From the moment Barack Obama emerged as a major player on the political stage, he has been hailed by many as a man of unrivaled brilliance, eloquence, compassion, resolve, and wisdom—to say nothing of his engaging humor, his “cool,” and his ability to “connect” with the average person. In the eyes of his admirers, Obama is, quite simply, larger than life—a once-in-a-generation phenomenon. Consider, for instance, what just a few of his more prominent backers have said about him since 2008:
Actor George Clooney called Obama “the best candidate I've ever seen,” a man who “possesses the one quality you cannot teach, you cannot learn, which is he is a leader.”
The rapper Chris Brown wore an “Obama or Die!” t-shirt to make his own sentiments clear.
Actress Halle Berry pledged, “I'll do whatever he says to do” in order to get Obama elected. “I'll collect paper cups off the ground to make his pathway clear,” she said with utmost humility.
Actress Scarlett Johansson cooed, “My heart belongs to Barack.”
Comedian Chris Rock warned prior to the 2008 election, “You'll be real embarrassed if he won and you wasn't down with it.”
Filmmaker Spike Lee has called Obama “a historic figure” who “changes how the world looks at the United States” and ushers in the dawn of “a new day, a better day.”
Comedienne and television host Ellen DeGeneres danced free-style with Obama in front of her live studio audience.
Actress Alfe Woodard compared Obama to a cool, refreshing drink: “If you take orange juice and mix it with a little seltzer you get then same effect and it's good for you. And that's Obama—he's good for this country.”
Actor Tom Hanks said, “He has the integrity and the inspiration to unify us as did FDR and Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy—and even Ronald Reagan—when they ran for the job.”
Actor Josh Lucas said, “I've been around him and shook his hand. He's a truly scholarly man. I'm very excited that we have this powerful, intelligent, constitutionally brilliant president. I find him very soulful in private.”
Actors Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas opened their home to co-host, with Eva Longoria, the first-ever national Latino fundraiser for Obama's candidacy, which cost between $5,000 and $35,800 to attend.
Comedian George Lopez helped launch the website Latinos for Obama.
Basketball legend Magic Johnson has called Obama “wise beyond his years,” “very intelligent,” “very capable,” “a winner,” and “truly unbelievable.”
Another iconic athlete, Lebron James, said, “He's an unbelievable guy, honestly. He's very smart. He's very cool.”
The rapper Drake said, “I hope somebody makes a movie about Obama's life soon because I could play him. That's the goal. I watch all the addresses. Any time I see him on TV, I don't change the channel. I definitely pay attention and listen to the inflections of his voice.”
Rapper Jay-Z says Obama is a better choice for president than Mitt Romney “by leaps and bounds.”
Singer-songwriter James Taylor says, “I really love this president. I love what it says about America, that we were able to elect this man.”
Singer Paul McCartney says, “I’m a big fan, he’s a great guy ... he’s doing great.”
Madonna, shouting to her audience at a September 2012 concert, likened Obama to Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr.—depicting Obama as someone who has “fought for our freedoms, not just African Americans, but for all people of color, okay, or people who are different, unconventional, or people who want to believe in what they want to believe.... So y’all better vote for fu--in’ Obama, okay?”
Oprah Winfrey put it more succinctly in 2008, when she said, simply: “He is the One.”
Soon after Obama's 2012 re-election victory, actor Jamie Foxx shouted to his audience at the annual Soul Train Awards: “It’s like church over here! First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior, Barack Obama! Barack Obama! Y'all stand up ...” He then led the crowd in chanting the President’s name.
In July 2012, TV newsman Chris Matthews praised Obama as follows: “He’s raised his family right. He’s fought his way all the way to the top of the Harvard Law Review ... Everything he’s done is clean as a whistle. He’s never not only broken any law, he’s never done anything wrong. He’s the perfect father, the perfect husband, the perfect American.”
The “little people” love President Obama, too, we are told. In August 2012, a USA Today/Gallup Poll showed that registered voters saw Obama as “more likable” than his challenger, Mitt Romney, by a 2-to-1 margin, 60% to 30%. And a Washington Post/ABC News Poll gave Obama an even wider advantage, with 64% identifying him as the “friendlier, more likable candidate,” vs. only 26% choosing Romney.