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Obama Heads Out to Church

President Obama today made a rare appearance in church, strolling with his family across Lafayette Park to St. John’s, well known as the church where presidents pray.

From the pool report:

Sunday morning: POTUS and family are attending mass at St. John’s Episcopal Church at Layfayette Sq. in Washington, DC. The first family walks out of the WH at 10:28 am, and strolled across Layfayette Sq to the church at the north end. No hurry there. POTUS walks with Malia, a hand on her shoulder; FLOTUS walks hand-in-hand with Sasha.

Passing the Pool, POTUS says hello but nothing more. A member of the press asks Malia how her experience at a New Hampshire camp was. “Good, thank you,” she responds.

Chorus is singing “I Come with Joy” as the first family enters the church.

Delivering the sermon at St. John’s this morning is Rev. Michael Angell. He mentions the shooting this week at Washington’s Family Research (Council), and calls on the country’s political rivals to come together to work out differences without violence. Angell mentions that he grew up near Auroura, Col.

Obama has been to regular Sunday services in Washington this year I think once or twice before this.

Don’t worry, there will still be time for golf, although they’re calling for thunderstorms in the DC area.

UPDATE: No golf today. The press pool has been told to go home.

407 thoughts on “Obama Heads Out to Church”

    1. Two new Obama bumper stickers:



      both with a little silhouette of a man teeing off.
      I’d pt one on my car!

  1. I bet they don’t go back to THAT church. How dare the pastor talk about the shootings that involved people of faith! Didn’t he know he should have changed his sermon to be on the rich giving their fair share and how those religious people deserved what they got for not being secular? Well! I guess Obama will need to put out an exectuive order to stop this rampant religiosity. Shoot! He thought he had taken care of this with the Obamacare mandate on birth control drugs! I guess he will need to mandate churches to provide it free to their congregation. That will fix them!

    1. Odumbo would have felt much better if the pastor had talked white man’s greed in a world of greed, shouted “G..damn America” and “America’s chickens have come home to roost.”

      “I voted for Obama to prove I was not a racist. Now I wonder who I can vote for to prove I am not an idiot.”…unknown

      “To avoid being mistaken for a sellout, I chose my friends carefully. The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The Marxist Professors and structural feminists and punk-rock performance poets.”…Marxist Obamba

      “When classmates in college asked me just what a community organizer did, I couldn’t answer them directly. Instead ,I’d pronounce the need for change.”…Obamba

      “I blew a few smoke rings, remembering those years. Pot had helped,and booze;maybe a little blow when you could afford it.”…Obamba


      Under Obama
      – Lowest consecutive GDP quarters than anytime in our history
      – Unemployment has nearly doubled
      – More workers fall out of the labor force than anytime in our history
      – Minority unemployment is highest in 30+ years
      – Young worker unemployment highest since tracked in the 1950’s
      – Unemployment over 8% for 41 months, never has happened in our history
      – 38% increase in Americans living at or below poverty, more than anytime in our history
      – 36% increase in homelessness
      – 13% more Americans WITHOUT healthcare today than 4 years ago
      – 50% increase in debt
      – 4.5x more people on foodstamps
      – 3x more people on welfare than anytime in our history
      – In 3 wars instead of 2 and about to be a 4th with Syria
      – Gitmo still open
      – More companies have filed bankruptcy than anytime in our history
      – 25% increase in home foreclosures
      – Under Obamacare women can only get pap smears every 4 years instead of annually
      – Under obamacare mamograms every 3 years instead of annually
      – The real war on women

      On Joe Soptic:
      1. The steel plant was already on the skids BEFORE Bain tried to save it.

      2. Cheap imports from Asia led to the closure of that plant.

      3. By closing THAT plant, Bain SAVED jobs at their OTHER steel facilities.

      4. Fast-forward 5 YEARS later: Soptic had declined insurance for his wife at his janitorial job. Mrs. Soptic had insurance of her own.

      5. NO insurance could have spared her from terminal lung cancer within 22 days from diagnosis. She thought she only had pneumonia.

      Now ya know the truth.

      1. Bain would not have looked at buying the mill if it weren’t about to close… that’s what Bain does – save companies and jobs, tries to make a profit, and sell the companies to interested buyers. Nothing new about that… at least Romney KNOWS how to save and create jobs.

