Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hyperbole Loves Company

From Politico:
At the White House’s celebration of Greek Independence Day Wednesday afternoon, President Obama got a little unexpected flattery from Archbishop Demetrios, the head of the Greek Orthodox Church in the United States

Listing a series of challenges Obama will need to deal with as president, Demetrios predicted: Demetrios to Obama: "Following the brilliant example of Alexander the Great...you will be able to cut the Gordian knot of these unresolved issues."

Obama responded by making a face to the crowd, prompting laughter. And when he took the mic, he speculated on what the compliment could do for him at home.
Oh, well, it could have been worse; at least the Archbishop didn't compare him to...well, you know. And Alexander didn't have a particularly good relationship with his father, either, so maybe there are some possible points of comparison.

One could have wished that we were done with all the grandiose comparisons of Obama to the historic great ones of the past. But get a little bit of historical hyperbole going, and it's hard to stop. So far Obama has been compared to Jesus, Alexander the Great, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Abraham Lincoln; that's a lot to live up to for one man.

One thing is certain--were Obama to speak to a group of Muslim-Americans, there's no chance they'd let their emotions get the better of them, and compare him to their major religious leader, no matter how flattered and pleased they were to be in the presence of The One. Some things just aren't done, you know.

1 comment:

Francisco said...

Perhaps a comparison with Gorgias would've been more apt.

Although the Alexandrian link preserves the fitting theme of unrelenting ambition and believing one's own divinity... hmm, maybe Archbishop Demetrios was on to something?