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Obama Overconfident?

December 23, 2008

He’s “The One.”  He’ll take the oath on Lincoln’s bible and will not shy away from comparisons to Linoln. He’s not phased by Putin, Medvedev, Ahmadinijad or Hu….He says he can win over enemies and calm internal and international turmoil. And he has embraced both Rick Warren and Jeremiah Wright….

 

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Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) thinks that President-elect Obama picked same-sex marriage opponent Rick Warren to give the inauguration invocation because Obama “overestimates” his ability to unify people.

“Oh, I believe that he overestimates his ability to get people to put aside fundamental differences,” said Frank, the first House member to come out of the closet voluntarily.

Frank, on MSNBC on Monday, said that he’s delighted Obama was elected and that the country is headed into the “best time” for public policy since the New Deal.

“But my one question is, I think he overestimates his ability to take people, particularly our colleagues on the right, and, sort of, charm them into being nice,” Frank said. “I know he talks about being post-partisan. But I’ve worked, frankly, with Newt Gingrich and Tom DeLay, the current Republican leadership. The current Republican leadership in the House repudiated George Bush. I don’t know why Mr. Obama thinks he’s going to have them better than George Bush.

“And so, to be honest, when he talks about being post-partisan, having seen these people and knowing what they would do in that situation, I suffer from post-partisan depression,” Frank said jokingly.

By Walter Alarkon
The Hill

Related:
‘Overwhelming’ expectations worry Biden

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http://briefingroom.thehill.com/2008/12/22/rep-frank-obama-overestimates-ability-to-charm/

Obama Didn’t Need Rick Warren for Prayer; Others Abound

December 19, 2008

We are told here at Peace and Freedom that the President-elect considered a broad spectrum of pastors to come to Washington to assist in the invocation of God at the inauguration in January….

The Rev. Al Sharpton, left, and Caroline Kennedy have lunch ... 
The Reverend Al Sharpton, left, and Caroline Kennedy have lunch at famed soul food restaurant Sylvia’s in Harlem, New York, Thursday Dec. 18, 2008.  Sharpton was not available in January because he’ll be praying for his own shot in the Senate and commenting on the Obama presidency on TV…

U. S Rep. Bobby Rush speaks after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich ... 
None of thse guys has a prayer….U. S Rep. Bobby Rush speaks after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announces his choice of former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris, right, to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 in Chicago.(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Supporters say that the Rev. Jeremiah Wright is misunderstood.
Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Said “God damn America”
during church sermon. Probably not right for an
inauguration….Obama was a member of  Wright’s
church and contributed money for some 20 years….
But Wright is now wrong for Obama….

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Jesse Jackson is not available this January because he is having his scowl surgically removed.  He also said he wanted to “cut off Obama’s balls” which didn’t help his chances….

President-elect Barack Obama gestures during a news conference ... 
President-elect Barack Obama lists his many
possible pastors….

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich shakes hands with Pastor Marshall ... 
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich shakes hands with Pastor Marshall Hatch of the New Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church as he arrives at his home with Pastor Ira Acree, right, of the Greater St. John Bible Church, and the Rev. Steve Jones, president of the Baptist pastor’s conference, Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, in Chicago.  Most of the pastors from Illinois are busy this month and next….


Rahm says there are still some guys available for the “God Gig”….

Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., pauses during his remarks at ... 
Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill., pauses during his remarks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008.  Little Jesse said he was not available…. and really pissed off….

The Pope and all Catholic pastors declined
and said they’d be doing  “ministry to
little boys”…..

John McCain
This guy said he’s praying for rain…..

John Kerry
This guy said “this whole deal is a nightmare”….


She’s trying to pray her way out of the “the single greatest love story” fraud…. Photo: Getty Images 

RNPS IMAGES OF THE YEAR 2008  A performer rests during a religious ... 
A performer rests during a religious carnival marking Ashura on day eight of Muslim holy month of Moharram in Sede, near of the city of Isfahan, 495 km (309 miles) south of Tehran, January 17, 2008. Ashura, a 10-day-long event commemorates the death of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Iman Hussein in battle 1,300 years ago. Most Muslim Holy Men are busy this next January. ….REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl (IRAN)

President-elect Obama’s statement:

Let me start by talking about my own views. I think that it is no secret that I am a fierce advocate for equality for gay and lesbian Americans. It is something that I have been consistent on and something that I intend to continue to be consistent on during my presidency. What I’ve also said is that it is important for America to come together, even though we may have disagreements on certain social issues, and I would note that a couple of years ago, I was invited to Rick Warren’s church to speak despite his awareness that I held views that were entirely contrary to his when it came to gay and lesbian rights, when it came to issues like abortion. Nevertheless I had an opportunity to speak, and that dialogue I think is part of what my campaign’s been all about, that we’re not going to agree on every single issue, but what we have to do is to be able to create an atmosphere where we can disagree without being disagreeable, and then focus on those things that we hold in common as Americans.

