President Obama is followed by Jesus Christ and Martin Luther King. Others in the top ten, in descending order, are Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Abraham Lincoln, John McCain, John F. Kennedy, Chesley Sullenberger and Mother Teresa.
The Harris Poll was conducted online among a sample of 2,634 U.S. adults (aged 18 and over) by Harris Interactive between January 12 and 19, 2009. The authors point out that when interpreting the results, one must keep in mind that these heroes were named spontaneously by those surveyed and they were not shown or read a list of people to choose from.
Note this poll was before President Obama’s innauguration day.
It is extremely disturbing when a politician who is best known for spending time in office running for a higher office is thought to be a greater hero than the professed savior of a majority of Americans. Placing all of one’s hopes in a single man, especially one so prone to displays of arrogance and egotism is dangerous. Obama’s touchstone campaign style is messianic imagery. He literally said at one of his speeches that his election will be the day the waters recede and the planet starts to heal.
Obama is not the first politician to use messianic imagery in tandem with impossible promises and a cult of personality. I don’t want to invoke Godwin’s Law, but lets just say the last time someone like this came along, the results were disatrous for the entire planet. This is terrifying.