Sick… Obama Pushes Obamacare and Dodd-Frank at National Prayer Breakfast – Turns It Into Stump Speech

What a disgrace.
Barack Obama gave a campaign speech at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning.

Obama: I pushed Dodd-Frank and Obamacare because of Christ!

Can I Get an Amen?

President Barack Obama acknowledges applause, by first lady Michelle Obama, and others, after speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. (AP/Susan Walsh)

National Journal reported:

President Obama wove politics through his speech at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast, echoing themes from his recent State of the Union address and calling for economic fairness.

“When I talk about our financial institutions playing by the same rules as folks on Main Street; when I talk about making sure insurance companies aren’t discriminated against those who are already sick; or making sure that unscrupulous lenders aren’t taking advantage of the most vulnerable among us, I do so because I genuinely believe it will make the economy stronger for everybody but I also do it because I know that far too many neighbors in our country have been hurt and treated unfairly over the last few years. And I believe in God’s command to love thy neighbor as thyself.” Obama said.

The president also shared a part of his own faith journey, as his Republican opponents have done on the campaign trail, recalling reflections spurred following his visit with the ailing Rev. Billy Graham.

“Growing up in a household that wasn’t particularly religious; going through my own period of doubt and confusion; finding Christ when I was not even looking for him so many years ago; possessing so many shortcomings that have been overcome by the simple grace of God. That simple fact [of praying for Graham] humbled me to my core,” he said.

Obama has attended each National Prayer Breakfast held during his presidency. This year, Occupy D.C. protesters held their own counter event called “The People’s Prayer Breakfast,” where attendance was free.

He has NO shame.

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  • bobdog

    My Barf-o-meter just pegged.

  • Liz

    IMPEACH.

  • L.E. Liesner

    Politics supersedes everything thing to include religion with this fool in the White House. This guy has been an embarrassment to the American people for three years. Isn’t that long enough?

  • StrangernFiction

    *yawn* Pure Evil

  • Adirondack Patriot

    As the Messiah, he is naturally entitled — nay O B L I G A T E D — to promote himself at a Prayer Breakfast.

    What a joke.

  • SeniorD

    The only thing different than a typical Sunday is that the Socialist is not an ordained minister (and neither are ‘Rev’s Jesse and Al). He’s just trying to beef up his ‘street creds’ with the urban culture,

  • #1AMERICAN

    biggest POS….surprised he is at a prayer breakfast…is his hand on a koran…he could give 2 $hits about the prayer b-fast…only interested in promoting his mooslime ideals…

  • Highlander

    When he “found Christ”? I’ll believe that when monkeys fly …

  • BarbaraS

    Did y”all expect him to talk about religion? Seriously? That’s a joke. He has none. He only knows two subjects: himself and …himself. Well, one subject then. Camaigning is what he does best. That and tearing up the country and turning us against each other.

  • Adirondack Patriot

    At least he didn’t start singing Al Green again:

    “I-I-I, I’m so in love with me.
    Anything I want to be. . .
    Is all right with me-e-e-e.
    Let me
    Be the one you come crawling too oo oo oo!
    Cause I’ll probably become unglu-u-ued!
    Hey, baby let’s
    Let’s pray together
    Pray for me forever, and ever,
    When times are always bad,
    I’m so happy you’re sad.”

  • retire05

    I guess “finding Christ so many years ago” is referring to his close association with Black Liberation theologist, Jeremiah Wright, Jr. A theology that was so Marxist when in South America, that the Pope came out against it.

    And certainly, he must push his “redistribution” agenda. You know, when the vunerbles (as Sheila Jackson Lee calls them) buy houses they can’t afford and now you are going to have to pick up the tab, or when they make decisions that destroy their ability to be productive citizens, you will have to give them even more hand outs. “Hey, vunerbles, free lottery tickets and vouchers for tony restaurants are right around the corner. Just hold on, they’re coming. Didn’t you get all those free cell phones with lots of minutes? I got more coming for you, and the stupid tax payers are going to pick up the tab. And all you people now on food stamps? You be sure to vote for me or the evil Republicans will want you to be personally responsible. We can’t have that now, can we?”

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  • Mama Grizzly

    All Obama has done is reared millionaires and billionaires with govt loans and free money.

    One might wonder why.

    Answer: NO dictator can completely gut the country he is trying to take over. He MUST have friends in high places to keep things going for the small cadre of totalitarian controllers under his command. So he’s picked his “friends” so to speak. They fall for it because initially it puts them ahead of their competition. But they’re not looking down the road.

    Obama has made the poor and middle class poorer and the rich richer.

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  • Mama Grizzly

    #11is right.

    Obismal tears people apart and talk about himself.

    His “Christ” is not the Son of G-d as many here understand, but the Personage claiming to be that in Black Liberation Theology.

