Strangely enough, the only people I’ve ever heard call him that have been Christians. Projection…?
“I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people… I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal… This was the moment — this was the time — when we came together to remake this great nation…”
Its not a projection, the cover of time, the new republic, and the rolling stone seem to project obama will heal all that ills us, much like a messiah…
this is going to be an interesting 4 years…
I’ve been following Obama since he became a Senator in Illinois because my sister lives there and said she was really impressed with him. While he was in the Senate, up until the time he started campaigning for president, he had a weekly podcast where he’d discuss current issues in Illinois and at the federal level. I subscribed to his podcast and he was always great about explaining things so they could be understood and explaining why he felt a certain way about given issues. He would periodically ask for his constituents to write in and let him know what they thought. The solutions he proposed for things always seems to make sense, and showed that he actually put some research into the decisions he made instead of just trusting whoever the lobbyist of the day was. That latter part I think is what impressed me the most. He seemed to be very in touch with reality compared to a lot of our other congresscritters.
I always got the same impression (though not quite as strongly) from McCain, actually. McCain always seemed to me to be a Senator who “got it”. I think I would have been quite happy with him as president, too. I think we got really lucky with our available choices this year. It was more of a “who will do a better job” than it was “who’s the lesser of the evils” this time around, in my opinion. McCain probably would have done a lot better if he didn’t let the RNC take over his campaign. They screwed him over with all the negative attack ads.
Jonathan: the reverse, in fact. I doubt very much that any Christian has called him that non-sarcastically. (It would be terribly blasphemous.) There’s a great deal of expectation surrounding what Obama is going to do (“Change! There’ll be change! Yay!”) and how he’s going to solve every problem – which is what the cartoon satirizes. And I sadly predict that, like with all other mortals who are acclaimed as a saviour, people are going to be very disappointed.
Disappointed indeed. For example:
I will say this much: Obama is a truly gifted orator, very good at giving people hope, and that’s a very useful skill for a political leader to have. And, in terms of the economy (which was a big issue for a lot of people in this election just past) it might actually be something that’s particularly needed right now. So as much as I don’t care for some of the other aspects of his politics, he might actually do some good in that regard. Time will tell.