"We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. This time can be different because this campaign for the presidency of the United States of America is different. It's different not because of me. It's different because of you." — Barack Obama, "Change We Can Believe In," February 8, 2008
It has been noted that Barack Obama never uses "I" in his speeches but prefers "we" except when he employs "I" to denote the superiority of "we." Likewise, he also uses the inclusive "we" when he means "you." All this sleight of pronouns could be avoided if he simply used "comrades," but, of course, that would be far too obvious.
If we recast these lines from his latest stump speech, substituting the imperial "we's" for "I's" and the inclusive "we's" for "you's," this is what we get:
"I am the one you've been waiting for. I am the change that you seek."
Yes, the Second Coming.
As for the rest:
"This time can be different because this campaign for the presidency of the United States of America is different. It's different not because of me. It's different because of you."
This line was borrowed from the musical Evita. But, of course, it's as old as the oldest despot. Hitler used it often. So has Fidel. It's an invitation for everybody to dip his hands in the blood. Not just an injunction that "we're all in this together" but a warning that whatever happens no one will be able to escape responsibility for his part in bringing it about. "Serve me now and you will serve me always." Because it's definitely not about "we" or "you" but unquestionably about him. The difference is Barack Obama. He is both the change and the conduit to change. The people are instrumental in effecting that change but incidental once the change is accomplished. Like all Marxist revolutions that are enthroned through democratic means Obama's will represent his personal interests and those of his closest collaborators (which include Fidel, Chávez and Ortega). The people, except as resources for exploitation or beasts of burden, will be immaterial in his plan of government.