Faultless or Flawed?

Could it be that we are setting President Obama up for failure? Don’t get me wrong, I think Obama is very inspiring and I actually believe that he is going to try to follow up on the things he said. I also expect him to go down in history as one of our greatest presidents. However, my point is that all he can really do is try to follow up on the things he said. And there are some areas that I agree with him strongly, and some other areas where I think he is off the mark. Yet as I hear our President being talked about on the news and on the corner, he is often talked about as though he is Perfect. It is as though he has been ascribed Divine characteristics in the midst of our troubling economic times. This often happens to great people when they die, like Martin Luther King for example has become larger than life. People now want to dispute any human wrong mentioned in reference to him, because his legacy has become larger than life, especially after he died.

A huge problem for President Obama is that he is not dead, but rather he is alive and just beginning his presidency. He is bound to slip and make a mistake a time or two in his presidency. What will be the reactions of the people who thought they were following a God-Man, and instead found out he was just human after all. It’s a mighty big fall when you let people lift you up so high. How can we stop seeing him as Divine even as we continue to support and pray for him? Are we instantly seen as opposed to him if we critique him as a man and hold him accountable as a man? Flow with me on this, do ya agree or disagree?


  1. KG · February 7, 2009

    I think those who critique him are treated as the fringe.
    I also think that many will never see his mistakes because they are so convinced in their mind that he can do no wrong. This is the scary part. He could lead us off a cliff and many would walk right off after him like the dumb sheep who don’t know how to think for himself.
    I expect Obama to be a great leader in many respects (I have some major concerns as well), but even great leaders make mistakes.

  2. the wordsmith · February 7, 2009

    In regards to President Obama’s flaws and mistakes (past, present and future) some folks I’ve talked to have this attitude: “So what if he (Obama) messes up? White Presidents been messin’ up for years. It’s our turn.”

    Obama mania is not just about him, it’s even filtering down. A couple of sisters who watched the inauguration on TV remarked to me that they didn’t particularly like one of Michelle’s outfits. I happened to mention it to someone who went to the inauguration and is a staunch Obama supporter. You’d have thought that i said something bad about Jesus.

    I believe he’s going to do a lot of good, and I too take issue with some of the things he has already done. We all know the inevitable end of deifying a man. No good can come of it- not for us, or for him.

    God is my source. The job is a conduit. If I lose the job, God will open another conduit. Like Daniel in the Old Testament, I expect to be blessed regardless of who is in the White House. President Obama may prove to be one of the greatest men who ever led this country, but he’ll still be a man.

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