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Is Obama Enlisting Jesus in his Campaign?

by Keith Koffler on December 12, 2011, 7:37 am

President Obama has been invoking Jesus Christ a lot lately, and it’s hard to see another reason for this new behavior other than it appeals to a certain large group of voters who tend to be believers.

In his Christmas-related remarks this year, Obama has been much more personal about his own belief and for the first time invoked the name of Jesus Christ, departing from the more secular, universal messages of previous years.

In the 2010 Midterm elections, white middle class voters abandoned the Democrats en masse. In order to achieve reelection, Obama will need to keep as many as possible of these often church-going voters from straying to the Republicans. His ability to hold white middle class voters will determine whether or not he wins in key states like Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Florida and elsewhere.

In recent weeks, we’ve found Michelle Obama awkwardly in attendance at that other white middle class church – a NASCAR track, where she was booed – as well as shopping at Target and, along with her husband, hosting country music night at the White House. Meanwhile, he’s been taking campaign-style bus trips through the Midwest and North Carolina and Virginia, everywhere rolling through must win states filled with the demographic.

Obama’s increasingly overt religious message seems consistent with this.

Sunday, after attending church, Obama made his annual appearance on the “Christmas in Washington” special, taped for broadcast December 16.

Here’s the passage where he referred to Christ:

This is the season to celebrate the story of how, more than two thousand years ago, a child was born to two faithful travelers who could find rest only in a stable, among cattle and sheep.  He was no ordinary child.  He was the manifestation of God’s love.  And every year we celebrate His birth because the story of Jesus Christ changed the world.

For me, and for millions of Americans, His story has filled our hearts and inspired our lives.  It moves us to love one another; to help and serve those less fortunate; to forgive; to draw close to our families; to be grateful for all that has been given to us; to keep faith; and to hold on to an enduring hope in humanity.

In 2010, Jesus barely makes and appearance in Obama’s remarks – and not by name, and not with the accompanying reference to Christian doctrine.

This season reminds us that more than 2,000 years ago, a child born in a stable brought our world a redeeming gift of peace and salvation.  It’s a story with a message that speaks to us to this day — that we are called to love each other as we love ourselves, that we are our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper, and our destinies are linked. It’s a message that guides my Christian faith and it focuses us as we think about all those whose holidays may be a bit tougher this year.

Obama also added significant new religious flourishes this year during the annual Christmas Tree Lighting on December 1.

Christ’s birth made the angels rejoice and attracted shepherds and kings from afar.  He was a manifestation of God’s love for us.  And He grew up to become a leader with a servant’s heart who taught us a message as simple as it is powerful:  that we should love God, and love our neighbor as ourselves.

So it seems The One has signed up The Messiah. I can only hope for Jesus’s sake that He is not on the email list too.

But don’t fret, Republicans. Moses may still be available.

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Russell December 12, 2011 at 8:04 am

I too have noticed the apparent interest in all things religious.
Being one of those people that “clings to my bible and gun”, I notice not what one says but what they do. Barry’s actions speak volumns, especially in this topic of religion.
It was reported that the Family went to church yesterday. Wow, it was reported that they went to church! It is so rare that they go, it is major news. The report went on to state that this was his 10th time since taking office to have attended church, yet he has gone golfing 88 times. Actions speak to those of us that “cling to our bibles”.
Yes Keith, this is all an attempt to try to lure that demographic to the voting booth. I suspect that others that “cling to thier bibles” have also seen through this and are not buying it.

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Keith Koffler December 12, 2011 at 8:34 am

Clings to his golf clubs. Needs to loosen the grip.

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ol gator December 12, 2011 at 10:42 am

this is where his “transparency” promise really shines !

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Just2old December 12, 2011 at 8:15 am

Correct analysis Keith. Remember; every public thing this guy does is politically motivated….everything. As Russell points out, actions speak louder than words.

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William December 12, 2011 at 8:31 am

Sounds to me like he’s bitter and so he’s clinging to religion. Next thing you know, he’ll buy a firearm.

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srdem65 December 12, 2011 at 8:40 am

Like a talented actor, he says his lines with sincerity.

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Susan December 12, 2011 at 9:53 am

So true srdem. He is a chameleon. He becomes whomever he believes his audience wants him to be…

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Mr. T. December 12, 2011 at 10:04 am

Funny thing is, in his 60 Minutes interview, he said Newt Gingrich is “good on TV.” Hilarious coming from Barry the actor, who’s spent more time in front of the camera than any president.

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Star December 12, 2011 at 10:13 am

Just softening our expectations in case Newt turns out to be the debater… One step at a time…

Kroft is such a hack. I didn’t even watch. I can’t stand those 60 Minutes love-ins anymore.

