Jamie Foxx called President Barack Obama “our lord and savior” during the Soul Train Music Awards on Sunday evening. The Oscar-winning actor uttered the rather unusual description of an elected leader during his on-stage appearance at the music awards show.
Foxx’s comment was used as a preview of the Soul Train Music Awards show which aired on the BET network, according to Newsbusters. Foxx had this to about President Obama:
“It’s like church over here. It’s like church in here. First of all, give an honor to God and our lord and savior Barack Obama.”
Statements made glorifying President Obama from supporters and sarcastic references calling the president “the messiah” are not uncommon. Jamie Foxx is not the first celebrity or political commentator to lovingly embrace Barack Obama.
The Examiner reports that, during the 2012 Democratic National Convention, a poster was sold that called President Obama “Prophesy fulfilled.” A calendar sold during the political convention allegedly appeared to compare the president to Jesus Christ.
In 2010, Newsweek reportedly called Barack Obama the “God of all things.” In her recently published book, Florida A&M professor Barbara A. Taylor called Barack Obama an “apostle” sent by God to build a political heaven on earth. An excerpt from the book reads:
“Then, as I began to contemplate ways to assist Barack in his 2012 re-election bid something miraculous happened. I felt God’s Spirit beckoning me in my dreams at night. Listening, cautiously, I learned that Jesus walked the earth to create a more civilized society, Martin [Luther King] walked the earth to create a more justified society, but, Apostle Barack, the name he was called in my dreams, would walk the earth to create a more equalized society, for the middle class and working poor.”