James Earl Jones Hopes His ‘God’ Voice Helped Obama Win

By Nicholas Ballasy | February 20, 2009 | 6:57 PM EST

(CNSNews.com) - A Jan. 15, 2009, TIME magazine online story discussed how “the voice of God” helped Barack Obama win the presidential election. TIME said that in today's culture, God’s voice belongs to actor James Earl Jones, and “when God turned into an African American, it became less unthinkable that the president might be African American as well.”

Jones, who is famous for his recording of the King James version of the Bible, told CNSNews.com he “hopes” his God-voice helped Obama win the presidency.
 


CNSNews.com: It [the TIME article] said that because people have identified the voice of God with African Americans through your portrayal and Morgan Freeman’s, that it helped Obama win the presidency. Do you think that helped?

Jones: I hope so, yes.

TIME said Jones is “today’s God.” Jones’s voice is best known for five immortal syllables: ‘THIS [pause] is CNN.’ Jones is also the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars films. And his recording of the King James version of the Bible has sold more than 400,000 copies,” the article said, adding, “Jones is African American and sounds it.”

Below is the transcript of CNSNews.com’s complete interview with James Earl Jones about “the voice of God.”

CNSNews.com: I read an interesting article in TIME magazine about Morgan Freeman and you and how you have played the voice of God in a lot of movies and commercials and things like that.

Jones: He has a great voice, and I don’t even want to compete with that, you know?

CNSNews.com: It actually compared it with the election of Obama. It said that because people have identified the voice of God with African Americans through your portrayal and Morgan Freeman’s, that helped Obama win the presidency. Do you think that helped?

Jones: I hope so, yes.

CNSNews.com: Morgan Freeman said he’s tired of playing God.

Jones: He does it very well, but none of us can play God, you know, because we don’t have all the information that an actor needs.

Jones’ wife: How about Vice God?

Jones: Vice God? Vice God? Yeah. She’s an actress, if you haven’t noticed.

Jones also discussed how the 2008 presidential election affected the issue of racism in America. When asked if the election of Obama had shown that racism is in the dustbin of history, Jones said it depends.

“It depends on each and every heart in this country,” he said. “If it is dead in your heart, it is dead. Otherwise, it is still alive. It is a device that people have used – exploited on all sides – and it won’t die until it becomes not profitable.”

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