I haven’t said a lot about the upcoming administration since the election. While I did have some commentary right after that fateful night, I have deliberately turned from devotion to politics and instead have emphasized Biblical principles and the type of spirit God wants to instill within us.
I will, however, return to commentary on the new administration as it takes shape. Later this week, I hope to offer some thoughts on people Obama plans to appoint to his cabinet.
Today, though, I am struck by one thought: the continuing pride/arrogance of the man we have elected. During the campaign, he was criticized for the seal that began to appear on his podium. It looked just like the official presidential seal, yet he was not yet elected to that office. It became a source of ridicule, so it disappeared from the campaign trail (and rightly so).
Now he is at it again. Has anyone else noticed the new sign that graces his podium? I’m surprised that few commentators have said anything about this.
Never in the history of modern American politics, as least not in my memory or base of knowledge, has the president-elect chosen to create what appears to be an official “office” celebrating his status. Some may say I’m being too picky here, but frankly, I have been stunned by what might be the highest level of hubris since the worst moments of the Clinton presidency. Yes, Obama declares that there is only one president at a time, going on record that George Bush still maintains that role, but to me, he is sending a signal with a sign like this. He is attempting to push himself up alongside the current president in the eyes of the American people. It’s as if he is saying, “I’m already here. I’m the one you should be focusing on now.”
I’m open to seeing real humility, but it has been glaringly absent thus far. Of course, real humility–not the type that is pumped up for the cameras–can only come from a genuine acknowledgement of sin and true repentance. If that should occur in Obama’s life, then, and only then, will we witness the real thing.