    In that venue , all who struggle against white oppression are “Christ” so yeah–essentially Obama believes he is God as a core principle.

    It doesn’t help that he is on a major head trip because he knows the “secret” — that he is the son of MalcolmX . I say again: big deal.

  • PamelaofthePoconos

    Not surprising. He did the same at his own TUCC church during 2008 primary. Probably not to the extent that he’s done here. He had a register to vote table outside, nearby. Maybe far enough away, but he made reference about becoming president in his speech which was inside the church. Jim probably wrote it up at the time! TUCC was charged with holding political function but FEC exonerated saying it was not their fault that Obama threw that in. Of course no one ever went after Obama on that.

  • Multitude

    This should help clarify Obama’s orientation toward religion for some. He’s no Muslim, nor a Christian. He’s a Leninist, seeing religion as a useful means to deliver propaganda and compel more to his totalitarian cause.

  • PamelaofthePoconos

    And the short reply here is “That’s why so many question his Christianity DUH”

  • Joe College

    I just now saw the Chevy Volt story (way below) and did not respond in time to be relevant.

    The ridiculous ad video for the Volt purports to show the Volt being built in a typical “mid-American” small town of Hamtramck. What is pictured in the ad is not Hamtramck. This is Hamtramck…

    http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy-ab&hl=en&safe=off&source=hp&q=hamtramck+mosque+call-to-prayer&pbx=1&oq=Hamtramck+mos&aq=1v&aqi=g-v4&aql=&gs_sm=c&gs_upl=4438l11041l0l13347l11l8l3l0l0l0l316l1491l0.5.2.1l11l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=782384432d316272&biw=1006&bih=615

    …and this is Hamtranck…

    http://www.google.com/#hl=en&cp=21&gs_id=74&xhr=t&q=hamtramck+mosque+lawn&pq=hamtramck+mosque+controversy&pf=p&sclient=psy-ab&safe=off&source=hp&pbx=1&oq=hamtramck+mosque+lawn&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=782384432d316272&biw=1006&bih=615

    Hamtramck is a place where militant Islam is pushing out the indigenous population. Now, why would Obama have HIS car built there? Is the Hamtramck facility the logical resource for doing so? Or is Obama kicking some big money to his friends, and perhaps strengthening his Union goon army with fresh blood?

  • bg

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    Mama Grizzly #15 February 2, 2012 at 9:51 am

    “I chose my friends carefully”

    much more here & here..

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  • Redlite

    What crap. This from the man who said that the most beauitifll sound in the world is the Muslim call to prayer,,,

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  • Jackson

    Who’s this idiot trying to kid? He’s disgusting.

  • IMAMOM

    Hypocrite in chief!!!!!

  • Kathteach

    The National Journal story is not true – President Obama has NOT attended every national prayer breakfast.

    Read the following link: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/may/06/prayer-day-no-show/?page=all

    Obama reversed Bush’s practice of 8 years of inviting the Prayer Breakfast into the White House. He has not attended the other two in his presidency. It has not always been held at the Washington Hilton. Even the Wikipedia article about the National prayer breakfast has been “Obamatized”.

    Yet this year – of course – he attends and uses the event as a campaign speech.

  • July

    I am so glad becoming and being a Christian is NOT dependent upon being accepted by other “so-called” Christians. How many people would they reject because of wrong politics, color, race, culture, etc. Thank God He ALONE judges our hearts and accepts our call to Him personally. He is not Republican or Democrat. God Bless you Mr. President! May Christ’s love cover and protect you. Don’t be dismayed by the judgment, condemnation, cynicism and rejection of Religious-right Pharisees of our day. Their Hypocrisy did not fool Christ back then and they certainly don’t fool Him now! Love always conquers Hate.

  • KornKing

    #28-then I assume you’re pulling for the defeat of a man who obviously hates his country

  • bg

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    re: #22 February 2, 2012 at 10:17 am bg

    much more via “and they were dead serious” & connecting links..

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  • Nelle

    I missed the part in Christianity that says the economy will improve if you force lenders to lend to high risk clients at ordinary rates, and force insurers to take everyone with pre-existing conditions. In fact, I missed the part that says it’s good to spread the expense of the financially unsound and the sick to everyone, rather than create charitable institutions to willingly assist the whole person.
    Obama must have learned that in Rev. Wright’s church, where he wasn’t paying attention.

  • July

    Mr. KornKing, No I am NOT pulling for Gingrich! :)

    Seriously speaking, I am pulling for God. He is in control! By His words He says He can work through any man to accomplish His will, Prov 21:1 “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.” The Bible demonstrates God using Kings who were considered both pagan and Godly to accomplish good for His people.

