First Jamie Foxx referred to President Obama as “Our Lord and Savior” on Sunday at the Soul Train Awards on BET. Now a painting of Obama in a crucifixion pose across the Presidential Seal – complete with a cross of thorns – hangs in a community college art gallery in Boston.
According to Fox News, “Truth” as the painting is called, was supposed to debut during Obama’s first year in office, but the “event was cancelled due to public outrage.” Painter Michael D’Antuono says he always regretted that decision because his “First Amendment rights should override someone’s hurt feelings. We should celebrate the fact that we live in a country where we are given the freedom to express ourselves.”
He added, “The crucifixion of the president was meant metaphorically. My intent was not to compare him to Jesus.”
Ok. So his intent was to what then? Compare Obama to some other famous person who’s been crucified with crowns of thorns on their heads?
D’Antuono use of the word “metaphorically” is equally weak, since a metaphor is simply comparing one thing to another… just like he’s clearly comparing Obama to Jesus. And as for freedom of expression, there’s a line where polite society says enough is enough. Then again, clearly we’re no longer in a polite society, so I guess that’s a moot point.
What is relevant, however, is that Obama hasn’t done a single thing to deserve the Messiah title.
Who has he saved? What miracles has he performed? Where has the sea receded?
Sure, go and argue that obstructionist Republicans have kept Obama from accomplishing his goals. But the real Savior was able to perform miracle after miracle after miracle despite his very real, very powerful opposition in the Jewish religious leaders and even the ruling might of Rome.
Obama can’t even provide sufficient federal aid to the hard-hit portions of New York and New Jersey an entire month after Hurricane Sandy hit them.
NBC reports that, in New York City, “more than 800 storm-damaged apartment buildings lack heat still… [And] an estimated 6,000 private homes also lack heat and power.” Meanwhile, in New Jersey, that small business owner Obama held so tenderly is painting him a false prophet.
During the photo op – and let’s face it: That’s all it was – “I was very excited and felt warm by the embrace thinking this is really going to happen. I’m going to get the help I need because he promised that,” she told Fox News. “I’ve gotten no help. I’ve gotten nothing but ‘No, you’re not covered for this. No, you’re not covered for that.’”