President Barack Obama recently shared his thoughts on megachurch pastor T.D. Jakes, (whose TDJ Enterprises celebrates 20 years in business) saying the pastor has touched his life and made him and others “better as individuals.”
The President made his comments in a recent Variety piece detailing the 20 year anniversary of TDJ Enterprises, an entertainment and media firm helmed by Jakes.
“I am fortunate to count myself among the countless Americans whose lives have been touched by the ministry of Bishop T.D. Jakes,” the president told Variety, adding that the pastor has the ability to make Americans “more compassionate, and more loving as a country.”
“What makes Bishop Jakes special is that no matter your station in life, he’s there to speak with you, to pray with you, and to see you as an equal in the eyes of God,” the president added.
Like many other producers, TDJ Enterprises has experienced high and lows in the business of film, Bishop Jakes said:
Not every project is successful, though. The 2013 musical film “Black Nativity” boasted high-powered talent like Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige. It was made on a $17.5 million production budget yet pulled in only $7.3 million worldwide. “Naturally, it’s disappointing when things don’t go as envisioned,” Jakes says, “however, my mother used to say, the world is your university, every day that you wake up is the chance to get an education. I make sure that I learn the valuable lesson hidden in each experience and apply it to the next project. I don’t let it get me down. I see each set back is a set up for a comeback.”