NPR Writer Clings to 2008: Compares Obama to Jesus


President Obama has his problems these days, but one of them isn’t still being able to find true believers at NPR:

The realities of governing as opposed to the unrealities of presidential campaigns may have made President Obama a much more human figure compared with the almost messiah-like status he had in the eyes of many supporters in 2008.

But that doesn’t mean there still isn’t the occasional moment reminiscent of a Bible story.

At a rally on the campus of North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C. Wednesday where President Obama went to drum up support for his jobs bill, this happened.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you, Barack!

THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Applause.) But first — but if you love me — if you love me, you got to help me pass this bill. (Applause.) If you love me, you got to help me pass this bill.

Here’s John 21:15, the New International Version, describing a scene between Jesus and his disciples:

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

But in the Bible, the “lambs” Jesus refers to aren’t exclusively representatives of Big Labor.

I’m flipping through the Bible right now, and so far I haven’t been able to find any instances where Jesus said, “pass this jobs bill!” It’s got to be in here somewhere though.