In her new book, "The Gospel According to Apostle Barack: In Search of a More Perfect Political Union as 'Heaven Here on Earth," Florida A&M professor Barbara A. Thompson says that Barack Obama is an "apostle" sent by God to create a political heaven on earth. The longtime professor also says that God revealed this message to her in her dreams.
"Yes, Barack had worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people, especially those who elected him in 2008. His followers needed to re-elect him to a second term, so that he could continue to accomplish the promises he made, thus, realizing his vision of America as a more perfect political union or heaven here on earth,” she said.
"Then, as I began to contemplate ways to assist Barack in his 2012 re-election bid something miraculous happened. I felt God’s (His) 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," she added.
According to Thompson, Obama was "taken to the mountaintop and allowed to see over the other side."
"He had the answers to unlock the kingdom of 'heaven here on earth' for his followers."
The "answers," she said, could be found in his speeches.
"Those speeches or his teachings contained the answers to the middle class and working poor people living in a 'heaven here on earth.' For when the answers were unlocked and enacted, Apostle Barack’s vision of America would be realized," she wrote.
This is not the first time some have attempted to deify the 44th president of the United States.
ABC's Jake Tapper noticed the messianic tone of the 2008 election and wrote:
"It's as if Tom Daschle descended from on high saying, 'Be not afraid; for behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people: for there is born to you this day in the city of Chicago a Savior, who is Barack the Democrat.'"
Tapper was being sarcastic, but Newsweek's Evan Thomas was serious when he elevated Obama to the status of a "god."
"Well, we were the good guys in 1984, it felt that way. It hasn't felt that way in recent years. So Obama’s had, really, a different task. We're seen too often as the bad guys. And he — he has a very different job from — Reagan was all about America, and you talked about it. Obama is ‘we are above that now.’ We're not just parochial, we're not just chauvinistic, we're not just provincial. We stand for something — I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above — above the world, he’s sort of God," he told Chris Matthews in June 2009.
The needle on the "creep meter" moved up a few notches in November 2010, when Newsweek portrayed Obama in a pose reminiscent of a Hindu deity while calling him, "god of all things."
While researching a series laying out the case against re-electing Obama, we discovered several websites that advocates what can only be described as praise and worship of the man, Barack Obama.
During the 2012 Democratic convention, vendors sold a poster that depicted Obama in a prayerful pose over the caption, "Prophesy Fulfilled."
Underneath is an open Bible with the name "Barack" highlighted.
“Barak is of Hebrew origin and its meaning is ‘flash of lightning,'” the poster said, adding that "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 poster added.
The poster was not sanctioned by the Democratic Party, but was apparently a hit with delegates.
The poster, by the way, was sold at a convention that booed reinserting the name of God into the party platform three times.
It's not uncommon for American presidents to be placed on a pedestal, and those who served with distinction in combat are often the subject of hero worship. The story of John F. Kennedy and the PT 109 still captures the imagination of many, and George Washington was so revered that many wanted to make him a king of the newly-freed United States.
It is uncommon, however, for a president to be elevated to the status of a heavenly being.
Barack Obama's election was historic, but he is, after all, a mere mortal temporarily occupying a position of power granted to him by the American electorate. People of all faiths, regardless of political persuasion, should be offended at attempts to deify him.
A commenter at Amazon, identified only as "Joseph" from Sacramento, Calif., paraphrased Sen. Lloyd Bentsen's now-famous debate line in his response.
"I know Jesus, Jesus is a savior of mine. You sir (Obama), are no Jesus, or an apostle of Jesus."