Projection: my personal President

Projection: n. the attribution of one’s own ideas, feelings, or attitudes to other people or to objects.

Personal: adj. intended for private use or use by one person.

So many of us rejoiced at Obama’s victory. African-Americans claimed him as their own, of course, but so did Kenyans, Hawaiians, progressives, ex-Republicans…    See Doonesbury:


And now, because he is one of us, we know that he shares OUR personal perspective, our hopes and fears, and like God, is at the ready to hear and attend to our prayers.

Of course, it doesn’t occur to us that no one can be all things to all people, not even God. I think about those football teams who huddle pre-game to pray for victory – and yet, one of those teams will lose the game.

Interestingly, the praying players don’t lose faith over this; they keep praying…

Will we have patience with President Obama when he cannot simultaneously end the war and “stay the course”? When he increases spending on our pet projects but raises our taxes?

The man has got enough on his plate without heaping him with all our projections. I say the better course would be to pray (if you’re the praying type) that he has the wisdom, strength and courage to do what needs to be done.

One response to “Projection: my personal President

  1. Well in his favour is the fact that he seems to put his frontal lobes to good use – instead of constantly banging them against a brick wall, as per the current US President.