Annonce
Annonce
Annonce
News in english

EDITORIAL: Obama greater than Jesus

The U.S. president - the practical saviour of our times

7
Gem til liste

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.

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 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.

Without, however, ever attaining the heavens....

ts

PolitikenPlus
  • Fyrværkeri, fotosalg Hvert år mellem jul og nytår holder Tivoli fyrværkerifestival og ekspederer tusindvis af stjerner, bombetter, romerlys og sole op i den sorte aftenhimmel.

    Pluspris 1.300 kr. Alm. pris 1.495 kr. Køb
  • Loire-dalen, 12 flasker Rosforth & Rosforth er pionerer indenfor import af vine fra den 1000 kilometer lange Loire-dals mange forskellige vinområder. Prøv 6 forskellige vine fra forskellige områder i Loire-dalen.

    Pluspris 1.326 kr. Alm. pris 1.560 kr. Køb
  • Nytår Det kunne være et billede fra Dallas, Texas. Der kunne være tale om en sen nat i The Lone Star State ? og en cowboy, som ikke lige kunne huske, hvor han havde parkeret sin hest.

    Pluspris 850 kr. Alm. pris 980 kr. Køb
  • Champagnekassen 6 fl. Oplev hvor godt den ægte Champagne kan smage, og hvor mange smagsnuancer den kan byde på.

    Pluspris 1.500 kr. Alm. pris 1.774 kr. Køb
  • Ur, unisex Pebble 06 er det seneste medlem af Pebble familien. En elegant fusion af nutidigt dansk design og klassisk Milanaise mesh-lænke.

    Pluspris 2.335 kr. Alm. pris 2.750 kr. Køb