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Obama Gets Priest’s Political Blessing

President Obama and his family went to church this Sunday – it happens sometimes – and got a nice plug from the preacher. Maybe he’ll start to go more often.

It sounds like the good reverend is comparing Obama to John the Baptist. I don’t know, it’s a little convoluted. See if you can figure it out.

From the pool report.

At 11:28 a.m.the Rev. Dr. Luis Leon starts his sermon in this church adorned with magnificent stained glass windows everywhere you look. The sermon is about John the Baptist heralding Jesus as the real God.

Priest likens it to a Saturday Night Live show he once attended in New York where Eddie Murphy warmed up the audience before the show. John the Baptist is performing that role. Priest goes on to talk about how we all become quickly disillusioned when things don’t work out as we expect.  But that can be a good thing, he said, if we learn to accept reality. John the Baptist was trying to point toward the reality of Jesus as God.

At one point, the priest talks about the expectations placed on Obama when he came into office. Many unfairly expected a messiah that could cure the U.S. of all its problems, and now we see it’s not that easy. “This is not a political diatribe by the way. It’s simply stating the obvious,” he said, sparking laughter among the congregation.

I hope none of this was disconcerting to Mr. and Mrs. Obama. I mean, they’re probably still used to hearing the priest bash the USA.

Here’s a little color, also from the pool report.

At 11:03 a.m., temperature is chilly,  but the sky is crystal clear as the smartly dressed first family leaves the White House and start their walk – holding hands – through Lafayette Park toward St. John’s Episcopal Church on 16th Street N.W.  Malia especially stands out in pinkish Sunday dress with white trim at the bottom and burgundy leggings. First Lady is wearing beige-looking heavy coat, while Obama’s outfit is his customary dark.

As the Obamas arrive at the church at 11:06, other church goers are backed up in long lines out front as they go through security screening . . .

At 12:04 p.m., the Obamas take communion along with other congregants. By 12:10 p.m., the Obamas are out of the church, smiling and walking back through Lafayette Park to return to the White House.

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41 Responses to Obama Gets Priest’s Political Blessing

  1. I believe this is the fourth time in three years that the present occupants of the White House have been to a church on Sunday. Tell me, did “the president” cart along a big old Bible like Bill Clinton used to do?

    • I never saw Clinton carrying a bible–maybe he did, but I don’t remember it. They attended our church, Foundry United Methodist, a couple of Sundays a week–yes, we had to be screened, but we lived through it. I don’t like people telling me what door to go through or bathroom to use–so that got tense. As for tortured sermons trying to relate a current head of state to biblical figures–the clerics get over that fast if the president attends regularly. They try it at first.

      • I distinctly remember him carting along a Bible at the height of the Monica scandal when he went to church. I remember it as a Bible since–by chance, I’m sure–the title of the large book he was carrying was face forward in the picture on the front page of the paper.

        • I remember that too and then when he turned a corner the Bible was handed off to an aide and his facial expression completely changed.
          Here in Arkansas he joined a Baptist church when his poll numbers went down…many people, including some in my family, fell hard for the show.

  2. First of all, I say hippacrit (sp). I think now more than ever potus is trying to show he has a religious side. But hiding the real one. He refuses to do anything else in this country refering to “God” or respect in our troops. But can go to church on Sunday and get compared to John the Babptist. Hmmmmm something wrong here.

    And to the expectations put on him when he took office, well he is one of the few that took the bull and stopped. Obeyed of solutions he made problems. The climbing debt…2 years before he was elected he was firmly against raising the debt ceiling and then when he wan5ed it blamed rep for delay.

    could go on forever. We need to ratify the 22 amendment and boot his ass out of office.

  3. I”m so glad to find out that this drivel wasn’t spouted by a Catholic priest.

    So, is Obama playing the role of John the Baptist? I thought Obama was supposed to be Christ. I suppose his failure to be re-elected will be his crucifiction?

  4. I take it the “pooler” isn’t familiar with Christian scriptures and the Reverend thinks that MrO is actually EddieMurphy, the actor. Most Christians refer to Jesus Christ as the Son of God, not God, himself. But, if the congregation was OK with the sermon, that’s all that counts.

    Anyhow…Good for the Obamas, attending a house of worship is a good thing.

  5. This is probably the shout out to the Christians before Christmas. The family will be off on their Hawaiian vacation, on our dime, by next Sunday so the event had to be moved up a couple of weeks. Same reason they moved the Hanukkah celebration up two weeks early. Nothing is getting in the way of Michelle’s Hawaiian vacation.

    • The only holiday he recognized [read that as acknowledged] on the calendar [read that as not Gregorian or Hebrew calendar] was Ramadan this past year.

  6. It’s called “Occupy a Pew.” You know when some one takes up space somewhere but for all the wrong reasons. Nothing says election season and falling poll numbers like a gratuitous trip to church.

  7. At our Episcopal church, we call the people who go to church rarely “The C&E Crowd”. They show up around Christmas and Easter, but that’s it. I say the Obama’s most definitely C&E’ers!

  8. Attending a [so-called] Christian church is just another one of Obama’s many deceptions. Barack Hussein Obama is no more Christian than the man in the moon:

    “Obama Admits He Is A Muslim:”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCAffMSWSzY&feature=related

    “Obama Is No Joshua:”

    …..Obama can call himself anything he likes, but there is a clear requirement for one to qualify as a Christian and Obama doesn’t meet that requirement. One cannot deny central tenets of the Christian faith, including the deity and uniqueness of Christ as the sole mediator between God and Man and be a Christian. Such people do have a label applied to them in Scripture. They are called “false prophets.”

    http://www.calthomas.com/index.php?news=2288

  9. At 12:04 p.m., the Obamas take communion along with other congregants.

    Yeah, that will go over well with the Most High. Blaspheming His Son like that is not a good thing to do. What a joke these people are and continue to be. It’s one thing to scam the American people, it’s quite another to try and scam God. Good luck with that!

  10. Drivel…Episcopal? Really now. While not a student of religion, didn’t John the Baptist have his head served on a platter by Herod? Was this priest just being prophetic about the outcome and end result of BO’s re-election efforts in 2012.

  11. Irony. After waiting for a long time I just got a beautiful Rosary from the Vatican
    that was blessed. I look at it and feel such peace and wonder what it would be
    like to go to Rome and attend a Mass by the Pope. Contrast this to a man
    who put his hand on a Bible and said ‘so help me God’ when he was sworn in
    to protect and defend us all. Well now he uses God and church as props his
    visits to church and references to God mean no more to him than those
    plastic Greek columns that made him look so regal. Makes me sick. Said it
    before someone is going to turn to a pillar of salt before 2012!

  12. I wonder how hard they had to look to find a minister who would build his sermon around The One — and I don’t mean Christ.

    Did they call around and ask, “Um, this is the White House. If, say, President Obama and the family came to your church, what would you preach about? Do you think you could work in something supportive of the Prez and maybe suggest that he inherited this whole mess from Bush? Oh? Really? You will? Let me get your name and address and we’ll call you back as soon as we can persuade the Prez to cancel a golf game.”

  13. “At 12:04 p.m., the Obamas take communion along with other congregants.”

    As a life long Episcopalian, I resent that. In our church you have to be confirmed before you get to take communion. Those who are “visitors” (including my non-confirmed husband) get a blessing, but not the host and wine.

    Condirmation was a big deal to me as a young girl. After weeks of spiritual classes, I wore my white dress and veil and the Bishop of the diocese came to confirm our class.