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ABC: Obama ‘Texts’ God, And Vice Versa

From ABC News:

Holy BlackBerry! Obama Finds Ways to Keep the Faith During First Year in Office

Has the First Family’s D.C. Church Search Come to a Close?


Jan. 29, 2010—If church attendance is one measure of a man’s faith, then President Obama may appear to have lost some of his. The first family, once regular churchgoers, have publicly attended services in Washington just three times in the past year, by ABC News’ count, even bypassing the pews on Christmas Day.

Obama quit Chicago’s embattled Trinity United Church of Christ months before taking office in 2008 and has not formally joined a new one in his new hometown.

But sources familiar with the president’s personal life say Obama remains a faithful Christian while in the White House, practicing his beliefs regularly in private with family and the aid of his BlackBerry.

"Barack Obama is a Christian. He’s always been clear and unapologetic about that, and he’s comfortable with his own faith," Rev. Jim Wallis, an Obama friend and spiritual adviser, said. "But I think the president, particularly a president, needs the kind of pastoral care or spiritual counsel with people who don’t have a political agenda. And it’s hard for a president to get that."

Obama told ABC Nightline’s Terry Moran that his personal BlackBerry, which he famously fought with the Secret Service to keep, has actually become a tool of keeping the faith during his first year in office.

"My Faith and Neighborhood Initiatives director, Joshua DuBois, he has a devotional that he sends to me on my BlackBerry every day," Obama said. "That’s how I start my morning. You know, he’s got a passage, Scripture, in some cases quotes from other faiths to reflect on."

“Other faiths”?


Keeping the faith in quiet moments of worship may be the best Obama can do given the realities of the presidency that make it nearly impossible to join a church without inflicting a heavy burden on taxpayers, fellow churchgoers and his own spiritual life, sources say.

Security concerns mean costly and complicated measures to ensure the president’s safety on church outings, including screening every member of the congregation for weapons and sweeping the church building and areas around it for threats.

And yet somehow every other President in modern times managed to attend church in DC. Even Bill Clinton, with his ten pound Bible.

But don’t the Obamas’ ‘date nights’ cause as much disruption and cost?

Incessant media attention is also distracting for any president trying to commune with God, exposing what is traditionally a private practice to public scrutiny, Wallis said

Somehow none of our previous Presidents faced “incessant media attention.”

The Obamas announced a search for a new place of worship in late 2008 after a scandal over incendiary comments by then-pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright forced their separation from Trinity, where they had been members for 20 years.

Apparently, without ever once hearing a Reverend Wright sermon.

Days before his inauguration, Obama described to ABC News the "difficult time" of being without a church, saying that despite receiving daily prayers from supporters, "it’s not the same as going to church and the choir’s going and you get this feeling." …

Joshua DuBois, the White House religious affairs director, said last year that the Obamas "will choose a church home at a time that is best for their family." It’s now looking increasingly like their search may be indefinite.

Aides and family friends have spent months visiting various local churches on behalf of the Obamas.

So the Obamas are attending church by proxy?

And on two occasions, the first family turned to an old presidential favorite across the street from the White House, St. John’s Episcopal.

Every president since James Madison has attended a service at St. Johns, where pew 54 is designated as "The President’s Pew."

President Obama also enjoys worshipping "fairly regularly" at the Evergreen Chapel at Camp David, where the Rev. Carey Cash — a U.S. Navy chaplain and great-nephew of singer Johnny Cash — ministers, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs has said…

And we are supposed to believe him.

Church Membership Not a Requisite, Presidential Historians Say

A president’s not formally joining a Washington, D.C., church is consistent with precedent, historians say.

"For the modern presidency, it is not the norm that a president attends church regularly," University of Maryland presidential scholar Matthew Burger said

That simply is untrue.

Every modern President has attended church services more often than Mr. Obama.