        Just to add to Soptic…

        6. He did an ad for the administration earlier this year wearing the same shirt.

        7. Soptic had a chance at a FAT payoff to leave prior to the plant closing.

      2. Buzz:

        What you are saying about the steel plant in St. Louis is true. Armco sold it to Bain & they actually gave 8 more yrs. to workers for jobs before it finally closed. I’m living in the midst of it now here in the Ohio River Valley. Wheeling-Pitt Steel, sold at least 4 times in the last 7+ yrs. ( Now R.G.Steel, formerly the Broussard Bros. from Chi. owned it) is being broken up & as I write this going to several bigger steel companies piece-meal. No one really knows what’s going to happen or even if there WILL be ANY steel work left here between Steubenville & Wheeling in the several plants.

        Shame most people only believe what they are told, not what now with the iternet is almost impossible NOT to find.

    2. This was one of the most incredibly stupid things I have ever seen written. I believe when the future generations look back, they will see your comment as some sort of proto-man language. It honestly makes me believe men are evolving still. You most certainly don’t belong to a thinking, rational species. It seems you lack the self awareness to recognize your ignorance, consequently being forever trapped in a positive feedback loop of pride, and self righteous indignation. I really didn’t mean this reply to be mean, I just honestly think you may want to know that you are seriously lagging behind the rest of mankind. I wish you well.

        1. 93% of scientists agree with me. I am sure you are happy in religion and conservatism, I am happy with no religion and political independence.

          1. So, Uncle Grumbles, you have spoken to all of the scientishs in the world and 93% of them agree with you, wow. You must be very busy traveling all over the world to do that. Self important also, from your statement.
            Being political independent, does this mean you do not vote?
            So that means you should not have a comment for those of us that do vote and have the freedom to determine whom our leaders should be.
            No religion either, I feel sorry for you, maybe a prayer later for you.

          2. where in the hell are you coming up with this shit? Independents do vote. I’ve seen multiple studies that have shown scientists to be atheists or non religious. Why did I seem self-important?

          3. There’s no correlation between being a scientist and being an atheist. Science isn’t the study of disproving God’s existence. While on the other hand, there is a high correlation of being a smug asshole and Liberal/atheist. Every available study has proven this.

            93% of scientists agree with me,(1) we could give a rat’s ass if you are an atheist,(2)we would appreciate all atheists to get out of our faces about telling us you’re an atheist, and (3)we give neither fuck or care about your feelings or opinion on any subject pertaining to religion.

            Persecution by the minority is only tolerated by the govern of the majority for so long.

          4. Except you clicked a story on drudgereport about Obama going to church, and went to the comments to find an atheist comment, and then wasted time telling me how you didn’t care enough to waste time caring about whether scientists are atheists or not. You then said for atheists to get out of your face (this is an internet message board. You know, that place where people can express ideas freely), and threatened me by telling me you are the majority and just like a good religious person, when your ideas are threatened, you up the ante with more extreme threats. You would do well in an Islamic Theocracy.
            Look, I am not saying one way or another if it’s a good thing. I just find it striking that the scientific population has a majority of non-religious persons. I’m tired of religious people asserting their dominance over others and using ancient texts to prescribe morals with legislation. If we stand any chance of surviving the cluster fuck that this president, and the presidents before him wrought on us, we are going to have to have a strong grasp on reality. Romney and his holy underwear, and goofy mormonism don’t offer that.
            By the way, everyone is smug. If we believed other people’s ideas were more right than ours, we wouldn’t have our own ideas. Get off your smug high horse.

    1. Well, it looks like an election is around the corner so I’m sure he’ll be in church physically for a few weeks. Mentally, in a Christian church? Fergit it!

    2. You mean usurper in chief. It looks like an election is around the corner so I’m sure he’ll be in church physically for a few weeks. Mentally, in a Christian church? Fergit it!

    3. Can’t be bothered to put his hand over his heart or wear an American flag pin because it’s disingenuous and he’s ever so transcendent.

      Oh, it’s election time again…better make a church appearance. He’ll get that nasty church taste out of his mouth with extra rounds of golf and wagu beef with Clooney later on.

  2. A few hours at a house of worship, no matter why, is a good thing.
    A day on the golf course is a good thing too, we don’t want him getting ‘exhausted’ so that VPBiden has to step in.

      1. He’ll probably go to church more between today and November 6th than the previous three and a half years combined. I bet he didn’t hear a word of it, just like at Rev Wrights sermons.

