A calendar that compares Barack Obama to Jesus Christ may not get too much media play. It could be an uncomfortable reminder of the time when journalists, such as Evan Thomas, compared the President to "God."
One of the hottest selling items at the Democratic National Convention is a 2013 calendar titled "Keep the Dream" that features 16 flattering photos of the First Family and their dogs. In honor of the President's birth month, a picture of Obama's birth certificate was used for August. The caption read "Heaven Sent" and proceeded to quote John 3:16 underneath, as if he were the actual Messiah.
The adoration of Obama has often strayed into near deification.
In 2008, Chris Matthews experienced a near-religious sensation, famously touting a "thrill" going up his leg after listening to an Obama speech.
An editorial in the Dutch newspaper Politiken declared “Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus”.
Recording artist Sting thought the President was the "divine answer" to all of the world's problems. “In many ways, he’s sent from God, because the world’s a mess,” he said in an interview with the Associated Press at the time.
Now convicted criminal and author James Hickman has designed his second Obama-centric calendar. The predecessor titled "It's Been A Long Time Coming" reportedly sold over one million copies in 2009. The new one seems to be selling well too. Amazon is "temporarily out of stock" of the $15 calendar at the moment.
"The cult of Obama staggers on," wrote Slate's David Weigel comparing the two conventions after seeing the calendar. "Real passion eludes Mitt Romney. He's like the median presidential candidate -- his base will vote for him, but not venerate him."
Mark Hemingway of the Weekly Standard pointed out that it isn't official campaign merchandise, "but it pretty clearly speaks to the fact the Obama cult of personality is going strong," he said.
"If Hickman thinks that believing in Barack Obama will bring him everlasting life, he's in for one hell of a surprise," Breitbart's William Bigelow quipped.
Artist Shepard Fairey designed the stylized stencil portrait of Obama that eventually became one of the most widely recognized symbols of the 2008 presidential campaign. After selling hundreds of posters on the street, the image was more widely distributed online and on other paraphernalia. These calendars are a continuation of that, banking on a similar form of exposure.
Despite the expedited economic entropy of the last four years, the liberal establishment and mainstream media would still have us believe that it's all Bush's fault. The first black president can do no wrong apparently.