Vendors at the Democratic National Convention are selling their wares this week in promotion of the re-election of Barack Obama, with a number of items hailing the Democratic contender as the messiah.
One poster that is for sale displays the head of Obama, which fades into a graphic of an open Bible with the word “Barak” highlighted. Above Obama is the headline “Prophesy Fulfilled.” To the left of the image, the poster reads, “Barak is of Hebrew origin and its meaning is ‘flash of lightning.’ Barak is a valiant fighting man who cooperated with the prophetess Deborah to win victory in a battle against overwhelming odds. Hussein [means] good and handsome. So, you see, Barak was destined to be a good and handsome man that would rise like a flash of lightning to win victory in a battle against overwhelming odds.”
T-shirts are also being sold by vendors that cite Psalm 110:1, which says, “The Lord said unto my Lord, ‘Sit Thou at My right hand until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool.'” The graphic on the tees depict Barack Obama sitting in a chair, placing his feet upon the back of Republican nominee Mitt Romney, who is kneeling on his hands and feet.
Additionally, delegates and attendees can purchase Obama calendars, which use Scripture for each month of the year to point to Obama as a messiah. For example, in the month of August, Obama’s birth month, accompanying a photo of Obama are the words “Heaven Sent” with the Scripture John 3:16, which speaks of God sending His Son. The month of November features a graphic of citizens laying hands on Obama while quoting Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.”
Other photos and paintings celebrating and elevating Obama are being offered for sale as well.
While the public idolization of Obama may be more evident this election, some are pointing out that many openly hailed the Democratic contender as the messiah in 2008, even going so far as to say that he was Jesus himself.
Writer Dave Jolly noted that during the last election, Maggie Mertens, associate editor for the Smith College newspaper, penned an article entitled “I Will Follow Him: Obama as My Personal Jesus.”
“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,'” she wrote. “Yes, I just said it. Obama is my Jesus.”
Jolly also pointed to an editorial in the Danish newspaper Politiken, which stated, “Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus.”
Additionally, to mark Obama’s 100th day of presidency, artist Michael D’Antuono unveiled a painting that he had crafted, which depicted Obama in the oval office wearing a crown of thorns and raising his arms as if on the cross.
A number of those who have seen or learned about the items being sold this year at the DNC, while disturbed, state that they are not surprised.
“This is getting more creepy every day. He’s being worshiped like a god. I really don’t like where this is going. Reminds me far to much of North Korea and Kim Jong Il,” one man remarked.
Another commenter, who simply identified as “J,” pointed to 1 John 2:18, which reads, “Children, it is the last hour, and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.”
“Ok, this on top of the golden calf sand sculpture is seriously [spooking] me out,” said a woman named Laura.
While none of the items are believed to be endorsed by the Obama campaign, some opine that something should at least be said to discourage it.
Obama is expected to give his acceptance speech tonight to conclude the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. He was to have addressed the crowd in an outdoor stadium, but the venue was moved due to the threat of rain.