New Show! P.I.D. Radio 1/25/09: The Rising


Does President Obama resemble Ancient Egyptian Pharoah Akhenaton?

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA have begun a new chapter with the inauguration of our first president of African descent. While we are genuinely glad to see this barrier finally broken, we are — as you might guess — skeptical of his ability to fix the economy, save our 401k, send our daughter to college, cure AIDS, reverse global warming, eliminate nuclear weapons, and bring peace to the world. Especially when you look at the people President Obama has brought on board to help him achieve these lofty goals.

We were also bothered by the blatant spiritual overtones of the “We Are One” concert last Sunday. U2’s Bono flat-out described the president as the answer to the world’s prayers, and the lyrics of Bruce Springsteen’s song “The Rising” were absolutely metaphysical. And creepy.

We also discussed an article by Amir Taheri that appeared last fall in Forbes. Taheri, author of ten books on Iran, the Middle East and Islam, wrote:

According to the tradition, Imam Ali Ibn Abi-Talib (the prophet’s cousin and son-in-law) prophesied that at the End of Times and just before the return of the Mahdi, the Ultimate Saviour, a “tall black man will assume the reins of government in the West.” Commanding “the strongest army on earth,” the new ruler in the West will carry “a clear sign” from the third imam, whose name was Hussein Ibn Ali. The tradition concludes: “Shiites should have no doubt that he is with us.”

In a curious coincidence Obama’s first and second names–Barack Hussein–mean “the blessing of Hussein” in Arabic and Persian. His family name, Obama, written in the Persian alphabet, reads O Ba Ma, which means “he is with us,” the magic formula in Majlisi’s tradition.

2009 promises to be an interesting year.


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