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Obama Heads to Church – Again

President Obama and his family headed out to church this morning for the third time in a month, the latest sign that the president may be using religion to boost his image as the campaign heats up.

Obama has rarely gone to church since becoming president. But last month he and his family walked across Lafayette Park in front of the White House to attend services at St. John’s Church. They attended Christmas services at a Marine Base in Hawaii and today were at Zion Baptist Church in DC.

While it’s possible the trips to church a part of some kind of renewed personal religious commitment, they are also consistent with Obama’s increased use of religious imagery as part of his public profile.

During two recent annual events – the televised Christmas in Washington gala and the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, Obama invoked specifically Christian themes he had shunned in the past.

The Christian narrative is appealing to a key demographic that fled Democrats en masse during the 2010 midterm election – white working class voters. Obama will need to bring as many members of this group back into the fold if he hopes to prevail in critical swing states like Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina, and other must-win states in the Midwest and the South.

The increasingly large doses of religion added to the Obamas’ public profile has been accompanied by other Average Joe-pleasing displays of middle class virtuousness, like Michelle shopping at Target or the president heading to Best Buy to purchase gifts for his daughters and to PetSmart to get a bone for the dog.

Here are a few details about today’s church trip, courtesy of the White House pool reporter on the scene.

The motorcade rolled out at 10:12am, arriving at 10:23 at Zion Baptist Church.

POTUS and family entered through side door, as choir sang a rousing rendition of “Lord, You Are Good.” Parishioners are on their feet, hands clapping. First family is standing in the second row of pews. POTUS is clapping and bouncing to the beat.

“Enlist sinners, educate students, empower the suffering, encourage the saints, exalt our Savior.” Acts 2:41-47 is enshrined, in metal lettering, on the wall below a huge cross at the front of the church.

Program books, titled “I have a dream,” have a picture of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on covers.

The program book has a plea for donations of “new and gently used warm blankets, sleeping bags, hand and feet warmers,” etc. for Occupy DC.

The Rev. Keith W. Byrd, Sr, is the pastor of Zion Baptist Church, located on Blagden Ave., NW

POTUS and first family was acknowledged and saluted by the Rev. Byrd. Deacon Hendri Williams read from the Rev. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”

Collection baskets are being passed. POTUS places what looks look a whit envelope in the basket.

Pool is sitting in a balcony at the back of the church. It’s a beautiful church. Stained glass windows. A-type vaulted ceilings, of planked wood, with massive wooden trusses.

520 Responses to Obama Heads to Church – Again

  1. I think it is great that they are going to church. Maybe he and Michele will get something out of it. But it does seem obvious that the only time he goes is when he is trying to raise his rating or get re-elected. I would appreciate it if Obama was not so obvious about it.

  2. But will he stop lying? When that happens we will know he’s really found something close to the commandments, but it’s just another optic and hoping to fool a nation just one more time.

  3. When you are a BABY KILLING, SODOMITE SUPPORTER who is effectively working FOR everything that Christ was AGAINST, your religion is pretty much like something you wiped your butt with.

  4. OMG, This corrupt Muslim will stoop to anything to try to get re-elected. He goes to church on Easter and Christmas only to try to appease the Christians he despises, and now goes to church 3 times in a month to try to gain support of the average Joe. Wow, how stupid are the people that fall for his BS

  5. Obama will turn to the Marxist opiate of the masses for re-election. “Religion is the opium of the people” is one of the most frequently paraphrased statements of Karl Marx. It was translated from the German original, “Die Religion … ist das Opium des Volkes” and is often referred to as “religion is the opiate of the masses.”

  6. Im confident Jesus Christ doesnt know him or his current family. But he can keep praying for the damning of America like his buddies Oprah and Jeremiah. Pigs and dogs is all they are.

  7. ROFL ROFL what is with these amnesiac liberals??? –

    bash Christians who ‘CLING TO THEIR RELIGION’………….AND THEN USE IT TO ‘KOOL-AID’ THE NATION AGAIN

    hey liberal media, unions, liberals, socialists, enviro terrorists and Democrats – the SCAM IS UP – WE ARE DONE – you have bankrupted us

    You go ahead and try and win by bashing evil Romey’s Bain Capital and you don’t understand – this is a broken glass election.

