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US President Barack Obama responds to a question during a press conference at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, March 01 2013. Source: EPA/SHAWN THEW

There are many people who dislike US President Barack Obama for a whole host of reasons. In their eyes, his failures are nearly innumerable: during his tenure, he has not supported the Syrian revolution, taken a perplexing position towards Bashar Al-Assad’s regime, supported the state of Israel, empowered the Muslim Brotherhood in the Arab world, and conspired to overthrow the previous regimes in Arab Spring states and incite domestic chaos. In addition to this, there are those who hate him as a result of America’s controversial drone program, which kills without any oversight, his failure to support the black civil rights movement, and even his recent targeting of North Korea and its capital, Pyongyang.

And that is not to mention those who view him as an American cipher whose main aim was to silence the Muslims and the Third World following the controversial presidency of George W. Bush and the fierce confrontational positions he took towards the Islamic world. If you hate Obama for any of the above reasons, or indeed any reason not mentioned, then you may be glad to know that you are not alone.

Based on an online poll, Britain’s Guardian newspaper carried the following headline a few days ago: “One in four Americans think Obama may be the Antichrist, survey says.”

The report revealed that this poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, showed that just 73% of people were able to say outright that they did not think that Obama is the Antichrist. In the same survey, 28% of respondents admitted that they believe in a sinister, global New World Order conspiracy aimed at ruling the whole world through authoritarian government.

Some people may be shy to admit such views in public, but as this poll amply demonstrates, they should not be afraid, as there are millions who share their beliefs.

In the same poll of American citizens, 7% believed that the moon landings had been staged, while 4% accept that “shape-shifting alien reptilian people control our world by taking on human form.”

There are no limits to the bizarre ideas that people hold, and it is only natural for them to go beyond what they hear in the media and from the public, not to mention what the subjects of these conspiracy theories say themselves. This is because such incidents have a clear impact on the ground, directly impacting the people themselves who must try to understand what is happening as best they can. Let us look at the 9/11 attacks, for example. There are people who continue to believe that they were the result of a conspiracy, and even differ over the precise nature of this. For example, Egyptian journalist Mohamed Hassanein Heikal claimed that the Serbians were responsible, while others point the finger at America’s military-industrial complex, the CIA, and the Jews.

The same applies to the Arab Spring: was it part of a precise and well-planned conspiracy related to a secret world government, as believed by some Americans? Or was this a natural occurrence, partly spontaneous and partly pre-planned?

In any case, it is difficult to convince people of the truth when they are enthralled by such ideas, particularly if the official story continues to have unknown or mysterious dimensions. What is certain is that Barack Obama is no longer being viewed in the same manner as he was before. The fantasy image that was put forward during his first presidential campaign has been broken; people viewed him as a knight on a noble steed come to rescue America—and indeed the whole world—from injustice and tyranny. It is unfortunate that Obama, who is known as an avid BlackBerry user, is president during this super-fast digital age, which has seen his fantasy image evaporate quickly to be replaced an equally false negative image where he has been cast in the role of Antichrist.