He is provocative in insisting on an outstretched hand, where others only see
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
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
For some time now, comparisons between the two have been a tool of cynical
opinion that quickly became fatigued of the rapture that Obama instilled
prior to and after the presidential election last year.
From the start, Obama’s critics have claimed that his supporters have idolised
him as a saviour, thus attempting to dismantle the concrete hope that Obama
has represented for most Americans.
The idea was naturally that the comparison between Jesus and Obama – which is
something that the critics developed themselves – would be comical,
blasphemous, or both.
If such a comparison were to be made, it would, of course, inevitably be to
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
Without, however, ever attaining the heavens....