    1. You are aware they have to pander because the fundie christian base in the US is insane, right? He has to act like he believes in talking devil snakes, and men with wings to get all the old people out and get a vote for god. All presidents do this. I am not an Obama supporter, but what is wrong with you people? You won’t be taken at all seriously if you talk the way you do.

        1. I swear I’m not. I actually liked Ron Paul the best, even though his religious views differed from mine. Besides, why would it matter if I was an Obama supporter? My question had no correlation to my candidate’s support. It was merely a statement of fact.

          1. Seriously, disseminate the actual information. Look at religious demographics for countries and how politics plays into that.

  3. Are you a reporter, a commentor, a journalist or something else? If something else, what? I looked at your website and found a “Support President Obama” link/ad. What gives??

    I appreciate accountability. The current president acts more like a benevolent dictator.

    1. The ad for Obama is likely from a space that was sold to an ad site that buys the space and then puts a variety of ads in the space. It might be something else tomorrow. Keith has no control over what they run in the space they rent from him. Besides, it gives us something to sneer at as we read and post. And I doubt anyone here is going to click on it anyway, so Obama is just wasting money by having it here. The more money he wastes the better, right?

    1. Have you ever studied mormonism? No offense bro, but all religions are nuts. I really don’t believe in talking satan snakes anymore than I believe in zeus. I want a president that doesn’t think an ancient text that advocates rape, or think his underpants are holy, or infidels should be killed having the ability to destroy other nations. I want a president who thinks scientifically.

      1. Hey G. You’re thinking of pentacostals… dipshit. You seem mighty mad at religion. Were you by chance one of those unlucky altar boys? Or was it your daddy that gave it to you good when mommy wasn’t around?

        1. I was talking about genesis, you neanderthal. I’m tired of this pandering bull shit by people who think morals should come from ancient texts, especially ones that teach that a loving god makes a deal with satan to prove to satan that a guy named job loves him, and in doing so, destroys everything he owns, and kills his family and servants. I’m tired of people not being able to draw muhammad. I’m ready to embrace a civilization that teaches science apart from religion, and where technology and innovation actually have a chance. None of those things happened to me, but why would you want to make fun of that? The catholic church is really doing that. Doesn’t that make you as sad as me? Why would you also make fun of fathers that molest their children? In one hand, you defend religion, on the other you laugh at child rape. It honestly terrifies me that there are people who think like you.

          1. If you read the end of Job, God gives Job back twice as much for being faithful to Him. By the way, you do not need to use such coarse language to get a point across. If you are as smart as you say you are, you should be able to get your point across in intelligent conversation

          2. how about if you are offended by course language, you should not be on the internet. God still made a deal with the devil. Good luck worshiping a god that sells you out to make a point to his arch nemesis.

          3. Most intelligent people have enough of a vocabulary that they don’t have to use coarse language. They can discuss things intelligently. Of course, if you went to one of the colleges your master went to, I can understand your lack of civility and vocabulary.

          4. And besides, why were you mad at me for using “course” language, but ok with political hostage joking about childhood rape? I think bad words are much gentler than bad actions. Do you not see the hypocrisy in this because it is embarrassing to actually defend the insane requirements and stories of the bible, and as such you’d rather be offended by my substantially less offensive message? I am honestly curious.

      2. Hey Grumpy, you DO know that “Dirty Harry Reid” is ALSO a Mormon
        right? Why are you all in a twist about ANY religion? Is it ok with you
        that Obama is “Hiding HIS being a Muslim and has had his brethern-
        The Muslim Brotherhood visiting the Whitehouse? You know them, they’re the ones taking over the MiddleEast, with tight association with
        Radical Terrorists, that HAVE, and STILL WANT TO KILL AMERICANS….THAT OK WITH YOU TOO?

        1. No dude. To be honest I was hoping Obama was an atheist. Did you know that 93% of scientists are atheists? I could see a bright future with science in a world like that.

          1. I cant tell if your serious or not, Im just confused why you would want all athiest scientists? Why not diversify them so we have people who call them on their bogus theories which they get need to survive in their field. i watch the history channel and hear the scientest exclaim how the state of Iowa burned over a million years ago from a soil sample or carbon dating etc. How can anyone disprove they arent just exaggerating what they truley know. Most of the time I wouldnt care but when our countries gov invests billions in green technology because we think we might slow down the green house effect (the earth burning up) I just get a little fired up. Atheist scientest prey on the weak and gullible minds and from what Ive heard most of them know it.