    I don’t care if Romney personally went to these companies and fired everyone –

    because it can’t POSSIBLY MATCH THE 2 MILLION AMERICANS THAT OBAMA HAS FIRED EVERY SINGLE WEEK FOR 3 YEARS (EVERY S.I.N.G.L.E. WEEK)

    400,000 A WEEK into the unemployment camps and he thinks he can spend 14 million on vacations just this year and that by PRETENDING TO BE A ‘CLINGER TO RELIGION’ THAT WE WILL IGNORE HIS RECORD OF FAILURE AND DESTRUCTION? Strap in – wake-up call coming Barry.

    I predict that not one Democrat running nationally will win – yes – not one – 2010 WAS JUST A WARM-UP TO STAMP OUT SOCIALISM – the nation gets it now. Liberalism and Socialism sound real good IN TELEPROMPTER SPEECHES BUT THE REALITY IS DESTROYING TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS.

  8. “The increasingly large doses of religion added to the Obamas’ public profile has been accompanied by other Average Joe-pleasing displays of middle class virtuousness, like Michelle shopping at Target or the president heading to Best Buy to purchase gifts for his daughters and to PetSmart to get a bone for the dog.”

    The Average Joe is too intelligent to be pleased, and is more likely to be insulted by the hypocrisy of it all.

    • Ain’t that the truth!! Most of us are well aware of the attitude of this dude-in-chief who really thinks we are stupid….

      Yup, some of us are, for proof look to the polls of those who still will vote for him. But this dude-in-chief hasn’t realized yet that most of us can be fooled once..but not twice!

    • WHAT’S SO FUNNY IS THAT THE LEFTWINGNUTS think they will cause us to question Romney based on his being a Mormon, after all it WORKED LAST TIME DIDN’T IT????
      ROFL ROFL

      that was when it was Mormon vs. Christian

      NOW WE HAVE ‘MORMON’ VS. MUSLIM

      not such a good winning choice liberals…………ROFL ROFL

      and how come the media doesn’t worry about MORMON HARRY REID BEING IN POWER????? never once do liberals sit around and mull that HARRY REID WILL LOSE BECAUSE HE IS A MORMON.

      I love it —————–the leftwingnut hoods are off and they are as crazy as they look

  9. Obama is innoculating himself from closer scrutiny of his past religion called “Black Liberation Theology” as well as Reverend Jeremiah Wright. His surrogates will then attack Romney and his Mormonism through innuendo then blatant hypocrisy.

  10. MLK is turning in his grave. He *never* would have approved of the race-baiting and class warfare espoused by this administration.

    Finally finding a DC church after 3 years? He’s golfed more Sunday’s than he has attended church. After all these years, he is still a cypher. His values are still a mystery to us yet his behavior is strictly driven by political ambition.

  11. I don’t mind his hypocrisy half as much as I mind his opinion of all of us. Does he really think people are this stupid and are once again going to fall for the “I’m one of you…hope and change” crap? I mean – I know that many lefty liberal moonbats are, but that’s beside the point. Even many Democrats (the rare type with one foot grounded in reality) can see through this socialist’s phoniness and won’t put party ahead of country.

  12. What’s so tough to figure out? This is to fool politcally Independant Christians into believing he’s one of them. This is only happening because Romney will likely be his competition. Romney is going to be painted as something strange… A MORMON! Of course the media that thought Jeremiah Wright was off limits will lead the chorus of strange Mormon beliefs that Americans need to know about. Scary stuff from the Liberal Democrat playbook.

  13. I’m 100 % for our Christian President who’s slowly pulling our Country out of the Free Fall he inherited. Watch out Haters Reagan was at 82 % unemployment at this point in his presidency. Wall St. is acknowledging a recovery is very likely. The CEO’s are saying hiring will be up this year in response to stronger demand Boeing has to make jets for the world’s airlines with record backlog, GM is number one in the world already again, and we’re exporting oil and gas. What cha going to do when the RECOVERY goes through.

    • “I’m 100 % for our Christian President who’s slowly pulling our Country out of the Free Fall he inherited. Watch out Haters Reagan was at 82 % unemployment at this point in his presidency. ”

      Please show me where BO has identified himself as a Christian. Also, please stop blaming Bush for this mess. Obama’s $875B “stimulus” was supposed to cap unemployment at 7%. Reagan never made such promises.

