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Newsweek‘s Evan Thomas, badly misremembering Reagan’s famous Boys of Pointe du Hoc speech, and opining about President Barack Obama:

Here’s the transcript of the relevant portion:

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.”

Emphasis mine. Is this the same Evan Thomas who said, about Obama’s predecessor:

Well, our job is to bash the president, that’s what we do . . .

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  • Jerry

    Good grief. “With friends like this, who needs enemies”.

  • Martha

    Oh, good grief.

    Tell me that a reasonable adult, sober at the time and in possession of his wits, did not say that on national television.

    “I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above — above the world, he’s sort of God.”

    If anyone said that about the Queen, or the Pope, or the last President – oh, goodness me.

    I didn’t much like Presidents Reagan or Bush (pere et fils), yet I certainly don’t think they should either be excoriated as the Anti-Christ or lauded as the Shadow of God on Earth.

  • Webster


    With all due respect, dear lady, you have your priorities wrong.

    Obama is not the Shadow of God.

    God is the Shadow of Obama.

    Everyone in Newsweek’s highly-educated, high-achieving, bi-coastal readership base knows that.

  • Stoo

    This reads as something to do with… looking at bigger issues, co-operation etc?

    Which isn’t the Queen’s job, I wouldn’t expect the pope to be great at it and the last president… let’s just not talk about him shall we.

    Still it’s rather glowing praise from a media pundit who claims to be in the prez-bashing business. Although apart from an offhand reference to the concept of god I’m not seeing much of a religion angle here.

  • MattK

    A couple of years ago I remarked that Obama had the potential to be a new Pharaoh. I think I should have said that some people, such as Evan Thomas, have weak minds and are looking for a god-king to rule them. It is sad for Evan Thomas. It is sad for humanity in general.

  • SouthCoast

    “A couple of years ago I remarked that Obama had the potential to be a new Pharaoh.”

    In Egypt last week they were selling tacky tourist plaques referring to Obama as the “new Tutankhamun”. My own vote is on Ankhnaton. I’m waiting for the White House to be remodeled to include a Window of Appearances.

  • bob

    Man, this elevates him higher than Jesus to a fair number of folks (think Anglicans). They don’t think Jesus is even *sort of* God.

  • Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    If I need a dispensation of some sort for any reason do I go to Evan Thomas–Obama’s vicar on earth–or do I dare approach the throne of the Almighty himself????

  • Bill Butler


    Actually, Anglicans *do* believe that Jesus is God, just like all other orthodox Christians do. And, if you don’t believe me, you can look it up in the Book of Common Prayer.

  • tmatt


    The BCP is clear. How it is interpreted is not. The majority of the world’s Anglicans are, indeed, orthodox. The leadership in the West is, however, more complex than that.

    This is part of what makes the Episcopal Church so stinking hard to cover, in terms of basic facts about doctrines. When it comes to doctrinal campus, Episcopalians are legion.

  • bob

    OK, I overstate…Let’s say there are Protestant places where it’s perfectly OK to believe Jesus isn’t God.
    Now as to the President, shouldn’t there be a new way of writing his name (rather, His Name)? I mean, let’s not just throw it around. The Hebrews decided that a certain name was so sacred they stopped saying it altogether. Perhaps instead of OBAMA we substitute OBM — the Trigramaton.
    In place of OBM in profane usage, a suitable substitute can be used; something using the vowels of The Name, O,A,A, with the consonants of the word Prez; yielding the respectful yet not so hallowed “PORAZA”. Give it a few weeks. It sounds foreign I know, but who is so great a Poraza as our Poraza?

  • Ann

    I thought GetReligion had a policy about sticking to the topic of media coverage of religion.

    The man made a stupid statement by referring to Obama as God like. The petty and snide comments about Obama are a sin according to the Bible.

    Obama is humble and does nothing to encourage the God comparison. People are hurting all over the world, especially in the Middle East. It seems natural for people to hope Obama can make things better.

    An interesting religious article on Obama’s Cairo speech from a Jew

  • Bill Butler


    If bob had said there are *some* “liberal” or “progressive” Episcopalians who deny that Jesus is God, then I would not have disputed his point.


    It is not “perfectly ok,” even in the “liberal” or “progressive” wing of the Episcopal church to deny that Jesus is God. Even there — let alone in the Episcopal Church as a whole, let alone in the Anglican Communion as a whole — that contention is regarded by many if not most as the heterodoxy that it manifestly is. The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion would not be as roiled as they are by controversy if any and every conceivable theology was “perfectly ok,” in the way that you imply.

    I understand that you were just trying to score some cheap snark-points at Anglicans’ expense, but points as cheap as snark-points tend to be aren’t worth scoring at all.

  • Stephen A.

    Ann: Mollie *DID* say right in the headline “No Comment” so she wasn’t seeking comments about this, right? So, no violation of the rules! (wink)

    Seriously, this quote floored me. The near-worship the Mainstreamers have bestowed upon Mr. Obama, especially by Chris Matthews at MSNBC and the rest of the folks over at the Peacock Network, is appalling and must be exposed and ridiculed at every step along this very dangerous path we seem to be treading in the US.

    Has NO ONE watched the Chavez experience in Venezuela?

  • Will

    It is relevant, because it contradicts plenty of indignant “liberal” denials that Obama is being treated as a messiah.

  • Mike

    Did anyone else notice how much PORAZA sounds like pariah?