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Democrat likens Obama to Jesus

During his first term, President Barack Obama was often compared to Jesus Christ. On Tuesday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez told MSNBC that Obama has the power to "heal" illegal immigrants.

On Monday, Obama announced that he would bypass Congress on immigration reform, and instead issue unilateral executive actions on border issues for the remainder of his second term.
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Power to "Heal"

"If [Republicans] want to come back and discuss [reform], fine," said the Chicago Democrat. "But in the interim period, I believe the president of the United States has already in statute, in the law, the ability to heal and put in a safe harbor millions of undocumented immigrants while the Congress of the United States finally decides it's going to take action."

On June 30, the president announced he would bypass Congress on immigration reform. Instead, Obama announced plans to issue unilateral executive actions on border issues for the remainder of his second term. "I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue and Congress chooses to do nothing," said Obama from the Rose Garden. "And in this situation, the failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our economy."

Criticisms of Religious Depiction

The Tea Party immediately blasted Gutierrez's language on its website: "When Barack Obama ran for the Office of the Presidency in 2008, he promised to raise the sea levels. Leftist media rags touted him as the Messiah. Obama, the benevolent, would heal the world by making even the most violent of terrorists come together in a kumbaya moment."

A 2012 book titled "The Gospel According to Apostle Barack" (by Barbara Thompson) compared the sitting president to Jesus. During the same year, a controversial painting by New York-based artist by Michael D’Antuono titled "The Truth" featured Obama with a crown of thorns on his head, in a position similar to the crucifixion.

The White House has often removed images of Jesus in official functions. When Obama gave a speech at Georgetown University a few years ago, the White House asked Georgetown to cover a Jesus monogram with drapes.

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