Oh, dear! Four years later, to the day, of insulting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, we see one of the strongest imprecations (curses) ever uttered against President Obama photographed. And he is bemused not realizing just what it means.
On JUNE 8, an official White House photo was released of a visit by several guests to the Oval Office four days earlier, on June 4.
In an article titled "Who do you think you are?: Chilean president justifies breaking protocol and sitting at Obama's desk by saying his daughter was born in America," we learn, dated June 8 (see note below), from Mail Online (emphasis mine):
President Sebastián Piñera of Chile broke White House protocol by sitting at President Barack Obama's desk during a Tuesday meeting to discuss bilateral trade arrangements. In an embarrassing faux pas, the 63-year-old billionaire sat down at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office on Tuesday, breaking the White House's political protocols. 'I'm going to sit at the President of the United States' desk,' Piñera said in front of a visibly surprised President Barack Obama.
Chile is a name that can mean "ends of the earth," "seagulls," "where the land ends," "cold, or "snow" (Chile, wikipedia)
On February 27, 2010, Conception, Chile, experienced an 8.8 magnitude earthquake, the 6th strongest ever on record. I wrote about it here.
We have two dates here of deep interest.
The first date is that of June 4.
The breach of protocol occurred on June 4, by a foreign president on his first official White House visit.
Flashback to June 4, 2009:
President Obama was in Cairo, Egypt, to give his first official speech on the Middle East, titled "A New Beginning," and it was his effort to reach out to the Muslim world. In that speech, Obama publicly rebuked Israel, and declared that their "settlements" were the stumbling blocks to peace.
The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. (Applause.) This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace. It is time for these settlements to stop. (Applause.)(excerpt, A New Beginning, transcript, emphasis mine)
He then declared that God had intended Jerusalem to be home to the "three great faiths," Jewish, Christian and Muslim -- that it was God's intention, thus His will.
Too many tears have been shed. Too much blood has been shed. All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear; when the Holy Land of the three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it to be; when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra — (applause) — as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus and Mohammed, peace be upon them, joined in prayer. (Applause.) (excerpt, A New Beginning, transcript, emphasis mine)
To commemorate his trip to Egypt, street vendors honored Obama with replica souvenirs of the "death mask" of King Tutankamen. The inscription on the masks proclaimed Obama to be the "New Tutankamen of the World."
King Tut actually had two names. His original name, Tutankhaten, meant "Living Image of Aten." Aten was an early representation of the ancient Egyptians' sun god. To the ancient Egyptians, the pharaoh, at his death, would rise to that sun to be subsumed by it.
The Aten, the sun-disk, is first referred to as a deity in The Story of Sinuhe from the 12th dynasty, in which the deceased king is described as rising as god to the heavens and uniting with the sun-disk, the divine body merging with its maker. By analogy, the term "silver aten" was sometimes used to refer to the moon. The solar Aten was extensively worshipped as a god in the reign of Amenhotep III, when it was depicted as a falcon-headed man much like Ra. In the reign of Amenhotep III's successor, Amenhotep IV, the Aten became the central god of Egyptian state religion, and Amenhotep IV changed his name to Akhenaten to reflect his close link with the new supreme deity. (Aten, wikipedia, emphasis mine)
Aten is closely associated with Ra, an early sun god to the ancient Egyptians.
Death mask of King Tut.
King Tut's second name was Tutankhamun, which meant "Living Image of Amun." Amun, like Aten, was also closely associated with Ra.
With Osiris, Amun-Ra is the most widely recorded of the Egyptian gods. As the chief deity of the Egyptian Empire, Amun-Ra also came to be worshipped outside of Egypt, in Ancient Libya and Nubia, and as Zeus Ammon came to be identified with Zeus in Ancient Greece. (Amun, wikipedia)
Obama not only had a death mask souvenir proclaiming an assocation with Ra. . . ,
but so did his campaign logo in 2008, which was that of the sun rising to the skies.
Here is the second date of interest -- June 8.
Four days later, on June 8, (again in 2009), Obama was photographed at his Oval Office desk speaking on the phone to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The photo drew shock from some and delight from others (Islamics) for Obama was shown with his feet on the desk as he spoke to Netanyahu. Several noted that this "official White House photo" was actually an insult to Netanyahu for in the Middle East it is considered a deep insult to point the soles of one's shoes toward another, especially when speaking. Others were quite dismayed that he would put his feet up on the desk at all, as it seems so disrespectful to the office, and to the American people.
Shortly thereafter, a strong thunderstorm ripped thru the area, toppling a linden tree outside the Oval Office. It brought to mind the tree Nebuchadnezzar saw in a dream which was cut down by a Watcher to symbolize the loss of his kingdom. I wrote about it here.
Now, in 2013, on June 8th, we have an official White House photo released of a foreign president sitting at Obama's Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, and the accompanying article notes that, though bemused, Obama was "visibly surprised," i.e., he didn't see it coming. It was a "blind side." (Just noted a coincidence of a "blind side" in yesterday's post, as well as a reference to death. It's also interesting to note that it was the finding of King Tut's tomb and an alleged curse to those who found it that, wikipedia notes, led to several "horror movies featuring a vengeful mummy," i.e. the "walking dead." )
What are the odds that four years after insulting the Israeli prime minister while sitting at his Oval Office desk and a linden tree falling a short time later symbolizing loss of power, that to the day, another picture is released showing Obama startled to find another man sitting at his desk?
Since early in President Obama's presidency, there has been a Bible verse invoked against Obama from Psalm 109. It has been on bumper stickers, sent in emails, posted at numerous websites, and even on billboards. Some people have even lost their jobs for quoting this verse. This verse is so closely associated with President Obama that it is called the "Obama Prayer." Now, we have just seen a photograph of it.
Let his days be few; and let another take his office. --Psalm 109:8.
Date corrected from June 4 to June 8, as picture was from the 4th, but the article was from the 8th.