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Last night at an awards show, Jamie Foxx referred to President Obama as “our Lord and Savior,” saying: “First of all, giving honor to God and our Lord and Savior Barack Obama.” His phrase, made in jest, is causing ire among conservatives who feel the comparison between Obama and Christ is highly inappropriate.

Jamie Foxx’s comment should be taken with a grain of salt. He is a comedian by trade and is paid to be humorous, ironic and even a bit controversial. But naysayers believe his joke points to a larger problem of Hollywood hero-worship of President Obama.

In some corners, the President is idolized because of his penchant for public speaking, charming demeanor, loving family, good looks and rags-to-riches upbringing. His 2008 campaign, which hinged on the theme of change, led some to believe he was a mythical superhero sent to miraculously pull our economy out of a recession, fight for the poor and end a costly and widely unpopular war.

It’s that perception of Obama that’s behind Jamie Foxx’s sarcastic joke and also at the root of much of the criticism about the public’s admiration of the President.

What do you think of Jamie Foxx’s comment, Clutchettes? Was it inappropriate? Do people idolize President Obama and put him on an unrealistic pedestal?

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  • I don’t think that of Obama. He is a man, after all AND furthermore he is a politician. What Jamie said is his opinion. I have another Lord and Savior in mind when I reference those words and it ain’t the POTUS. *kanye shrug*

    • Doris

      SARCASM. Not everything should be taken so literally.

    • Joy

      Kanyade: It was a joke. Sometimes people forget that Jamie is also a comedian.

    • thx for clarifying :) “but, still”

  • binks

    This country has 99 problems and this joke shouldn’t be one…NEXT! Do I think people idolize President Obama and the first family…of course like most public figures but I don’t think people put him on the same standards as Jesus Christ let’s be serious.
    This is making a mountain out of an anthill.

  • hmmmmm

    The best comedy is often painted in truth. You ever watch black folks at an Obama rally, or watch black folks defend him against folks who, you know, question what he is doing (voters) in their interest? Jaimie know Obama is not Jesus. But Foxx knows what he’s saying. I got the joke.

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