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What Obama Prays For

Posted on Feb 3, 2011

Barack Obama talks religion and says he prays that “a better day will dawn over Egypt,” among other requests of his deity. By the way, anyone notice the president has a real thing for Job?

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By SEEK TRUTH, February 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm Link to this comment

Will there ever be a US Politician who will speak up regarding the absolute separation of Religion from Government? Until that happens and others endorse his/her cause there is no hope for our form of government.

We cannot continue to think that prayer or any reference to a higher power will solve any problems of a society or any individual. If the problem only worsens, it is much too easy to convince the affected that their prayer was not sincere, or they are unworthy of help.

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By Thomas Dooley, February 6, 2011 at 11:53 am Link to this comment

Good to see Obama swing into action like this. Obama, our guru of Hope™, has added Prayer™ to his arsenal of political strategies to bring about Change™.

Presumedly this new Obama strategy will be more effective in bringing about that much needed change. We can all only hope and pray.

Our leader, Obama, means to do his part and lead us in that vigorous hoping and praying. After all, it isn’t like he is encouraging us to do nothing at all, is it?

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By Jack Boas, February 6, 2011 at 3:51 am Link to this comment
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I’m so tired of Obama. He’s the biggest phony. Even the way he talks is a total put-up job. And I voted for him!

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By John Poole, February 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm Link to this comment
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I referred to Lyndon Baines Obama as religiously insane to Tom Engelhardt back
in 2008, He still seems to be insane- He’ll get to the the “Promised Land” (a ranch
I assume he’ll eventually own in his native Hawaii) a little sooner than he wanted
to with perhaps a single term but there he’ll be quite pleased and not be bothered
by the monstrous mayhem, suffering and death he has caused. Petulant, peeved
and feeling persecuted. A weakling male who progressives thought was their man.

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By Myronh, February 5, 2011 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment

I would hope that someday soon the USA voter would learn to not vote for anyone that carries God and Jesus around on his/her sleeve or hand, as does Palin. Just look what all of Bush and Obama’s prayers have brought down on our heads.

Oh well, I guess it is just wishful dreaming!

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By winsome1, February 5, 2011 at 11:30 am Link to this comment

I am appalled at Obama’s pandering to the proto-fascist American religious right
in this speech.  Is there precedent in American history for this?  Given the rise of
that religious right in today’s America, it’s terrifying.

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By berniem, February 4, 2011 at 10:01 pm Link to this comment

When all is said and done, nothing fails like prayer! FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!!

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By amos wu, February 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm Link to this comment
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the man becomes more uncle tom-ish every day.

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By SarcastiCanuck, February 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment
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Ever notice that once politicians start talking God and faith something bad happens.Bushy brought war while espousing the scriptures and look where that is today while he is out golfing and fishing.Look out folks,something bads coming our way….again.

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By JohannG, February 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment

Another American President praying to the invisible man
in the sky. Change you can believe in…NOT. Another disaster for the American people. Obama needs to find a
different job. Maybe as a preacher or entertainer on
the Idiot Box. Let’s make it happen.

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By Litl Bludot, February 4, 2011 at 9:26 am Link to this comment


It’s neolithic war god in the sky nuts like our christian brothers who help
Obama get votes from idiots who think they have no choice.  People are so
afraid of this religious prehistoric babble, that they freak out and vote for
someone that at least sounds sane.  Unfortunately, he’s not.  He’s another
sociopath, our “black Bush”, as the Egyptians call him.  Our “power pimp” for
the corporate fascists.

So Roy, what surprises me, constantly, is how the mystical war god in the sky
compatriots imagine that they have a sensible argument.  Is god your fact
checker? Logic,  and on earth reality do not seem to be evident in what you say.  But it’s all about
faith, right?  You talk to god, somehow, then you tell your audience over the radiowaves what he (not a
she) said, and then your faithful listeners have faith that you’re not a lying
crook.  It’s all about faith, isn’t it?  And sin, right?  No lying, cheating, killing,
stealing, adultery, you know, all those nasty things that christians like you Roy,
don’t do. Right?  Jesus in the sky will come down soon, and only a few, real christians, like
you, will get to go to heaven. Amen brother.

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By samosamo, February 4, 2011 at 4:46 am Link to this comment



There far too many far too serious issues inflicting this country
for our president to waste time praying for something he wants
and that something is nothing that will help this country.
Another ruse used by the mulatto in chief to appear to be doing
something when he is really doing something else.

And according to some comments here already, it seems that o
is really not concerned about this country which could mean all
the plans and pieces for what is next are in place for the next
contradiction to what this country needs.

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By prisnersdilema, February 4, 2011 at 2:04 am Link to this comment

He better start praying for this country and for a clue as to how to be a president. Becuase so far his presidency has been an unmittigated disaster.

When people start paying $25 dollars for a loaf of bread what’s going to happen in this country is going to make Egypt look like an Ice Cream Social.

Standing around and sucking your thumb is not going to cut it at that point.

