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February 02, 2012

Best. Comment. Ever.

"The real question is: When he stops blaming Bush, will he blame God?"

"And so when I talk about our financial institutions playing by the same rules as folks on Main Street, when I talk about making sure insurance companies aren’t discriminating against those who are already sick, or making sure that unscrupulous lenders aren’t taking advantage of the most vulnerable among us, I do so because I genuinely believe it will make the economy stronger for everybody. But I also do it because I know that far too many neighbors in our country have been hurt and treated unfairly over the last few years, and I believe in God’s command to 'love thy neighbor as thyself.'" "I know the version of that Golden Rule is found in every major religion and every set of beliefs — from Hinduism to Islam to Judaism to the writings of Plato," Obama added.

The president said he often falls to his knees in prayer, and emphasized the role of his religious values in determining where to lead the country.

"I’d be remiss if I stopped there; if my values were limited to personal moments of prayer or private conversations with pastors or friends. So instead, I must try — imperfectly, but I must try — to make sure those values motivate me as one leader of this great nation."

Obama maintained that his call for the wealthiest to give up their tax breaks, he's doing so out of economic necessity, but also in line with biblical teachings.

"And I think to myself, if I’m willing to give something up as somebody who’s been extraordinarily blessed, and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually think that’s going to make economic sense. But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that 'for unto whom much is given, much shall be required,'" Obama said, noting Jewish and Islamic teachings say much the same thing.

Cue the Uber-outraged Shreikery about separation of church and state in 5... 4... 3...

On second thought, strike that. This is obviously one of those arguments the media attack when they don't like the outcome, but embrace when they do.

Posted by Cassandra at February 2, 2012 02:08 PM

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I just got this great idea! Why don't we have President Obama teach the Golden Rule to Mitt Romney! I'll bet Mitt's probably never heard of it, being a Mormon and all. That's why hates poor people so much. I'm telling you, Obama may not be the single greatest human being ever to walk the earth, but he sure knows the name of the only guy in front of him.

Posted by: spd rdr - debtor to love at February 2, 2012 03:53 PM

I was in the garage tending to things old methane eruptions tend to when THE ∅ preempted the talking heads/news on the tube to deliver this sermon.

I am so thankful that I turned off the power tool I was abusing at that moment due to the transference of ectoplasmic proto-pandering that seeped through the RF and slathered my old carcass. Yup, we wuz slimed yet again.

277 days and a wake up...

Posted by: bt_who-ya-gonna-call_hun at February 2, 2012 04:26 PM

The president said he often falls to his knees in prayer, and emphasized the role of his religious values in determining where to lead the country.

Politicians who continually want to remind us of their piety remind me of strangers who are potential business partners telling us that they are "honest" (that should be told by others)

Or that famous comment by the good Dr Samuel Johnson hundreds of years ago, saying in 1775 that "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel".

Some things don't change.

To your question I think Obama will want to blame God as he is certainly above all that - fault and recrimination.

Posted by: Bill Brandt at February 2, 2012 04:38 PM

"But for me as a Christian..."

You lie! But of course that's obvious, his lips were moving and that noxious gas was coming out.

Btw, Satan quotes scripture, too, but I'd be willing to bet that Satan's *belief* in God is stronger than Xerxes'.

Posted by: DL Sly at February 2, 2012 04:46 PM

Matthew 9:10: "Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners."

Posted by: Grim at February 2, 2012 05:25 PM

Umm, as a Judeo-Christian precept, the Golden Rule needs no government mandate to act under. And as a Judeo-Christian precept, it would be Wrong to demand that our Muslim and atheist fellows to live by it under government mandate.

On the other hand, as a Judeo-Christian precept, I have to wonder, again, what's holding Obama, Buffet, et al., back from fulfilling that obligation directly and personally, with checks to the Treasury....

And I'm not interested in any of Obama's self-love being inflicted on me.

Eric Hines

Posted by: E Hines at February 2, 2012 07:45 PM

Barack Obama: He loves you so much, you should be thanking him.

Why if George Shubbery said such a thing.....

But I digress.

I think he has, or his surrogates and fellow believers, have already blamed the people for not being good enough for him.

After a while, I think you have invoked the Deity enough to get what you want.

And as a friend (who is quite a well read but self-taught Biblical scholar) has tried to tell me for years, the purpose of prayer is for you to get in line with God's program, not to get things for yourself. I fail to see the humility typical of most sincere Christian in the man they call.......well, you know his name.

Posted by: Don Brouhaha at February 2, 2012 07:56 PM

I'll settle for a single verse where Jesus defined charity as sending out Caesar's legions to extract contributions at spearpoint so the scribes and Pharisees could pass it back out with great fanfare.

Verses where He defines it as a personal act to be done as secretly as possible are, pardon the word, legion.

Posted by: SDN at February 3, 2012 10:05 AM


"And so when I talk about our financial institutions playing by the same rules as folks on Main Street..."

Which reminds me of Treasury Secretary Geithner's nonpayment of taxes... Senator Kerry's registering his boat in RI to avoid taxes in Mass.....

Posted by: Gringo at February 5, 2012 03:15 PM