The recent AP video clip embedded below seems to strike President Barack Obama off the potential list of people living today who might be the Antichrist.
In the clip, a heckler does a righteous prophet freak-out on President Obama, calling him “Antichrist.” President Obama handles the heckler with his characteristic grace and good humor, then says he agrees that “Jesus Christ is the Lord.”
The Antichrist certainly would never utter such words, would he?
Much as I like President Obama, I’m nevertheless uncomfortable about how contemporary politicians handle hecklers. It seems to be the standard response, regardless of party, for politicians to respond to hecklers as if they are completely unfazed; as if they are dismissing a barking miniature dog.
It’s kind of depressing. I’d like to see politicians be a bit more emotionally vulnerable and engaged with dissenters; a bit more pervious (as opposed to impervious). Of course, that would encourage more dissenters to act up if politicians tried to seriously engage them in dialogue all the time, so I understand why politicians don’t do it. But (what’s left of) our democracy is too cleanly managed by professionals. It’s actually nice to see any brave soul—even an eschatology obsessed whack-job like the man above—disrupt the script a little bit.
President Obama is not the Antichrist, but democracy in America has been hijacked by plutocrats—this incident happened at a fundraiser—and that’s something worth getting righteously angry about.