          2. Let’s see. Studying the intricate complexities of mathematics, and biology, and then reproducing staggeringly complex ideas and theories that leads to actual results like making the blind see, bringing people back the brink of death, making the lame walk, and then praying for these things to happen from a book that was written thousands of years ago by authors who we have no clue about, and compiled nearly 300 years after the book’s messiah god beamed up to his spaceship.
            I want scientists to not be swayed by superstitions. I want them to be free to ponder the mysteries of the universe with the best tools available. Faith destroys critical thinking, a tool America desperately needs right now.
            Scientists do exaggerate sadly from time to time. We can perform other tests though, that fact check. Proving the initial results false, and moving on to new areas that need enlightenment.
            The ideas of carbon dating, etc… are pretty well solidified. The Earth is more than 6,000 years old. The Earth is heating up. Almost all scientists recognize we have a part in it. Why would you not want renewable energy? There are people much smarter than either of us working on these technologies, and with gas and oil being a horrible fuel to run our technological age, we should be looking at all costs for new viable energies. Fusion for instance will most likely be a game changer when achieved.
            As a former religious person, I have found great freedom in a world without religion. I find more often than not, the churches around here are stuffed to capacity with the feeble minded. I see a child like fear of the unknown in them, transitioning from the monsters under the bed, to the devils in hell. I see a desire to believe that there is a being able to give wealth, and heal the sick and dying. It’s sad, because science and technology are actually offering these things for the first time in our existence as humans. Imagine a world in which are children are taught about neutrinos, and nematodes, and distant galaxies, about the chance of life on other planets, about exploring Mars every Sunday morning, instead of being taught from ancient superstitious texts.

          3. Sorry, Pagliacci, you’re using a made-up number. The lowest percentage you’ll find in any reputable survey is 33%. So can the knowitall attitude and check your facts…instead of checking your brain at the door.

      3. Moderator: I posted ONE comment in reply to Grumpy-but your air message said I had a duplicate….You Never posted the One and ONLY reply I wrote, so what gives? I’d like it posted please to Grumpy.

        1. Yeah, kinda blows. Wishing for a jesus of my own though won’t change reality. Guess I’ll just have to live this life like it’s not a test and cherish every friendship and family member that much more dearly and see every experience more vibrantly and beautifully knowing we will be separated by a gulf of eternity when it ends. You know what, I should call my mom right now. Bye

        1. OBAMA LIE #43: “We’ll invest $15 Billion a year over the next decade in renewable energy, creating five million new green jobs…”
          Obama has spent more than $90 Billion in an attempt to generate the millions of “green jobs” he promised in 2008. Four years later taxpayers have received little return on this investment. $535 Million were wasted on Solyndra alone, which declared bankruptcy in September 2011 and laid off 1,100 workers. “69 Obama Lies” Grassfire Nation

  4. it’s so hypocritical to see obama in church, knowing he has blessed gay marriage and is all for murdering the unborn, it would better read if it said, satan went to church this morning,even though i’m sure satan is there every sunday, not 2 sundays a year

    1. Bhahahahahah Good one, but I somehow have the idea that he hardly attended Wrights sermons, instead preferring 19 holes of golf , it would explain why he never heard the Marxist sermons many of those mornings. Appears that the man even lies about his church attendance.

  5. So they got a clueless journo to do the pool report this morning.

    1) A “chorus” doesn’t sing. It should be “the choir.” A chorus is something that IS sung.
    2) Also, I am fairly sure that St. John’s, an Episcopal church, does not celebrate Mass, which is a Roman Catholic term for the ritual that Protestants call Eucharist or the Lord’s Supper.

    1. Just to correct myself before someone else does. Mass is something celebrated by the Roman Catholic church.
      It is not the same ritual as Protestants celebrate. Protestants don’t celebrate Mass, under that or any other name. Protestants celebrate Eucharist or the Lord’s Supper, but it is not the same as the Catholic Mass.
      So it is completely wrong for the pool reporter to say the Obamas went to Mass in a Protestant church.

