This was a fly-on-the-wall type of dream, where I was only an observer. It was very short and very intense, like a snapshot burned on my mind. President and Mrs. Obama were standing in the Oval Office, standing on the carpet with the eagle emblem on it, facing each other and smiling. They weren’t embracing, but were holding onto each other’s elbows. They were so happy — and they were glowing with a golden, angelic light. It was a very powerful image.
From a married woman, in January 2009
She explains: “I was telling my husband about this dream, and he said he also has dreamed of Barack Obama recently. Pretty amazing, considering we are a middle-aged white couple who voted for President Obama, but we did not attribute any angelic or metaphysical meaning to him occupying the White House (at least not consciously) … I have no idea what this means or why I dreamed it — but after I heard about your website, I thought what the heck, I’ll share it.”
Of all the Obama dreams we have gathered with mystical or spiritually meaningful qualities, this one has perhaps the most classical symbolic expression of what Obama’s rise to the Presidency has meant to his followers. The “golden, angelic light” connects the dream to mystical visions and Christian iconography, while the central position (on the eagle-emblem carpet) in the Oval Office suggests a mandala, i.e. an archetypal image of wholeness. As shown by many other dreams, Michelle Obama figures prominently as a vital companion of Barack’s and a powerful woman in her own right. In this dream their bond takes on aspects of a sacred marriage, or heiros gamos, which symbolizes cosmic union and harmony.
Such is the weight of idealization Obama has carried through his first year in office.