Wikipedia claims, "A cult of personality arises when a country's leader uses mass media to create an idealized and heroic public image, often through unquestioning flattery and praise."
As this typically occurs in a totalitarian nation, that country's ruler, with complete control of the media, is able to mandate what images of him or herself are being disseminated thereby furthering his cult-like status.
As Barack Obama did not become president until January 20 of this year, it seems irrefutable that his cult of personality was bestowed upon him by so-called journalists who in order to help him get elected abdicated their solemn responsibility to report the truth to the American people.
Twenty years before this happened, the funk metal band "Living Colour" prophecised such an eventuality with their smash hit "Cult of Personality."
For your entertainment pleasure this Labor Day, what follows is a video of this astoundingly prescient song as well as a recent adaptation with images from last year's campaign designed to help put all the disturbing pieces together (h/t NB reader Edward):