Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Norweigan News: Obama Greater than Jesus

No, I am not kidding. The editorial in Politiken makes the comparison in the headline and then goes on to make the case in his opening:

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.

 Whew, good thing they clarified it was Obama they intended to reference, not Jesus Christ.  The two are virtually interchangeable right?  Of course at this point it would have been appropriate to play down the comparison, make the case that Obama has not had 2000 or so years of impact on the world, etc.  After all, comparing Obama to Jesus is laughable and at the same time incredibly offensive.  None of this stops the Norweigan editorialist, however.

Instead the editorial goes on to make the case that Obama is, in fact greater than Jesus Christ largely because of his health care bill while Jesus only had a few miracles:
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.

Without, however, ever attaining the heavens....
You can't make this up, no one would ever believe it.  The Norwegians really need to bring Odin, Loki and Thor back from the Norse mythology graveyard.  They sorely need someone or something substantive to ply with Nobel prizes and lavish absurd praise upon.

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