I'm referring to a DVD being released on Oct 5, "George W. Bush: Faith in the White House," being offered for $14.95, although 300,000 free copies have been sent to conservative evangelical churches.
Excerpts from the New York Times about this film: "More than any other campaign artifact, it clarifies the hard-knuckles rationale of the president's vote-for-me-or-face-Armageddon re-election message. It transforms the president...into a prodigal son with the 'moral clarity of an old-fashioned biblical prophet.' Its Bush is not merely a sincere man of faith, but God's essential and irreplacable warrior on Earth."
"A towheaded child actor bathed in the golden light of an off-camera halo re-enacts the young George comforting his mom after the death of his sister; it's a parable anticipating the future president's miraculous ability to comfort us all after 9/11. An older Bush impersonator is seen rebuffing a sexual come-on from a fellow Bush-Quayle campaign worker hovering by a Xerox machine in 1988; it's an effort to imbue our born-again savior with retroactive chastity." (Anything to yank the smug conservative evangelical chain of someone else's sexual sin as worse than all other sins....)
"As for the actual president, he is shown with a flag for a backdrop in a split-screen tableau with Jesus. The message isn't subtle: they were separated at birth."
"Will George W. Bush be allowed to finish the battle against the forces of evil that threanten our very existence? ...Anyone who stands in the way of Mr. Bush and his godly battle, of course, is a heretic. Facts on the ground in Iraq don't matter. Rational arguments mustered in presidential debates don't matter. Logic of any kind is a nonstarter."
"Past presidents have rarely, if ever, claimed such godlike infallibility.Mr. Bush never admits to making a mistake. After all, if you believe that 'God wants me to be president" -- a quote attributed to Mr. Bush by the Rev. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention -- it's a given that you are incapable of making mistakes."
(When people are genuinely convicted that they're the Second Coming, don't we usually classify them as delusional and often dangerous?)
So I 'm saving my money to invest in some of these DVDs. Mark my words...these will be nostalgic eBay moneymakers someday, alongside mood rings, polyester leisure suits and Joseph McCarthy paranoia memoirs.
One question....what kind of pastors get sucked into such emotionally-hysterical, supremely arrogant, downright silly campaign nonsense? What does it say about their judgment?