The Power of Obama Jesus

I thought this piece from Stanley Fish was hilarious and full of really nice rhetoric:

What’s going on here? I find an answer in a most unlikely place, John Milton’s “Paradise Regained,” a four-book poem in which a very busy and agitated Satan dances around a preternaturally still Jesus until, driven half-crazy by the response he’s not getting, the arch-rebel (i.e., maverick) loses it, crying in exasperation, “What dost thou in this world?”

Now, I don’t mean to suggest that McCain is the devil or that Obama is the Messiah (although some of his supporters think of him that way), just that the rhetorical strategies the two literary figures employ match up with the strategies employed by the two candidates. What Satan wants to do is draw Jesus out, provoke him to an unwisely exasperated response, get him to claim too much for his own powers. What Jesus does is reply with an equanimity conveyed by the adjectives and adverbs that preface his words: “unaltered,” “temperately,” “patiently,” “calmly,” “unmoved,” “sagely,” “in brief.”

Check the whole thing out.

NOTE:  Comments that imply that I or ‘liberals’ think Obama is actually Jesus or even supernatural in any way, if not clearly satirical in nature, won’t see the light of day.  And they will raise my blood pressure.

h/t TM

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One Comment on “The Power of Obama Jesus”

  1. Tim Says:

    So liberals don’t think Obama is the messiah? You’re too young to have high blood pressure. 😉


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