The American media has been widely ridiculed for its tendency to depict Barack Obama as some form of demi-god, often with a "halo" of sorts crowning his presidential head.
But now, is Mitt Romney beginning to get the "royal" treatment, as well?
On Tuesday in Indianapolis Getty took some photos of the Republican nominee, and he undeniably has a somewhat psychedelic, medieval-looking crown circling his head.
See for yourself:
Artur Davis, who was once closely associated with the president but has since joined the Republican Party, described Obama and his legacy Tuesday: "we should have known that night in Denver that things that begin with styrofoam Greek columns and artificial smoke typically don't end well...Maybe the Hollywood stars and the glamor blinded us a little: You thought it was the glare, some of us thought it was a halo" [emphasis added].
And since 2008, there have been plenty of those halos. In fact, here is a look back at some of the president's crowning moments.
It began slowly, with a faint glow, in 2008:
But wasn't long before the man looked proud beneath his adornment:
And could rival Apollo in controlling the sun:
The president was positively angelic while "saving" the automotive industry in 2009:
And firm when discussing the conflict in Libya in 2011:
He had the same background in New Orleans:
And in Minneapolis:
And yet again in Washington, D.C.:
More recently, the nation's president was elevated above mere mortals after endorsing gay marriage:
But now he's not alone.