As we mentioned yesterday, Time and Newsweek are both running some vaguely religious-sounding cover stories this month, with Time declaring Marco Rubio “The Republican Savior” and Newsweek discussing President Obama’s “Second Coming.” (We tried to weigh out which politician was more Jesus-y but failed to reach a definitive conclusion.)
On Thursday, Sen. Rubio (R-FL) responded to the “Republican Savior” cover story on Twitter, helpfully clarifying to his 243,000 Twitter followers that he is not, in fact, the Son of God. (That would be #Jesus, in case you weren’t clear on where he was going with this.)
There is only one savior, and it is not me. #Jesus
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 7, 2013
Sen. Rubio’s followers appreciated this response, because they were concerned that people might see the cover of Time and then mistakenly think he was actually Jesus, which is a reasonable thing to assume of adult human beings. Therefore, it was very humble of Rubio to clear up the confusion, rather than capitalizing on the incident to his political advantage.
(Meanwhile, Pres. Obama has failed to clarify that he is not Jesus, because he is an egomaniacal monster.)
Of course, the term “savior” has more than one meaning, so it’s possible that Time was not giving Rubio the “title of God, especially of Christ.” It’s possible that when they called him the “Republican Savior,” they simply meant he was a “person who saves [or] rescues” something — something like the Republican Party, for instance.
Eventualy, Time decided to stop being so confusing and delivered a definitive answer: Marco Rubio is not Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
@marcorubio Point taken, but we just said you’re the ‘Republican savior.’
— TIME.com (@TIME) February 7, 2013
Which is probably the most satisfying Tweet response we’ve seen since the Deadspin affair.
But the real winner here is still Marco Rubio, who successfully revived the ”savior” story for one more round in the news cycle and stirred his Christian fanbase into a circle-jerk over his temendous modesty. In addition to the traditional news coverage, his epic humble-brag has been retweeted 2,549 times in the past day, compared to fifteen retweets for Time.