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The Gettysburg address was about this short, covered a lot more ground and had more clarity…..

Abraham Lincoln
Not available….

Related:
What Church for Obama?

St. John’s Episcopal Church near the White House

Obama Picked Pastor Rick Warren Why? Not The “Wright” Choice for Obama….

December 19, 2008

I guess Obama only knows two pastors and both of them are extremist jerks….Or this is just Obama’s second “Pastor Disaster”?

Is Rick Warren really supposed to invoke the name of God upon the Barack Obama inauguration in January?  Or is he there to erase the stain of another pastor: Jeremiah Wright?

One has to wonder….

The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. performed Barack Obama's wedding ceremony and held a largely ceremonial role on a campaign committee.
The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. performed Barack Obama’s wedding ceremony and held a role on an Obama for President campaign committee. (Photo by E. Jason Wambsgans — Chicago Tribune)

Many Americans have probably wondered what Obama was thinking while he was a parishoner in  Jeremiah Wright’s church for some 20 years and while Wright gave obnoxious sermons saying things like “God damn America.”

Now Americans are asking why in heck did Barack Obama pick Rick Warren for the inauguration?  He only knows two pastors?

No, as with all politicians, reasons are likely a lot murkier.  And a careful reading of the President-elect’s books might make one see a murky view toward religion, faith than God.  It is left up to the readers’ interpretation, largely.

Is Rick Wrren the “Wright” choice for Obama?  For America?

No.  But perhaps Team Obama picked Rick Warren hoping for some gain and unconcerned about what might be lost.

Rick Warren is a political, not a heavenly, appointment.

Rick Warren is an extreme right conservative.  Just as Jeremiah is….well, you decide.

If this is mainstream: put on your lifekacket.

I guess Obama only knows two pastors and both of them are extremist jerks….Go figure.

A new ad from Republicans in Pennsylvania highlights Barack Obama's relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright. 

Gays were still up in arms days after learning that Obama had asked anti-gay Pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration.

But the real question remaining is why in heck did Obama choose Rick Warren in the first place?  Obama seem flummoxed into providing a really lame answer Thursday.

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From the Los Angeles Times

In commenting on the nation’s problems, Obama also called for “a restoration of a sense of responsibility, that all of us have responsibilities to operate honorably,” as well as of the principle of “advocating not just for ourselves, but what’s good for the country . . . operating not just out of greed, but operating out of a sense for the common good.”

He struck a similar note when asked about his choice of Rick Warren — pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest and author of the best-selling “The Purpose Driven Life” — to give the invocation at his inauguration.

Gay rights protest Obama’s selection of Warren, in part because Warren supported Proposition 8, which amended the California Constitution to declare that “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.” In a statement Thursday, Geoff Kors, executive director of Equality California, called Obama’s choice “extremely disappointing and hurtful,” and said he would decline an invitation to attend the inauguration.

Asked about the selection of Warren, which became known Wednesday, Obama called on Americans to “come together even though we may have disagreements on certain social issues.”

“We’re not going to agree on every single issue, but what we have to do is be able to create an atmosphere where we can disagree without being disagreeable, and then focus on those things that we hold in common,” Obama said. He noted that civil rights activist Joseph Lowery would also speak at the inauguration.

Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren participates in a panel ... 
Rick Warren.  Confused?

In a written statement Thursday, Warren commended Obama “for his courage to willingly take enormous heat from his base by inviting someone like me, with whom he doesn’t agree on every issue, to offer the invocation.”

Warren continued: “Hopefully individuals passionately expressing opinions from the left and the right will recognize that both of us have shown a commitment to model civility in America.”

Obama opposed Proposition 8 even though he, like Warren, opposes same-sex marriages. Aides said earlier this year that Obama believes state constitutional amendments such as Proposition 8 can threaten the legality of same-sex civil unions, which Obama supports.

Obama said that he had been invited to speak at Warren’s church in recent years despite the pastor’s “awareness that I have views that were entirely contrary to his when it came to gay and lesbian rights, when it came to issues about abortion.”

“That dialogue is what my campaign was all about,” Obama said. “The magic of this country is that we are diverse and noisy and opinionated. And so that’s the spirit in which we have put together what I think will be a terrific inauguration.”

Related:
Barack Obama and Rick Warren: Odder Than a Three Dollar Bill

Obama Had Choices Other Than Rick Warren, The Gay Hater

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