Allahpundit at Hot Air isn’t sure whether this is supposed to be an expression of the “Danish sense of humor,” or whether the editors of Politiken (“one of Denmark’s largest newspapers,” according to the “About this Site” blurb) mean it. I’ve read it several times, and I feel pretty sure that they mean it:
He is provocative in insisting on an outstretched hand, where others only see animosity.
His tangible results in the short time that he has been active – are few and far between. His greatest results have been created with words and speeches – words that remain in the consciousness of their audience and have long-term effects.
He comes from humble beginnings and defends the weak and vulnerable, because he can identify himself with their conditions.
And no we are not thinking of Jesus Christ, whose birthday has just been celebrated – - but rather the President of the United States Barack Hussein Obama.
This is of a piece with some of the messianic language that has been used about Obama since at least the early stages of last year’s presidential campaign, and the editors acknowledge that opponents of The One have objected to such comparisons. Tough luck:
If such a comparison were to be made, it would, of course, inevitably be to Obama’s advantage.
Today, his historic Health Reform is being passed through the American Senate – a welfare policy breakthrough that several of his predecessors have been unable to manage.
Despite all the compromises, it has finally been possible to ensure something so fundamental, as the right of every American not to be financially shipwrecked when their health fails them. Add to that the biggest ever financial support package in America’s history, a major disarmament agreement and the quickest-ever re-establishment of American reputation.
On the other hand, we have Jesus’ miracles that everyone still remembers, but which only benefitted a few. At the same time, we have the wonderful parables about his life and deeds that we know from the New Testament, but which have been interpreted so differently over the past 2000 years that it is impossible to give an unequivocal result of his work.
Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus – if we have to play that absurd Christmas game. But it is probably more meaningful to insist that with today’s domestic triumph, that he has already assured himself a place in the history books – a space he has good chances of expanding considerably in coming years.
There’s not a hint of satire there that I can see. They seem to be quite serious: they believe that Obama has several nation or world-changing accomplishments to his name (though what the “major disarmament agreement is I’m not sure, unless they’re referring to his unilateral withdrawal of missile defense systems from Poland and the Czech Republic), while Jesus…doesn’t. The “marginal Jew” did a few parlor tricks that might have helped a few people, and He said some lovely things, but get real. The One is saving the world, stopping the oceans’ rise, ending poverty and ensuring world peace. What did Jesus ever do that can compare with that?
Truth be told, if you don’t believe that Jesus was God incarnate, that He secured the forgiveness of sins on the cross, that He rose from the dead to free us from the powers of darkness, and so on, then why exactly would you think that He’d accomplished anything? Almost any American president this side of William Henry Harrison would have a better record to point to than an insignificant first century rabbi. There may even be a few members of Congress that could say the same thing. If you’re an atheist, you’re not going to have any use for Jesus. Barack Obama, on the other hand, is a messiah that even an atheist can believe in.