While U.S. presidents may very well be the most powerful individuals on earth, the operative phrase is "on earth," but a string of incidents has developed in which Barack is credited with much, much more.
The latest is an online video in which a young boy appears to be praying TO Obama.
Not for him. Not about him. TO him.
"Thank you for all the stuff that you helped us with. Thank you for taking the courage and all the responsibility for everything you have done for us. And God has gave you special powers and you are going to handle it just fine," the boy prays.
In a report on Caintv.com, a site featuring onetime GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, Robert Laurie wrote: "If you thought that Barack Obama was just a mortal man elected to a temporary position in office, you thought wrong. According to this video, he's much, much, more than that. He is a divine instrument, replete with God-given 'special powers.'"
Laurie reported the video was posted by the boy's mother, identified by YouTube as Regina Young. The description reads: “The prayer that he wanted to say for our President is priceless.”
The reaction from YouTube viewers to the boy’s prayer has been disproportionately negative.
One commenter summed up the feelings of many: "Well, that was disturbing."
“You should be ashamed of yourself for teaching your child that it is acceptable to pray to a man, and not God,” one commenter wrote. “Especially a man hell bent on destroying our nation. Stop breeding..immediately.”
“Disgusting. Pray for this poor child’s soul,” another said.
Another: “Thank you for a free obama phone, thank you for having millions of Americans on food stamps, thank you for an economy that is in the crapper…Should I go on? Oh yeah and thanks for me and my wife being first unemployed and now underemployed.”
Todd Starnes at Fox News wondered at the kind of parent who would allow a child to be recorded in such a prayer.
But it's far from the first transcendent reference to Obama.
A few months back WND reported talk radio icon Rush Limbaugh said that for the Democratic Party, there's "nothing better; Obama is the messiah."
"This is part of the Limbaugh Theorem. His supporters simply are incapable of attaching negative motives to him," Limbaugh explained. "It's not going to happen, which is my point. They're wedded to Obama for a host of reasons, ideological loyalty, race, hatred of conservatism. They are going to support anything that denies us any kind of a real or perceived victory."
In a WND column, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson wrote: "President Barack Obama is the most divisive man to ever occupy the White House –period! Yet, 95 percent of black Americans worship him as if he's the messiah. Why?"
He noted Hollywood personality Jamie Foxx's comment at the Soul Train Awards: "Thank God, and our lord and savior, Barack Obama!"
Peterson continued: "Most black preachers and leaders secretly agree with Jamie Foxx, which is why there was no outcry from these people. Never mind that Obama stands for everything that is godless, i.e.: unfettered abortions, class warfare, amnesty for illegals, legalizing same-sex marriage, revoking DADT (weakening the U.S. Armed Forces) and lack of resolve in his support for Israel."
WND reported an observant reporter at a Democratic National Convention came across a shocking bit of "kitsch" for sale that said God so loved the world, He sent us … Barack Obama.
"The Cult of Obama staggers on," wrote David Weigel of Slate.com. "The streets near the convention zone are dotted with vendors selling for-us-by-us Obama merch [sic]."
Among the available merchandise, Weigel came across a photo calendar attributed to James Hickman and offered by a man who reportedly claimed to be Hickman's nephew.
Most of the calendar's months are filled with complimentary photos of Obama and factoids about the history of black Americans. However, for the August entry – the month of Obama's birth – the photo features the short-form birth certificate originally purported to be Obama's and the words, "Heaven Sent: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life – John 3:16."
The calendar page, with Obama's purported birth certificate and a separate photo of sunlight streaming down on the sitting president's profile, seems to suggest the "heaven sent" one is not Jesus, but Obama.
And as WND has reported, the adoration of Obama has often strayed into near deification.
"Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus," the Dutch newspaper Politiken opined in 2009.
The editorial, written on the occasion of a legislative vote in favor of Obama's plan for a health care takeover by the government, asserted "the right of every American not to be financially shipwrecked when their health fails" as well as the "biggest ever financial support package in America's history, a major disarmament agreement and the quickest-ever re-establishment of American reputation."
"On the other hand, we have Jesus' miracles that everyone still remembers, but which only benefited a few. At the same time, we have the wonderful parables about his life and deeds that we know from the New Testament, but which have been interpreted so differently over the past 2000 years that it is impossible to give an unequivocal result of his work," the newspaper said.
"In many ways, he's sent from God, because the world's a mess," he said in interview with the Associated Press.
Earlier, it was an associate editor at a college newspaper who wrote, "Obama is my Jesus."
Maggie Mertens, the associate editor at the campus paper at Massachusetts' Smith College, said: "Obama is my homeboy. And I'm not saying that because he's black – I'm saying that in reference to those Urban Outfitters T-shirts from a couple years ago that said, 'Jesus is my homeboy.' Yes, I just said it. Obama is my Jesus."
Her confession came in the Smithsophian's commentary section under the headline: "I Will Follow Him: Obama As My Personal Jesus."
"While you may be overtly religious and find this to be idol-worshiping, or may be overtly politically correct and just know that everything in that sentence could be found offensive, I'm afraid it's true anyway," she wrote.
"The Truth" by Michael D'Antuono
Also, an artist who planned to unveil a portrait of Obama in a Christ-like pose with a crown of thorns upon his brow canceled the event due to "overwhelming public outrage."
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, meanwhile, declared when Obama talks, "the messiah is absolutely speaking."
The site featured WND's on-site coverage of an Obama campaign rally in Seattle that captured the overwhelming adoration of his followers, who witnessed the candidate toss a bottle of water to a woman who had fainted and order the masses to part so she could receive care.
The messiah website was topped by an Obama quote strategically ripped from a Jan. 7, 2008, speech at Dartmouth College just before the New Hampshire Primary in which he told students: "A light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany, and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote" for Obama.
The site included this:
OBAMA BE THY NAME
THY CHANGE WILL COME
THY WILL BE DONE ...