When even Donald Trump starts talking about the coming collapse you know it’s on..

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By Robespierre115, February 3, 2011 at 11:59 pm Link to this comment

Obama apparently never prayed for Egypt while he was hugging Mubarak in 2009 and praising him. Anyone who takes this sort of political theater seriously is simply an idiot. What a cynical joke this man is.

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By rollzone, February 3, 2011 at 10:57 pm Link to this comment

hello. after the pageant, we heard Oboymamma prays
for world peace. he prays for $18 a barrel oil, and
the demise of OPEC. he prays for global cooling. he
prays for the brotherhood and the community he helped
organize. he prayed to reinstall Reid, he prayed for
health mandates. he prayed for supreme justice. he
prayed for private schooling, he prayed for Wall
Street buddies. he prays for a greener America. he
prays for blanket amnesty, he prays for abortion. he
prays for Christians to help him be reelected- the
same person not wanting to serve a second term: now
prays alike a gun toting Christian. he also prays to
qualify. he prays for more spending. he prays for
expensive vacations. he prays openly for himself.

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By Robert, February 3, 2011 at 9:41 pm Link to this comment

Obama Administration Has Been Gutless and Cowardly in Dealing with the Mubarak Regime

Robert Fisk - Democracy Now!
Video Interview From Cairo


“ROBERT FISK: Well, immense courage displayed by those who are demanding the overthrow, effectively, of Mubarak, oddly matched by the complete gutlessness of the U.S. administration. In fact, the cowardice of the language coming from Mrs. Clinton in the State Department, the endless calls for restraint and the endless calls of Mubarak being a friend of America, etc.—Mubarak himself being a dictator, runs a secret police state, in effect—against these lone Egyptians who are being filmed by state security, who are being filmed on television around the world, who are giving their names, identifying themselves as being against the regime, it’s been an extraordinary example of lost American opportunities, in fact. You know, I’m on the street with these people. They’re not anti-American. There are no anti—nobody is burning American flags, though I probably would if I was among them and I was an Egyptian in these circumstances. They’ve been immensely understanding of the international situation, but of course immensely betrayed.

What they’re buoyed up with is basically a simple fact. When you throw constant humiliation and fear and repression and increased education, when you throw off your shackles, as the old cliché goes, when you say, “I’m not afraid anymore,” you can never re-inject a people with fear. They’re on their feet. They may get defeated temporarily, but they’re still going to be standing up. And that’s why more and more people are coming to join the protesters.”


Click on link for video interview:

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By Big B, February 3, 2011 at 9:27 pm Link to this comment

Prayer is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

Instead of worrying about what invisible man in the sky the american people would like him to pray to, perhaps he should worry about something that matters on this etherial plane. Besides, religion is the problem, not the solution, to anything.

Who gives a shit where pres Barry goes to church? I am offended that he would pray, in lieu of acting. The president, and every other american, need to realize that no invisible man is coming to our rescue. This mess that the nation is in, like god, was invented by us.

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By flaco, February 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm Link to this comment

These guys should stop praying and start worrying.Whether they are christians, muslims or jews or anything else.., the powerful (for now) are scared!!!

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By The Guru of Voodoo, February 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm Link to this comment
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“Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives.” – Abba Eban

“The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time.” – George Bernard Shaw

“I’m not a member of any organized party, I’m a Democrat!” – Will Rogers

“Half this game is ninety percent mental.” – Yogi Berra

“Wagner’s music is better than it sounds.” – Mark Twain

“More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly.” – Woody Allen

“It’s life, Jim… but not as we know it.” – Spock

“Something unknown is doing we don’t know what.” – Sir Arthur Eddington (on quantum theory)

“Anyone who is not shocked by quantum mechanics has not fully understood it.” – Niels Bohr

“I don’t like it, and I’m sorry I ever had anything to do with it.” – Erwin Schrodinger (talking about quantum mechanics)

“There ain’t no answer. There ain’t going to be any answer. There never has been an answer. That’s the answer.” – Gertrude Stein

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for?” – Robert Browning

“The meaning of life is that it stops.” – Franz Kafka

“The world is ruled by letting things take their course.” – Tao Te Ching

“It is better to travel well than to arrive.” – Buddha

“Stop thinking, and end your problems.” – Lao Tzu

“Mr. Duffy lived a short distance from his body.” – James Joyce

“If I could tell you what it means, there would be no point in dancing it.” – Isadora Duncan

“No snowflake falls in an inappropriate place.” – Zen saying

“I live my life in growing orbits which move out over the things of this world. And I have been circling for a thousand years, and I still don’t know if I am a falcon, a storm, or a great song.” – Rainer Marie Rilke

“When you are intoxicated with divine love, you see God in all beings.” – Sri Ramakrishna

“Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?” – Maurice Freehill

Q: What does a Zen monk say at a hot dog stand?
A: “Make me one with everything.”

