Wednesday, June 03, 2009

The New Tutankhamen?

The trinket makers have a new souvenir for tourists. It appears to be a plaque with a low quality copy of the mask of King Tut at the top, some hieroglyphics at the bottom, and a message, in English, written across the center.

Obama, New Tutankhamen of the World.

(Of course, they leave off the comma. This is Egypt, you know, and trinket makers are not scholars.)

Well, is that all he is? Is Obama really like Pharaoh Tutankhamen? For goodness' sake, why would he want to be? The fabled Pharaoh left this earth in his late teenage years, having accomplished little of note besides leaving pretty tomb goods that managed to escape plundering for a few thousand years.

But really, what did King Tut do of note? Not a whole lot.

Now, if the tourist trinkets said something like the following:

Obama, New Ramses the Great of the World.

...I would indeed be concerned, because this Pharaoh was a ruler in every sense of the word. Not a piker like young King Tut.

I'm OK with the King Tut reference. Let's keep it that way. Maybe the trinket makers know something we don't.


Faust said...

It is thought Tutankhamen was killed by a blow to the back of his head shortly after he took power and many historians claim his wife was the one who had him done in.

Elsinore said...

In declaring himself a kind of world emperor, our Mohammadan president has already reached the point of hubris and will surely have a sour end, I just pray that he will not take the rest of us with him.

Great article.

Laurel Loflund said...

Thanks, Elsinore, for the compliment.

Perhaps the big O has declared himself not a world emperor, but a "god king" like the pharaohs. I think I saw a t-shirt like that over at

God bless,