Man on a high horse

Barack Obama speech to those assembled at the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday represents the nadir of his presidency. The White House has posted the text of the speech here.

John and Paul have provided devastating assessments of Obama’s speech here and here, respectively. I can’t improve on them. I want only to add this note.

We see events spinning out of control in the Middle East. We see our efforts in Iraq thrown away by the president. We see the slaughter in Syria. We see the rise of the Islamic State. We see the flourishing or al Qaeda. We see mad mullahs of Iran on the march. We see Obama facilitating the mullahs’ efforts and enhancing their power. He seems not to care or to understand that they have never given up the fight against the United States since their ascension to power in 1979. We see the president and his subordinates going to ludicrous extremes to avoid mention of the devil that drives our enemies. We see that the president has become a laughingstock and an object of contempt around the world.

And yet we see him talking down to us with the arrogance and condescension that have become his trademarks. Unto him is vouchsafed a vision and he is its messenger. He is the prophet and object of his own religion.

It is jarring to hear him talk of “Christ” as though he believes in a power higher than himself. But then he speaks only of “Christ” to humble Christians. He speaks of “Christ” to tout “Obama” or, as he calls it, his own “faith journey.”

Obama’s “faith journey” results in a warning to us not to “get on our high horse.” The high horse is reserved for Obama. Obama’s doctrine places himself above us. It is the vantage from which he looks down on us and lectures us and hectors us. He is the prophet of his worship of himself. Obama is not the man on a white horse; Obama is preeminently the the man on a high horse.

UPDATE: Michael Ramirez is more concise than I am, but we’re thinking along the same lines.

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