hero’s journey of the President-elect. I’ve got some extra ideas on how his story fits into the monomyth, but much of what follows was taken from Cocca’s article.
The Mundane World: Obama was an Illionois State Senator from 1997-2004.
The Call to Adventure: In 2004 he was asked to be the key note speaker at the Democratic National Convention with which he became an instant hit with the party and the media.
Crossing the Threshold: Obama entered national politics through the U.S. Senate. It was during this time that he was tested, before being allowed to embark on the path of trials that was his run for the presidency.
The Path of Trials: After nominating for the presidency, Obama encountered a number of the typical trials, including support from Oprah Winfrey (The Meeting with the Goddess), opposition from Hillary Clinton (Woman as Temptress), and a separation from Reverend Wright (Atonement with the Father).
The Master of Two Worlds: After succeeding in the run for president, Obama has emerged a better man, ready to share his knowledge with the world and make it a better place.
That’s the theory, anyway.
(Picture from Alex Ross)