'Out of the dark and into the light' - Thanks, Barry
There's only one word to describe this statement by Michelle Obama: The word is creepy:
"I am so in," Michelle Obama said toward the end of her remarks. "I am going to be working so hard. We have an amazing story to tell. This president has brought us out of the dark and into the light."
The crowd of nearly 450 folks applauded as the first lady likened her husband to a Jesus-like figure.
In the book of Matthew, we read, "the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up." (Matthew 4:16) The phrase is used to describe the words Jesus preached.
In Micah, light, however, is a reference to God's words. "Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me," it says in Micah 7:8.
Either way, in religious terms, light is used to denote the true path, presented either by God or a savior. Or by Barack Obama.
Yes, this is a political campaign and exaggeration, hyperbole, even lies are acceptable discourse - within certain limits.
One of those limits is that it is an absolute no-no to infer powers far beyond those of mortal men when describing your spouse. I wouldn't go so far and claim that Mrs. Obama was comparing her husband to Jesus. But her statement hints at a Moses like quality in the president that deifies him in a very uncomfortable way.
Like I said - creepy.