Washington, D.C. — Street vendors and shops throughout Washington D.C. took advantage of the heavy traffic and large crowds yesterday by selling various souvenirs to inaugural attendees, such as a poster that praises Obama as being a fulfillment of Biblical prophesy, and another that calls for his inclusion on Mount Rushmore.
The first poster, which was also offered during the Democratic National Convention, is called “Prophesy Fulfilled.” The main image is 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.”
The second poster depicts Obama’s bust on the side of Mount Rushmore next to Martin Luther King and other African American leaders. An eagle soars over the mount amidst a yellow and blue sky.
It appears that a campaign to include Obama on Mount Rushmore beside George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln has been underway for quite some time. A Facebook page entitled “Campaign to Put President Obama on Mount Rushmore” was created in March of 2010.
“With the numerous accomplishments that President Obama has achieved in under 15 months in office, including the healthcare bill, we the people feel the president should be honored and recognized by his bust being placed on Mt. Rushmore,” the page outlined upon its inception.
However, the page is smathered, even as of late, with comments from dissenters who disagree with the idea of adding Obama to the historic monument.
“You have to be kidding,” one visitor writes.
Recently, on his MSNBC television program Politics Nation, Al Sharpton made the case for why he thinks Obama might stand a chance to be included.
“How did Teddy Roosevelt get up there? What did he do to affect the future of the country?” Sharpton asked. “[Obama] stopped two wars and the whole question of finance reform on Wall Street and health care. I mean, he has done some concrete things.”
“[T]he reason I raised Teddy Roosevelt is that a lot of people could say that Teddy Roosevelt was more of a character than a transformative president. I can name, literally, things that President Obama has done,” Sharpton continued. “Now, I’m going to say that if Teddy Roosevelt is the measure, I think it strengthens the case for President Obama.”
As previously reported, over the past four years, a number of news outlets and political souvenirs have been exalting Obama as an other-worldly figure. Last week, the popular news publication Newsweek released an online cover story about Barack Obama that has generated controversy among readers because of its large-lettered headline “The Second Coming.”
“Conservatives have long joked that the national press corps see Barack Obama as the second coming of Jesus Christ,” writes Brent Baker of Newsbusters. “Today, Newsweek … made it official.”
While writer Evan Thomas insinuates later within the body of the article that the comparison was rather to Abraham Lincoln, others have found the cover to be a messianic statement that makes a play of Scripture.
“Obama may not be the second coming of Lincoln, and our times are hardly as desperate as the civil war,” Thomas wrote. “But it’s a good bet that Obama is more ambivalent than he lets on about the proper roads fostering prosperity while at the same time, cutting red ink, a challenge that divides the best of economists.”
Baker noted that Thomas has declared Obama as being a God-like figure before.
“In a way, Obama’s standing above the country — above the world,” Thomas said during a 2009 interview on MSNBC. “He’s sort of God. He’s going to bring all different sides together.”