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Star December 12, 2011 at 10:15 am

As for the president’s acting ability–remember, he has a “gift.”

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Mike C December 13, 2011 at 5:26 am

Boo-Boo Obama makes Reagan, who was super comfortable with the cameras, seem like an amateur.
I once heard that one should not get let themselves get between Jesse Jackson and a camera. More fitting for the Obama’s,
They are Washington D.C.’s version of the Kardashians. Famous for being famous, and doing nothing.

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girly1 December 12, 2011 at 8:55 am

The guy has no shame and that’s what I despise most about him! He has no morals, ethics or principles and therefore is not qualified to be President. The Constitution says a President must of good moral character….and that alone eliminates Obama!

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Mrs Compton December 12, 2011 at 9:12 am

Next he’ll be wearing a kippah and sportin’ payis!!

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Sadie December 12, 2011 at 11:59 am

Of course, and will keep kosher, too ;-)

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Anonna December 12, 2011 at 9:37 am

Wonder who wrote all that for him? Sure wasn’t Rev. Wright or Michelle Antoinette and her racial hatred.

I wonder if The One’s handlers understand the rage that this hypocriscy creates? To reposition 9-11 as a “day of service,” ignore Easter entirely, treat Christmas as a vehicle for his latest campaign message — AND THEN — to suddenly be trotting off to church, listening to sermons comparing him to John the Baptist, and gushing over how Jesus guides his life — do they think people will respond to this positively?

To be fair, it did work in the campaign. The One gave contradictory statements and people were willing to cling to the one that was their opinion and ignore all the others — I never understood this desperation to dress up their own personalized Obama dolly and ignore the evidence that he was spewing a variety of messages that one man could not believe at the same time.

So, I guess they are hoping that the bitter clingers really, really want to historically re-elect the first AfAm Prez, or some other shallow motivation will drive them to remember him grinning in church and forget the rest of the past three years of disrespect for every religion except islam.

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ol gator December 12, 2011 at 10:47 am

This is all coming from a man who sat in a so-called church for
20 years supporting a maniacal racist who did nothing but rant profanely about America & white people !

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Robin H December 12, 2011 at 9:38 am

I would hope that the Bible clingers will be able to see through this charade and vote accordingly. I would prefer a president that takes their religion seriously, but if they don’t, don’t pretend. It’s condescending and patronizing.

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Janice/Granny Jan December 12, 2011 at 9:42 am

Obama began his evocation of Jesus early this year. At the Easter prayer breakfast he said:

I wanted to host this breakfast for a simple reason -– because as busy as we are, as many tasks as pile up, during this season, we are reminded that there’s something about the resurrection — something about the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ, that puts everything else in perspective….And we’re reminded that in that moment, he took on the sins of the world — past, present and future — and he extended to us that unfathomable gift of grace and salvation through his death and resurrection…
This magnificent grace, this expansive grace, this “Amazing Grace” calls me to reflect. And it calls me to pray. It calls me to ask God for forgiveness for the times that I’ve not shown grace to others, those times that I’ve fallen short. It calls me to praise God for the gift of our son — his Son and our Savior.

I bet that’s different than what he said in earlier years. The msm would be all over a Republican who wore his religion on his sleeve like Barack has done lately.

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Mike C December 13, 2011 at 5:28 am

When he stated how busy we are, I hope he meant the citizens and not himself.
Or he could have said how busy YOU are making ends meet and how busy I am raising campaign money with your tax dollars……….

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anneinarkansas December 12, 2011 at 9:45 am

Sorry, just can not accept any sincerity here…it is sad to have those feelings about our POTUS but I do.

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girly1 December 12, 2011 at 9:54 am

And yet he cancelled the traditional Natonal Day of Prayer services! He must have asked Jesus what He would have done – and Jesus told him to cancel it!

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Star December 12, 2011 at 9:57 am

Hey, Keith, bet ya ten grand Moses is not available…LOL. The “tween” speechwriters have really been cranking it… Amazingly, I think a lot of people know this story and don’t need the president to set them straight.

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kmbog December 12, 2011 at 9:59 am

I’m surprised he didn’t mention Bethlehem and Honolulu in the same speech yet, the campaign is young though.

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girly1 December 12, 2011 at 10:01 am

One more thing….The Obama daughters must be terribly confused! Wonder what they are thinking when Daddy tells them to get all dressed up in their Sunday best – 2x a year! I can hear him now: “Okay girls, Daddy needs to go to Church today for a photo-op – I promise you we will get ice cream if you behave yourselves….and if you really behave yourselves, I might invite Justin Beeber over to the house for a play day!!”

