American Orthodox Institute | March 26, 2009
Archbishop Demetrios, leader of the largest Orthodox Christian jurisdiction in the United States, compared President Obama to Alexander the Great at a Greek Independence Day celebration at the White House. Politico, noting that the president got “a little unexpected flattery” from the hierarch about his crisis management skills, said the archbishop told Obama: “Following the brilliant example of Alexander the Great…you will be able to cut the Gordian knot of these unresolved issues.” The unexpected flattery was so over that top that it embarrassed the president and earned the archbishop a link on the Drudge Report.
Obama responded by making a face to the crowd, prompting laughter. And when he
took the mic, he speculated on what the compliment could do for him at home.
“I will tell Michelle I have been compared to Alexander the Great. I will see if
that gets me a little more respect,” said Obama, who conceded: “She’s still the
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