Obama Keeps the Faith on His BlackBerry

Despite the challenges of attending church while in office, Obama has indicated that he has not been detached from his faith or faith communities during his first year.

The President told ABC News in July that he prays every night before going to bed.

"I pray all the time now," Obama said. "I’ve got a lot of stuff on my plate and I need guidance all the time."

Aides say some of that guidance comes from the president’s faith advisory council of 25 religious and non-profit leaders who help the administration partner with faith-based and community groups in providing social services

What a load of spinnage.

During the campaign Mr. Obama was not shy about presenting himself as a ‘committed Christian’ (see above).

But that, like his American flag pin, was only a put on for the ‘rubes.’

By the way, which is the smaller number? The number of times Mr. Obama has gone to Church since becoming President? (Three, according to ABC.)

Or the number of press conferences the most open and transparent Presidency has held? (None since July, when he berated those “stupid” Cambridge policemen who arrested his friend ‘Skip’ Gates.)

Or is Mr. Obama holding press conferences on his Blackberry and through proxies, as well?

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, January 30th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

24 Responses to “ABC: Obama ‘Texts’ God, And Vice Versa”

  1. BobonStatenIsland says:

    Blackberry? I thought Obama was told that once President he would not be allowed to use a Blackberry for security reasons? That’s like using a cell phone; anyone can tap into that via the airwaves.

    • Gary says:

      Brings new meaning to the phrase “phoning it in.” But God is not mocked. We’ll see what develops as time goes on.

    • ptat says:

      Succinctly put, Gary! Those are 4 powerful words-“God is not mocked”. This prideful, cocky manchild will either be humbled or humiliated. There is a sweet difference.

  2. BobonStatenIsland says:

    Blackberry? I thought Obama was told that once President he would not be allowed to use a Blackberry for security reasons? That’s like using a cell phone; anyone can tap into that via the airwaves.

  3. proreason says:

    He wouldn’t lie about his religion would he?

  4. David says:

    Can easily keep the entire Bible on a Blackberry if he wanted to. If it is seems too hard for him to find an actual Bible to read in the White House, perhaps he could access one of the many online databases of devotions created by the greatest Christian minds rather then one of his own yes men. A Christian who doesn’t go to church is to be pitied and Christian who doesn’t read the most important document in his life is to be doubted!

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      Can it easily keep the Koran as well?

      Forgive me, Lord I did not mean to be petty. Just aksin’.

  5. canary says:

    Obama gave credit to staffer Joshua DuBois for DuBois’s aid in policy recommendations and editorial suggestions & corrections for his ‘audacity hope book’. He failed to hyphen pro-choice which shows how much they know when the flub
    DuBois took some blame for on Obama’s website, when a Doctor wrote to Obama about abortion and mentioned Obama saying he “..would fight right-wing IDEOLOGUES..”.

    In the chapter on faith Obama some quotes “I checked my website and found the offending words. They were not my own; my staff had posted them to summarize my prochoice [sic] position……Within the bubble of Democratic Party politics, this was standard BOILERPLATE, designed to fire up the base. The notion of engaging the other side on the issue was pointless, the argument went; any ambiguity on the issue implied weakness, and faced with the single-minded, give-no-quarter approach of antiabortion forces, we simply could not afford weakness. Rereading the doctor’s letter, though, I felt a pang of shame….
    But ………………….The next day, I circulated the email to my staff and had the language on my website changed to state in clear but simple terms my prochoice [sic] position.”

    He had no problem using the words ” Ideololoes & boilerplate ” with
    the Republican GOP meeting Friday.

    Dubois worked for Charlie Rangel prior to working for Obama in 2004 in which, I guess he’s to blame for Obama’s tight relationship with rev. Wright.

