Here are the notes from President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team’s interview of a bold "non-partisan" choice, who came highly recommended, for a cabinet position:
Jesus of Nazareth.
8.) Briefly describe the most controversial matters you have been involved in during the course of your career.
Lots here, unfortunately. Healed sick on Sabbath. (Big plus when we tackle healthcare reform.) Plucked ears of grain on Sabbath. (Will farming lobby be offended?) Spoke to Samaritan woman. (Samaritan-American vote is close to nil, except in blue states we own.) Chased businessmen from the Temple in Jerusalem. (Might be huge help in current anti-business climate.) Also, they were selling turtledoves. (Hello, PETA votes!) Unfortunately, charged with (I think) sedition by Roman government. Ask Berlusconi for details?
61.) Do you have any association with any person, group or business venture that could be used...to impugn your character.
Prostitutes, sinners, tax collectors. Also: formerly "possessed" people. Freaky actually, though to hear him describe it, they were pretty nice people, post-exorcism.
James Martin, SJ