      1. Perhaps the “pool reporters” should study up on their religious denominations. The Communion service is not , nor it should be, referred to as a “mass” in the Episcopal Church. It is totally a Catholic terminology used for the the celebraion of the Holy Eucharist The Anglicans often (justifiably) make use of the term,
        The Mass is the celebration of the Liturgy of the Eucharist in which the ordained priest consecrates the bread and wine.

    2. Some Episcopalians do refer to the Eucharistic Rites as a “Mass”. This has overtones of high church or Anglo-Catholic branches, and I’m not sure, but Episcopalians who do not recognize the latest edition of The Book of Common Prayer might not either. It’s not common, but it is in use.

  6. Going to church doesn’t make a person a Christian anymore than walking into a garage makes him a car. It is difficult not to judge BHO in this regard, but the hostility against the tenets of the Roman Catholic faith contained in his health care measure bespeaks little respect for the 1st Amendment.

  7. At least the good Reverend Angell mentioned the shooting at the Family Research Center. Didn’t hear a peep out of King Kardashian after it happened.

  8. Since it’s this close to election, Obama wanted to be seen in church. Maybe even round up a few new voters. It isn’t because he’s so godly for sure!

      1. To which of my homes are you referring, Chicago or Nairobi? If you’ll excuse me now, I have to confer with my friends at NBC & ABC to see if we can splice together some photoshopped video footage of Paul Ryan eating black babies and hire some guy in a Mitt Romney mask to spray gunfire at abortion clinics in Ohio. Forward!.

  9. Too bad this pastor didn’t exposit accurately a few verses from the Bible rather than giving his opinions. Sounds like mostly a waste of time for everyone.

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      Axelrod agreed, but also saw a political benefit to the high-mindedness. He believed trashing the super PACs was a messaging winner for Obama — a stance vehemently opposed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Messina. “We’re going to lose this [f-ing] thing. Why don’t they get it?” Messina said of Axelrod and Obama.

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      During secret Sunday Roosevelt Room meetings with his top political and White House advisers, Obama has expressed concerns that the enthusiasm gap between his 2008 and 2012 support could cost him the election. He often peppers participants with pointed questions about campaign metrics — he’s especially interested in gauges of base enthusiasm, including the latest reports on volunteer enrollment in swing states and college campuses.

      Obama remains frustrated with the bickering by Hill Democrats. During a closed-door meeting in June, he told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that Republicans were trying “to delegitimize me,” and implored them to put his own reelection over competing political priorities.

      “Look, guys. I plan on winning this race,” he said, according to a person briefed on the interaction. “If I don’t win, then anything we say now doesn’t matter. I plan on winning this race. So let’s figure out how to win this race.”

      Despite Obama’s all-in commitment to the campaign, there have been signs of strain. And people close to him detect, from time to time, a yearning for the high ground. It is most often reflected during his drafting of speeches — a therapeutic, clarifying exercise for a politician with a writer’s impulse to reconciling contradiction through narrative.

      To give Obama a break from the relentless negativity of the campaign, friend and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett quietly set up a salon/dinner for Obama over the summer — which lasted more than two hours, a huge block of presidential time.

      On hand were Jarrett’s friend and Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson, Facebook billionaire and new New Republic Publisher Chris Hughes, and Apple executive Scott Forstall, who led the team that developed the iPhone.

      One of the topics?

      Civility and political discourse.

  10. Only 5 more months ’til we remove the Marxist from the Oval Office, repeal Obamacare, get Americans back to work, get the economy back on its feet, okay the Keystone pipeline, lift the ban on offshore drilling & DRILL BABY DRILL


    NOBAMA 2012

    1. Hope is high in S.E. Texas as private land owners are starting to move the machines to start this end of the pipeline. Leases are being signed, offices are opening up, crews are starting to form and move. Someone sure thinks the election is in the bag and the pipeline is going forward.
      This guy has to go, and the whole Democratic Party if need be.

  11. The Kenyan born, Russian communist educated imposter is a Sunni Muslim fooling America for almost 5 years now. Putin told him he better do a better job and check for microphones in future. Sasha’s real name is Natasha, the most popular name in Russia where he graduated from Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow. I am from Hollywood and Obama is the best actor I have ever seen.

  12. The left is so used to deceiving it’s constituents with childish lies, that the Great Pretender thinks that Independents will assume he is Christian, and a God fearing man if he shows up a time or two a year.
    I know there are hardcore, and even extremist Liberals that will back Obama under the most ridiculous circumstances, but it’s the other 35+% that are typical Democrats and still plan on voting for this man. I wonder what percentage of these people get there news from any other source than MSM.

