Some are comparing Satan from “The Bible” TV miniseries with President Obama.
President Barack Obama, already famous for having flies attracted to his face, is now the subject of devilish talk after Sunday night’s episode of “The Bible” miniseries on the History Channel.
Twitter exploded with comments from viewers who noticed an eerie similarity between the face of Mr. Obama and that of the Satan character, played by actor Mehdi Ouzaani.
Media giant Glenn Beck was among the first to make the connection, tweeting, “Anyone else think the Devil in #TheBible Sunday on History Channel looks exactly like That Guy?”
Beck refers to Obama as “that guy,” having vowed not to utter the name of the president in all of 2013.
Twitter user @Leah Christie, tweeted, “Oh my word…watching The History Channel’s The Bible…does Satan look familiar to anyone else?”
Other tweets include:
- @Hunt4Photos: “History channel/last night/show: The Bible. Why did Satan look just like President Obama? Pissed off man!”
- Slhappy Gilmore@KPOView: “I was so excited about #TheBible as it’s a way to bring it to life for all to see. But political statements like Satan=Obama, we lose.”
- Stephanie Jefferson@mittchick: “I am so relieved to know that my eyes and mind were not playing tricks on me when I thought Satan resembled OVictorJett Contreras@victorjett: WHA! Did the Bible miniseries on History Channel make the Devil look like Obama. This is not the first time some in the public have made a connection between evil in the Bible and President Obama.
On Nov. 5, 2008, the very night Obama was first elected president, the Illinois Pick 3 lottery number for the Evening Pick was 666, a number associated with “the beast” mentioned in the Book of Revelation.
In January of this year, WND reported how prophecy websites were having a field day with the worldwide attention Obama received for sparring with a fly.
President Obama with a fly on his face in January 2013
News reports recounted Obama’s long history of attracting flies during recorded interviews and speeches.
Religious and other websites used the headlines to point out that a biblical reference for Satan, the Semitic deity Beelzebub, literally translates from Hebrew into “Lord of the Flies.”
As Obama nominated two new members of his second administration on Jan. 24, a swarming fly stole the show.
“This guy is bothering me here,” said Obama, who repeatedly swatted at a large black fly buzzing near his face.
The London Telegraph noted a White House pool report said “the president spoke for about five minutes while being menaced by a house fly.”
This was not the president’s first brush with a fly while the cameras were rolling.
President Obama with a fly on his lip
In 2010, Obama halted a speech about health-care reform as a fly zipped around him.
During a June 2009 CNBC interview, Obama killed a fly on camera.
“Get out of here,” the president said with his eyes on the fly before the interview began. When the fly persisted, he killed it with a single blow.
“That was pretty impressive, wasn’t it?” said Obama of his feat. “I got the sucker.”
In a 2008 campaign appearance, Obama halted a local interview after a swarm of flies had gathered around him.
Those reaching to connect Obama’s fly troubles with the darkest biblical references won’t have much difficulty.
One name commonly used to refer to Satan is Beelzebub, which translates from Hebrew into “Lord of the Flies.”
A posting at the popular Free Republic Web forum discusses Beelzebub and asks, “Is the White House fly infestation evidence of demonic presence and influence there?”
The End Times blog named Obama the “Lord of the Flies.”
The blog connects Obama to Beelzebub, writing, “This really isn’t an academic question. The Lord of the Flies is real.”
Over at RevalationNow.net, a posting by “editorial staff” muses about whether Obama is possessed by a demonic entity.
“I feel like I am watching a horror movie and the secret evil character is revealed by the evil signs around him,” the post reads.
Beelzebub is first referenced in 2 Kings 1:2-3, 6, 16, in which Beelzebub is described as the god of the Philistine city of Ekron.
Jewish scholars have interpreted the title “Lord of Flies” as the Hebrew way of comparing followers of the Canaanite deity Baal to flies.
The name Beelzebub is found throughout the New Testament, mostly as a reference to the prince of demons.
In Mark 3:22, the Pharisees accuse Jesus of driving out demons by the power of Beelzebub, prince of demons. The name also appears in the expanded version in Matthew 12:24, 27 and Luke 11:15, 18-19.
Beelzebub also makes a cameo as the prince of demons in the Testament of Solomon, a Hellenistic Jewish text.
The extended trailer for “The Bible” miniseries can be seen by clicking on the video below:
Another picture from the first episode.
Here is the actor who played Satan. His name is Mehdi Ouazzani.
UPDATE (March 18): The History Channel says in a statement Monday:
HISTORY channel has the highest respect for President Obama. The series was produced with an international and diverse cast of respected actors. It’s unfortunate that anyone made this false connection. HISTORY’s ‘The Bible’ is meant to enlighten people on its rich stories and deep history.”
“The Bible” Executive Producers, Mark Burnett & Roma Downey said Monday:
“This is utter nonsense. The actor who played Satan, Mehdi Ouzaani, is a highly acclaimed Moroccan actor. He has previously played parts in several Biblical epics– including Satanic characters long before Barack Obama was elected as our President.
“The Bible” Executive Producer Roma Downey adds:
Both Mark and I have nothing but respect and love our President, who is a fellow Christian. False statements such as these are just designed as a foolish distraction to try and discredit the beauty of the story of The Bible.”
The History channel’s “The Bible” unleashes a progressive firestorm with an Obama look-alike depicted as Satan. pic.twitter.com/JjvWNif3cS
Watching The Bible series on the History channel and noticed the guy playing the role of satan, looks strikingly similar to Obama…#KREEPY
Just caught 5 minutes of #TheBible on History Channel… Satan looks like Obama– say what?!
Oh my ! Watching the Bible on history channel. Satan looks like Obama. Who ever played satan looks like Obama…. CREEPY #tcot
The Bible on the History channel portrayed the temptation of Christ in the desert and satan looked exactly like Barack Obama. Coincidence?
Lmfao! The guy that plays Satan in the TV series “The Bible” looks exactly like Obama!