For the last four years, a majority of the electorate seems to be confused as to whether it voted for a president or a god. There are times when I believe the president himself isn’t quite sure.
On June 4, 2008, after winning well over the 2,117 delegate votes necessary for a majority at the Democratic National Convention, then-candidate Barack Obama proclaimed, “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and the planet began to heal.”
Heady words indeed. I thought at the time it was more the pronouncement of a divine god than the mere vision of a mortal politician. Apparently, I wasn’t alone in that assessment.
Before long, school children were singing and chanting praises to the president. Who can forget “Barack! Hussein! Obama! Hmm! Hmm! Hmm!”
It wasn’t just children who sang his praises; so did the Nobel Prize Committee, which awarded the president the Nobel Peace Prize shortly after he assumed office. Obama received this high honor not for anything he’d actually done, but for what the Nobel committee expected he would do in the future.
He’s even praised in the art world. A painting titled “Truth” by Michael D’Antuono is part of a larger exhibit called “Artists on the Stump – the Road to the White House 2012.” It depicts Obama on the cross and is on display at the Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery in Boston.
Unlike mere mortals who have to work and struggle to achieve anything worthwhile, a god merely has to “say it is so.”
While trying to pass his “Great Society” legislation into law, Lyndon Johnson was said to have invited each party’s leaders to the White House. He kept Democrats in one room and Republicans in another and ran back and forth between the two until a bill was hammered out.
A god doesn’t have to go through all that. The current president has replaced the “give and take” of compromise with the finality of “take it or leave it.” And then, more often than not, Congress leaves it, a governmental authority such as the Environmental Protection Agency is granted a little more power or another presidential pen comes out to sign another executive order.
A disagreement with a mortal is called a healthy difference of opinion. A disagreement with a god amounts to blasphemy. The president’s supporters don’t call it blasphemy because that would be, well, blasphemous. So the word “racist” is substituted.
Actor and musician Jamie Foxx called President Obama “our lord and savior” at the Soul Train Awards 2012 on Sunday in Las Vegas, Nev.
When a Roman general, victorious from the wars, rode through the streets of the Eternal City amid the clamorous, adoring throngs of citizens, two slaves accompanied him. One drove the chariot and the second repeated in the general’s ear, “Thou art mortal” and “all glory is fleeting.” We need to find someone to remind the president of this.