  13. The second to last sentence is a joke, right?

    “Obama has been to regular Sunday services in Washington this year I think once or twice before this.”

    I wonder when one or two show ups in church on Sunday has become “regular” attendance? He attends Ramadan faithfully and cancelled the National Day of Prayer. Anyone with a thinking brain can see that the man leans Islam. And before everyone jumps on my comment, THERE IS NOTHING wrong with being Muslim, except HE doesn’t admit it. What is he ashamed of?

    1. I think he meant the services are regular (ie: every Sunday OR not for special occasions like Christmas or Easter), not Barry’s attendance at same.

  14. Going to church, for the oBamas, is jus a show to appease his christian followers. It’s interesting that a lifelong muslin would even be seen inside a church, except as a dicersinary tactic and tom foolery. Remember, the muslim edict is it is OK to lie if it is used to deceive your enemy.

  15. Catholics and Christians are sometimes referred to as C E Catholic/Christians for only attending church Christmas and Easter
    Now we have an example of P. E. Christian for attending church Pre-Election

  16. Wow. Mitt makes headilnes (for some reason) for the ordinary, American thing to do by going to church. Someone calls Obama and he whips the family up and off they go to church too. It makes me wanna say “Jesus.”

  17. Is this not pathetic? The degenerates in the White House had to go to the trouble of attending a Christian Church because the Romneys attended church. Just look at the sh** the poor ,messiah has to do to appease the bitter clingers….

    1. Might have been fun if the sermon had been on the book of Daniel. One of the “kings” mentioned may have sounded a little familiar to Dear Leader & the family…

      “11:36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.

      11:37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.”

      Maybe not, they sat in Rev. Wright’s church for years and never heard a thing. It kinda sounds like someone who may have been making a rare visit to that church on that day to me, though…

  18. I can imagine that the reaction to this political act of church going within the First Family was pretty much like the confusion and whining of all families whose lead parent makes them attend on High Holy Days and the like. It does little for the soul, and in this case, not much for the political standing.



  20. What, no synagogue? Didn’t he go to school in Indonesia and study Islam? Of course, but what passport did he use? He could NOT have used a passport issued by the USA, and Indonesian schools would NEVER have allowed a classroom seat to be taken up by a wealthy American student, if that is incorrect, then SHOW US THE PASSPORT THAT WAS USED.

    1. He went to school in Indonesia when his mother married Lolo Soetero and they all lived in Indonesia. He was 7 to 10 at the time. He was on his mother’s passport. Then he came back to the States and went to private school while living with his grandparents.

  21. Obama goes to Church, Ain’t that swell.

    I wondered if he enjoyed his Ramadan dinner.
    Oh, no Food Friday Svcs at the White House for 3 years.
    No Easter Meal at the White House for 3 years.

    National day of prayer? Oh Obama cancelled that 3 years ago.

  22. Fact: Early 1990’s, Web Hubbel’s sister, an ER nurse at Universty Hospital has a party. Hiliary & Bill are both there. Bill & Web are going out on the town with “Hubbel’s Honey’s” some of which are ER nurses at University Hospital. Hiliary puts her finger in Web’s sister’s face and says, ” I don’t care where you go or what you do, just have him back in time to be seen on the steps of the church.”
    Going to church, that is what politicians do and Clinton was a master at using religion to get votes.

  23. Now we know for sure the White Hut is getting nervous about November… question is, to what god does the Usurper pray? Only Jeremiah Wright knows the answer and he ain’t sayin’.

  24. I wouldn’t care if he never went to church but to use church as a prop is about
    as low as you can get. Also great example for the girls wonder how they explain all the contradictory things they do to them?

  25. Obama’s headed to church? Must be election season.

    But seriously, where is the outrage from  Americans United for Separation of Church and State?

    On the rare occasion when President Obama takes part in a church service, there is clearly great risk of the country being pushed into a single state-sponsored religion.

    Isn’t the next step that we’ll all have to follow Rev. Jeremiah Wright or whoever Obama gets his inspiration from?

    Attention Barry Lynn (head of AUSCS): We have a public display of religion by an elected official!

    Atheists to your battle stations! (    ) help us!

  26. This monkey couldn’t make a pimple on the ass of a US president….Tar and feather him and sent him back to chicago on a donkey.

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