“May you live in interesting times!” – ancient Chinese curse

“Don’t worry; Be happy!” – Meher Baba

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By The Guru of Voodoo, February 3, 2011 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment
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“When the spiritual teacher and his disciples began their evening meditation, a cat who lived in the monastery made such noise that it distracted them. One day the teacher ordered that the cat be tied up during the evening practice. Years later, when the teacher died, the cat continued to be tied up during the meditation session. And when the cat eventually died, another cat was brought to the monastery and tied up. Centuries later, learned descendants of the spiritual teacher wrote scholarly treatises about the religious significance of tying up a cat for meditation practice.” – old Zen story

“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought.” – Matsuo Basho

“Do unto others 20% better than you would expect them to do unto you, to correct for subjective error.”
- Linus Pauling

“You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.” – Navajo Proverb

“The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.” – Krishnamurti

“I’m astounded by people who want to “know” the universe when it’s hard enough to find your way around Chinatown.” – Woody Allen

“God has no religion.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Everything we do is futile, but we must do it anyway.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The difference between ‘involvement’ and ‘commitment’ is like an eggs-and-ham breakfast: the chicken was ‘involved’ – the pig was ‘committed’.” – unknown

“The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.” – Niels Bohr

“All truths are only half truths.” – Alfred North Whitehead

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” – Albert Einstein

“Logic is in the eye of the logician.” – Gloria Steinem

“When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before.” – Mae West

“Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.” – Carl Gustav Jung

“You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.” – Al Capone

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By call me roy, February 3, 2011 at 8:03 pm Link to this comment

Barry Hussein Obama’s religious background is not very clear. His infamous pastor stated last summer that, “Them Jews ain’t going to let him talk to me.” Like the Ground Zero mosque Imam, Jeremiah Wright blamed 9/11 on America. You may recall that Wright said, “We [USA] have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans. Now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards.”
To make matters worse, Wright posted an article by a Hamas spokesperson that compared the foreign terrorist organization’s charter to the Declaration of Independence, made a case for terror, and argued against Israel’s right to exist.
Yes, President Obama renounced Wright’s actions and left the church. All well and good except for the fact that Obama acted as if he had no idea about his Pastor’s radical anti-Israel, anti-American beliefs. Any observer would see Obama’s resignation from Wright’s church as a political, rather than personal, decision.
As President, Obama has appeared to go out of his way to appease Muslims while ignoring the majority of Americans who identify with Christianity. Recently, Obama stated in his Ramadan message that, “Islam has always been part of America and that American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country.” This is factually inaccurate. Islam had nothing to do with America’s founding and its impact is relatively recent.
In Turkey, Obama declared that, “One of the great strengths of the United States is ... we have a very large Christian population - we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation.” There are millions of Americans who strongly disagreed with this broad assertion. I am not attempting to debate this point in this piece, but trust me (I host a live Christian radio show everyday); the remark is still very troubling to a significant number of Christians.
Actions speak louder than words. Many Christians wonder why Obama was so quick to endorse the Ground Zero mosque at the White House after dinner but did nothing to remedy the Pentagon uninviting Rev. Franklin Graham from it’s National Day of Prayer service. Why get behind the controversial mosque of Imam Rauf but act as if Franklin Graham is too controversial for an ecumenical event?
Americans will continue to question Obama’s faith so long as his words and actions indicate a lack of sympathy for concerns of Americans Christian community. There is no government “religious test” for service in public office. Yet, Americans may absolutely weigh a politician’s faith as one of many factors in deciding whether to support them.

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By call me roy, February 3, 2011 at 7:59 pm Link to this comment

Islamic radicals escaped from prison, the Muslim Brotherhood joined Elbaradei on the street, and socialists continued to mobilze protests in Cairo…Barry Hussein watched basketball and partied on Saturday.
Egyptians gather around the burning headquarters of the of the ruling National Democratic party (NDP) in central Cairo. Egypt’s embattled President Hosni Mubarak called out the army and declared a curfew in key cities on Friday as tens of thousands of protesters rampaged through the streets demanding an end to his three decades in power. On Saturday, Obama spent the morning watching his daughter play basketball.
Then on Saturday night he went out and partied with David Axelrod.
As thirty years of United States Middle East strategy teeters on collapse, Barack Obama spent Saturday night at a going away party for David Axelrod who is leaving the administration to set up Obama’s reelection campaign in Chicago. The party was held at the Dupont Circle condo of former Obama aide Linda Douglass. Douglass, who is now with the National Journal, played host to a gathering of cabinet secretaries including Arne Duncan (Education), Timothy Geithner (Treasury) and Steven Chu (Energy) and prominent reporters including Major Garrett (National Journal), Jake Tapper (ABC), Chuck Todd (NBC) and John Harwood (CNBC/New York Times). Obama spent nearly two hours at the party. Greta Van Sustern appears to be the only one in the media to report on Obama’s party with her colleagues. Were it not for her posting the pool reports by the National Journal’s Rebecca Kaplan at Fox News’ GretaWire, the public would not know that Barry spent Saturday night partying with the media while Egypt burns.

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