But can he walk on water?

According to the Hebrew Bible, Moses enlisted divine assistance to part the Red Sea and allow the Israelites to pass through it. King Canute is known to legend as the monarch whose courtiers told him he could command the sea. He is also known as the king who could not stop the sea but stemmed the Viking tide. And now Barack Obama claims the possession of powers that leave them in the dust.

At the end of his victory speech last night in St. Paul, Obama declared that we would be able to look back on his election to the presidency as “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” Lest you think this seems a bit presumptuous, he also noted that he makes this claim “with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations.”

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