      “Wall St. is acknowledging a recovery is very likely. The CEO’s are saying hiring will be up this year in response to stronger demand Boeing has to make jets for the world’s airlines with record backlog,”

      This despite the Obama adminsitration blocking Boeing’s attempt to build a plant in SC? I suppose any new business would help the unions in BO’s back pocket.

      “GM is number one in the world already again, and we’re exporting oil and gas”

      GM needs to get their stock price above $65 dollars to truly “pay back” taxpayers. Do you have GM stock? We’ve always exported energy so what’s your point? Has it increased?

      Your post supports my presumption that liberals are unable to think for themselves but are fully willing to regurgitate what nonsense they take as “fact”. Why do you bother posting at these sites? If you consider yourself informed, you are doing a poor job of proving it. Diversify the sources of your information and get with the program.

    • Reagan had created an atmosphere where last month at the same point in his presidency there were 1 million new jobs..

      Hmm..yup..just like this guy!

      Keep on your meds to keep believin’ Obama is good for us…, the rest of us know better.

  14. barry and fat-assed michelle of the vicious hate whities chicago church are on their way out. these spiteful spree-spending thugs will not be missed.

  15. He ‘s got some catching up ahead of him. So far, golf is his most important activity. At lease winter in Washington does make it less of a dilemma for him.
    Lets hope some thinking time in a pew helps him recognize the terrible straights our country finds itself in, and helps him recognize that he shares responsibility for the crisis. I don’t expect a miracle!

  16. If I were a deacon in that church, I wouldn’t have let him through the door until he repented of his support for late term abortion (baby murder). He defiled the church, like slaughtering a pig in the Holy of Holies.

  17. Really, all I can do is laugh and laugh and laugh.

    I used to cry, when I believed that Obama was right and most of us were stupid sheep…

    but now I laugh at this buffoon who really believes most of us are stupid sheep..but we are awake.

    Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

    The song “We won’t get fooled again” by Pete Townsend and Who would be a great campaign song for ANYONE who runs against this..this..ah, the heck with it.

  18. A friend just sent me your website.

    I am going to subscribe but my problem is that when I quote something to the liberal friends I have, there is always this question: ” When or where did he say that”?
    I need a date and or something substantial to verify the quote.

    Thank you..

  19. The good Pastor and the deacon should have read to Barry this Holy Bible on
    True and False Disciples: Matthew 7:21

    21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

  20. The above article is woefully lacking in facts. First, President Obama went to church more in his first year in office than George W. (supposed Christian) went in 8 years as President. And certainly more than Ronald Reagan ever did. Hee hardly ever attended church throughout his life. He conveniently became born again after he found out what it meant when Jimmy Carter said he was born again.

    So, why don’t you go after the hypocrisy of Republicans. Let’s look at Newt Gingrich’s convenient Catholicism. So, he could be forgiven of his adultery? BTW how does a 3-times married, 2-times divorced man with two ex-wives still living get accepted into the Catholic church?

    Bill Clinton attended Church regularly. Jimmy Carter taught Sunday school.

    If you want to take politicians to task for “using” religion take a good hard look at the Republicans who have held office and those running for office.

    BTW there are lots of websites listing supposedly “Christian” politicians who have committed adultery, had homosexual liaisons (also adultery since they were almost all married), and committed paedophilia.

    You aren’t look at the right people or the right party if you’re looking for hypocritical Christian politicians.

    • The black liberation theology church Obama went to for so long preached that God must rise up and kill all the white people,. If God would not obey this demand, they will kill Him as He is useless.

      Yeah I ‘ll count that if you want me to. Sure.

    • Let’s not compare lists of hypocrites. You will lose. I think you shot your whole wad in this one post, cute little anecdotes that they are. And the problem here is you give Obama credit for the same thing you hold against conservatives. So my list of hypocrites begins with YOU.

  21. Let’s face it, our Kenyan !zlamist prez will do anything to get re-elected. Once the election is over, he’ll go back to what he really is. Does he actually think the American people can’t see through his phoney baloney act. For heaven’s sake, all you have to do is see what he’s done to this country to realize that Chr!stianity isn’t even in his vocabulary…the man is demonic. I’m sure he had a bunch of photographers bussed in to get a pic of him going into the church.