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A.Men December 12, 2011 at 10:06 am

“The story of Jesus Christ” by Obama — the USA must elect The Messiah, Obama, a second term as President-Disaster-In-Chief of the USA. No way!

ABO 2012! (Anybody But Obama 2012!)

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Sadie December 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

Say No to BO – it stinks. ;-)

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A.Men December 12, 2011 at 10:09 am

When will we see Moochelle at the gun range target shooting or better on a hunting trip like Kerry!!!!

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PSereby December 12, 2011 at 10:23 am

Obama states that one of the messages of Christ is to be our brother/sisters keeper? I never really got that from the Gospel message but can certainly see that he wants to be our “keeper”.

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Susan December 12, 2011 at 11:30 am

These are the words of Cain after he murdered his brother Abel (Genesis 4:9). After the Lord asked where Abel was Cain responded “I know not: Am I my brothers keeper?” Social justice acolytes have twisted the passage to fit their ideology. If Obama truly believed it he would practice what he preaches, instead of requiring the taxpayer to foot the bill for his illegal alien kinfolk – Auntie Zetunia and Uncle Omar.

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MichelleIndependent December 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Obviously, Barry failed to heed the message about honesty, too.

His tongue should fall off from all his lying.

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lc southern December 12, 2011 at 10:47 am

Good article, so on point!

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MarjoJimbo December 12, 2011 at 12:12 pm

As a Christian, I want to believe that our president has decided to put his trust in God.

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MichelleIndependent December 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm

And to show how humble and sincere Barry is…
He and MOOch will skip their lavish, ostentatious, Hawaiian vacation and
Mooch will pay back the 10 million she wasted on parties and vacations.

Also MOOch promises to dress more modestly at Christmas events instead of
showing her boobettes to little children dressed as elves.

Barry is a sickening disgrace. How I wish for a big loud thunderbolt from the sky!

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Lizzy December 12, 2011 at 1:33 pm

This phony religious conversion is so phony a child woudn’t fall for this BS.
And Never have I been so ashamed as looking at Michelle exposing herself
to children. Her attire was beyond inappropriate and the girls were dressed
in way too short outfits also not correct for the occassion. Michelle has some kind of problem with her constant show of flesh mostly when it’s a somber or
religious occassion. Her sleeveless v expensive dress for the Jewish dinner was wrong she has to be the most vain woman on the planet!

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domenico dario December 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Jesus Christ says: Do not kill, do not torture, do not do atrocities, do not do abominations do not lier, etc etc

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gracepmc December 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Pretty soon it will be revealed that Jesus was born in Hawaii, lived in Chicago and that he was pursued by a bunch of tea party people in some red state but he was miraculously saved by a kindly old couple Nancy and Harry and now safely reigns over the land from a big white house in Washington DC. And worship will be mandated and compulsory.

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Susan December 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm

History is written by the victors. ~ Winston Churchill

Let’s hope statism is not the victor in 2012. Otherwise your story would be taught in indoctrination camps (aka public schools) all over America in the not so distant future.

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domenico dario December 12, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Jesus Christ says: don’t kill, don’t lie, don’t torture, don’ steal, don’t do atrocities, don’t do abomination etc. etc

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Star December 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Christ’s birth made the angels rejoice and attracted shepherds and kings from afar.

First, the shepherds were there–another dangling something or other. Yes, the angels rejoiced–but angels are sort of flexible. I believe Gabriel even appeared to Mohammed, although later scholars have denied this. There are angels in the Kabbala–many, many. And in Hinduism. The Three Kings were astrologers–following that star. Under the star, when they got there, was the child.

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Pastor emeritus Nathan Bickel December 12, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Voters with half a brain should be able to figure out this disengenuos ploy from our Muslim buddy putative “president.” But, the reality remains:

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

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James G. Borden December 14, 2011 at 12:06 am

AMERICAN PATRIOTS’ MOVEMENT OF AMERICA
National Headquarters: Hilo, Hawaii 96720
The Moslem Turd is campaigning for re-election.
The Moslem Turd knows that the American people are realizing that he is a moslem and is therefore is trying to convince them he is a Christian.
Unfortunately the Moslem Turd is too late because his support for islam has been going on for too long and has been too strong that the truth about him being a moslem is now a fact of llife.
His proposal for Israel to go back to pre-1967 borders also confirmed that he is against Israel.
Barack Hussein Obama II is a Kenyan Born Moslem Piece of Shit.

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Jay December 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm

NOTICE . . Obama never refers to Jesus as God . . . he only refers to Jesus a wonderful person .. a display of God’s love.
This is what Muslims believe as well . . and most every religion.

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RealAmerican January 15, 2012 at 2:14 pm

He-heh…I thought the name of this blog was “White House Disaster”!

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