  6. VMAN says:

    I think Obama prays something like this. “Me Me Me which are in the Whitehouse hallowed be my name (Obama that is) My kingdom come my will be done in the USA from coast to coast. I will give you this day your daily bread and healthcare and whatsoever else you need and I will forgive your trespasses (unless you’re a conservative) as you forgive those Democrats who vote against your will. I will lead you into temptation I will not deliver you from evil for mine is the kingdom forever ah me

  7. wtd says:

    FWIW: YouTube has a video interview with Joshua DuBois – CBN.com
    Beginning @ 2:03, Joshua DuBois’ step-father discloses “Joshua was exposed to various teachings from various perspectives. . .” .
    Summary: a blend between social justice and Jesus.

  8. catnip says:

    Anyone remember his interview with Stephanopolous during his campaign where Obama said “My muslim faith…” Stephanopolous interrupted him and said, “You mean your Christian faith”…”


    That interview clinched it for me. No one utters Freudian slips about their faith unless it IS their faith. I’ve been a Christian for 50 years and never, ever have I slipped and told someone I was muslim, or Jewish, or Bahai, or …

    If Obama is a Christian, then I’m the Pope.

    • mr_bill says:

      I have to agree, I am a Catholic who went to a mostly Presbyterian college. I joined a lot of informal ‘comparative religion’ discussions between dorm-mates and myself, discussing differences between Presbyterianism and Catholicism. I never once became confused as did the ‘eloquent speaker’ who would become ‘President.’ When it’s what you believe, you don’t have to think about it and you do not get confused, especially if you are a “clean, articulate” candidate.

  9. Kirstin says:

    Jim Wallis definitely has a political agenda. I have a feeling that the Obamas will find a church before the 2012 election.

    • ptat says:

      That’s for sure! Wallis is a far left “christian” (loves that old fashioned, South American “liberation theology”), and , yes, the poser-in-chief must appear Christian for the next election, for sure…

  10. JohnMG says:

    …..”Keeping the faith in quiet moments of worship may be the best Obama can do given the realities of the presidency that make it nearly impossible to join a church without inflicting a heavy burden on taxpayers, fellow churchgoers and his own spiritual life, sources say……”

    Please allow me to say, “What a load of horse shit.” Since when has this moron EVER given a rat’s ass about inflicting a heavy burden on the ‘taxpayers’?

    When will the Dick-Head-in-Chief ever get over his own ego…..or pity-party?

  11. Rip Cord says:

    If this Marxist actually went to church he would be providing a photo op for the GOP for selecting the most radical Mosque in DC. What a joke. But God is not mocked, just ask Coakley from Kennedy La La land.

  12. proreason says:

    At last.

    A devote graduate of Harvard Law School is discovered.

    That brings the count up to………1.

    Now, can one be found who doesn’t feel entitled to rule the little people?

    Finding an honest one is a quest that will have to wait for another century.

  13. U NO HOO says:

    “I need guidance all the time.”

    But he isn’t getting (good) guidance.

    Barack Hussein I-ba-me.

  14. Flession says:

    Of course he doesn’t need to go to church.

    All he has to do is go in front of the mirror every morning and he gives thanks and praise to himself. And then he confesses his sins to himself and he, thru the power of himself, forgives himself.


  15. White_Polluter says:

    Maybe Obama is attending Rev. Jackson’s church? You know, the one where Bill Clinton appeared after the Lewinsky “problem” and made a quick appearance to announce he would be undergoing intensive counseling.

    I don’t like to make judgements about the personal motivation of other’s, but Obama’s Christianity appears to be more political expediency than anything else. Just like Clinton, he can wear the cloak of religion when it suits him. Does he really have any personal faith? I doubt its a question any of us can answer, but his timing does seem to fit the scenario of using religion as one more prop to get elected.

  16. BigOil says:

    I’ve seen people addicted to their Blackberry – but Barry is first I’ve known to literally worship the thing.

    After a year of intensively searching for a church, who could have guessed he’d find it in his pocket.

  17. VMAN says:

    Obama is a god unto himself and his theme song is The Beatles “I, Me, Mine”.

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