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.