“The Bible,” a popular new History Channel miniseries, is not my cup of tea – and not because of a lack of religiosity of which I am guilty.
This production may well work as a proselytizing device for the average reality-TV consumer. Pop-productions, courtesy of the star of “Touched by an Angel,” however, are less effective with those who’ve studied the Hebrew Bible – perhaps the greatest literary work ever – in the language in which it was written.
Interesting, though, are the recognizable facial features of the actor who plays the antagonist in the series.
James Poniewozik of Time magazine has pointed out, sarcastically, that “a raft of viewers – including noted biblical scholar Glenn Beck – claimed that the show’s version of Satan bore a striking resemblance to” Barack Obama.
Their dark foreboding excepted, the facial features of the actor who plays Satan in “The Bible” do resemble Obama’s.
Moroccan actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni is well cast in the role of “The Bible’s” Prince of Darkness. As expected, Mehdi Ouazanni as Satan looks sinister. However, while the contours of Ouazanni’s face bear a striking likeness to Obama’s, the president usually takes care to face Americans – a people who take everything at face value – sunny side up only.
He may be a man of many masks, but President Obama’s face is generally bereft of the pall of evil that blankets Beelzebub’s face in “The Bible.”
There was an exception big media failed to notice, because of the providential prism through which they view (and filter) Barack Obama.
Quite recently, Obama let the very darkness that blackens Ouazanni’s face in “The Bible” deform his own features. This happened during the National Prayer Breakfast, in the course of Dr. Ben Carson’s keynote address.
The breakfast took place before the Republicans commenced a “slobbering love affair” with Dr. Carson, an accomplished and affable African-American, who serves as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
The “Shock Doc,” as Ben Carson has since been dubbed by media, launched his Republican political career by “diagnosing the spiritual condition of the country,” his words, at the National Prayer Breakfast, with an unsuspecting President Obama in attendance.
Needless to say, political sermonizing crept into Carson’s splendidly accessible narrative. The good doctor spoke stirringly against unanimity of speech and thought (political correctness) and for a return to a unity of purpose to be found in the country’s founding principles.
Was anyone watching the president’s face during The Other Brother’s Prayer-Breakfast remarks? Well before Dr. Carson addressed the collapse of other “pinnacle nations” before America, through “moral decay” and “fiscal irresponsibility,” an ugly expression enveloped the president’s features, Dorian-Gray style. See for yourself.
The more uplifting, inspiring and inclusive Dr. Carson’s message grew, the more ominous Obama’s face became.
Adjacent to the president, two manicured hands applauded wildly throughout the first 18 minutes of Dr. Carson’s remarks. Those slender fingers belonged to first lady Michelle Obama, who had not been caught in the beam of the camera.
Abruptly, Mrs. Obama ceased clapping – washing her hands of the rapt Dr. Carson – when he evoked Jesus Christ as his role model.
Indisposed as I am to superstition or conspiracy, the dynamics at that National Prayer Breakfast were nevertheless intriguing.
For all his faults, Martin Luther King – no hero of mine – was nothing like the bent and brutally divisive Mr. Obama and the black community’s other corrupt race agitators and hustlers.
Said Martin Luther King: “It is a simple matter of justice that America, in dealing creatively with the task of raising the Negro [MLK's words] from backwardness [MLK's words], should also be rescuing a large stratum of the forgotten white poor.”
Said Dr. Ben Carson on America’s system of racial subsidies and subventions: “If we’re talking about applying to Yale University and, you know, my son is applying and, you know, the son of coal miner who got killed in a mine, who’s been working since he was 12 to help support for the family, is applying, and they have similar academic records, I’m going to give the edge to the coal miner’s son because he’s had a much harder road. … It should not be attached to any ethnicity.”
So what was it that bedeviled Barack Obama during the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast? What, do you suppose, accounted for the president’s splenetic expression on that day?
Perhaps Barack Obama recognized in Dr. Carson a certain fairness and goodness he is without.