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Is Barack Obama Secretly a Zen Buddhist Master?

June 13, 2009

From Politics Daily

From the angry fringe right of America, we sometimes hear confused yelling about how Barack Obama is secretly a Kenyan, or a Muslim, or an intellectual, or an elitist, or a talented writer and speaker, or a very successful man with a seemingly happy family life, or a rich and powerful leader, or a thoughtful man or even the important fictional space alien, Mr. Spock — basically, everything that the rapidly aging and increasingly isolated Republican voter is not.

This is a tactic that says a lot more about the accuser than the accused, but there’s no denying that in Barack Obama, the nation once again has an exceptional, almost otherworldly individual serving as president. And after two solid decades of bumbling Bushes and sleazy Clintons occupying the White House, the very idea of a president who is better than you is almost too weird to accept.

Yet presidents — the good ones, at least — are supposed to be extraordinary. Even if they came from humble beginnings, the great presidents were great because they transcended the petty squabbles and backstabbing of the political process and managed to do tremendous things, with dignity.

But Obama’s actions and personality suggest he is something far more foreign to the common American than a Muslim or a Kenyan. He may actually be a Zen Master, operating on a level so far above regular people that we can only hope to gain a bit of enlightenment from his calm demeanor.

While most Americans have only learned from one master — the wise green monster muppet “Yoda” in the Star Wars saga — they may eventually learn mindfulness, conflict resolution and anger management from our own president of Zen.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2009 1:39 pm

    We were just musing about this at the Shambhala Sun blog.

    http://www.shambhalasun.com/sunspace/?p=9826

    J.

  2. M3T4L M0NK permalink
    June 14, 2009 10:27 pm

    No offense taken! I’m hoping he’ll do great things as well. I’m personally just a stickler for hearing both sides of a case, but I liked the analogy. Where’d you find the article?

  3. June 14, 2009 2:17 pm

    Well, I am kind of biased towards Obama, I think the man will do great things for this country. I thoroughly enjoyed the article, and apologize if it offends people. That’s the great thing about this country though, we can have our own websites and our own biases based on our freedom of speech. Again, not meaning to offend, but this blog isn’t affiliated with Fox News so you’ll more than likely never see a counterpoint against our president, Barack Obama, unless his policies shift and I don’t agree with the shift.

  4. M3T4L M0NK permalink
    June 14, 2009 12:58 am

    A an independent, I found this really politically biased. Too many compliments for the guy and not enough counterpoints.

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