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December 18, 2008

Suddenly, "America’s Preacher" Surrounded By Rays And Stars

LAKE FOREST, CA - AUGUST 16: Pastor Rick Warren (R) and presumptive Democratic Presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) join hands during the Civil Forum on the Presidency at the Saddleback Church August 16, 2008 in Lake Forest, California. In the first joint appearance of candidates, Obama and Presumptive Republican Presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) participated in a town hall style meeting moderated by the Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren, who leads the fourth-largest church in the nation. Each candidate was questioned, separately, about issues of poverty, HIV/AIDS, climate and human rights. Neither candidate was allowed to hear the responses of the other. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Rick Warren, Pastor, Saddleback Church (Lake Forest, California), speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) September 26, 2008 in New York. The three-day event will bring together global leaders to develop and then implement workable solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren participates in a panel discussion during the Clinton Global Initiative in New York September 26, 2008. Established by former U.S. President Bill Clinton in 2005, the event is designed to bring donors together with people in need to try to solve global problems. REUTERS/Chip East (UNITED STATES)Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren participates in a panel discussion during the Clinton Global Initiative in New York September 26, 2008. Established by former U.S. President Bill Clinton in 2005, the event is designed to bring donors together with people in need to try to solve global problems. REUTERS/Chip East (UNITED STATES)

With America’s transition into the Obama era, a lot of faces and figures are on the rise. In the newswire photo above, from the Rick Warren/McCain/Obama Saddleback “parish hall” back in August, in appears — from the purple background — like a Godly emanation is flowing from Warren. From a power standpoint, the analogy is hard to dispute. Although Obama conditioned Warren’s inaugural invitation as part of a “big tent” approach, the invocation nod can’t help but elevate Warren into the de-facto role of America’s top preacher, if not an Obama brother-in-arms.

And then, the series below is visually noteworthy for the wonderful political/evangelical/media overlap, the pulpit-worthy close-ups (with the tell-tale stars) captured at the temple of the Clinton Global Initiative.

(images: 1. David McNew/Getty Images, 2. STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images, 3, 4. REUTERS/Chip East)

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