    I prayed for Mr. Bush, I pray for Mr. Obama, I will pray for our next President. I am a Christian first, which to me is NOT a label or religious box, but meaning, I try to follow in the example Christ taught and lived. His love, compassion, forgiveness, mercy and prayers for ALL of us who DID NOT DESERVE or EARN it in ANY WAY! All these political labels are not what motivate me. I am motivated to be a witness of the LOVE of Christ…and that means even to those who I don’t like or agree with! Kinda like Christ did.

    I respect your opinion otherwise.

  • burt

    Part of the two standards.

  • RightOne40

    #27..I checked into that..he did attend every National Day of Prayer BREAKFAST, I think you have it mixed up with the National Day of Prayer…in that instance there is controversy. But this guy has no shame at all, will use anybody and anything as an excuse for his poor decisions…

  • firstHat

    #27 and #34 : The article #27 links to reads this specifically “But the president passed up the fifth annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, scheduled for the Washington Hilton and expected to have 1,300 participants”

    Leaves it all sort of confusing. I need to figure out how many prayer days, breakfasts, whatever there are.

  • Got Billy Ayers on Speed Dial

    I guess George W. Bush has been worn out, so Obama now blames Jesus.

  • Neo

    “This is one of the biggest things I’m going to be pushing back on this year, this notion that this is somehow class warfare, that we’re trying to stir up envy,” Obama said. “Nobody envies rich people, everybody wants to be rich. Everybody aspires to be rich, and everybody understands you’ve got work hard to be successful. That’s the American way.”

    They just want to raise their taxes because they love them so much.

  • jorgen

    speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast

    Did he use his prayer mat?

  • RightOne40

    #35…he did speak at the 2009 National Day of Prayer Breakfast, the controversy is with the National Day of Prayer which is in the spring..the breakfast is in February.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7l5Y4HvHz4

    Guess he likes breakfast (free meal and a chance to campaign more) but not the prayer day…

  • usamopatriot

    RIH you POS.

  • Patty

    Always the campaign, chief in his own mind, discourages then has a flip flop and media is silent.

    Media has a crush on this guy. REPEAT PERFORMANCE OF 2008. No 1.2 trillion until after elections. White wash everything. Gee! he is the Messiah and what he says one day, he will say something the next.

    Obama has done nothing but regulations after mandate after regulations. It will be Armageddon if this dictator is re-elected.

  • Oh Noes!

    I pray that God will make him answer for all of his corrupt actions against his people and I pray we get to see it!

  • David R. Graham

    Well, is the golden rule in Christian hands an injunction or a description or … ?

    Can a government use it to squeeze some to fatten others? Is that its intent or purpose?

    Is Christian Ethics socialist? The liar says it is. Is it?

  • dunce

    Every democrat voted for obama care with its abortion provisions that were not hidden. All the Catholics in name only (cino) were exposed by that vote and many were removed from office in the subsequent election. What god do they pray to at a liberal prayer meeting? Was their guest the god they honor?

  • Luke Duke

    He is about as authentic with the Bible talk as was John F. Kerry with the “where do i get me a huntin’ license” bit.

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  • Kathteach

    Hmmm – I Googled “Obama Prayer Breakfast 2009” and got that Washington Times story and other accounts that said he sent a proclamation and had them move to the Washington Hilton as they did before Bush.

    Well – we know he spoke in 2010 because we remember him pronouncing the military term “corpsman” as “corpse-man”.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/02/04/obama_mispronounces_corpsman_at_prayer_breakfast.html

    Good grief!

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  • bg

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    re: #49 February 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm bg

    Global Socialism

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  • jimg

    He’s a punk. Nothing more.

  • bg

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    jimg #49 February 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    true, but who in the world has more power than the punk??

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  • davepinoy

    Now he found Christ? And yet he denigrates the bible and exults the quran in non-election years? What hypocrisy! Y(U()_)_EI#**#Y@&WYW&E#)&

    Obama is such a crap he even exults himself during prayer. When will americans eject this islam-lover, and impostor from the whitehouse? When will americans jettisoned her spendthrift, extortionist, insensitive wife? When will americans prosecute this kenyan born muslim seeking to destroy america?

    Enough is enough for the USA and for the world. Depose, impeach, and prosecute the conjugal extortionists in the whitehouse.

  • Candy

    @July

    Does your Christ exhort you to pay for the killing of the innocents?

    Strange how the separation of church and state only applies to one side.

  • Espresso Logic – The 5th Sense

    Barak Hussein Obama – Putting the POS in POtuS since 2009.

  • bg

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    Kathteach #27 February 2, 2012 at 10:43 am

    thank you..

    Christians to Pray as White House Observes Ramadan

    [“Since assuming office in January, President Obama has not only regularly passed up opportunities to affirm and celebrate America’s Judeo Christian heritage, but at times, he’s appeared to go out of his way to suggest the opposite is true,” said Shirley Dobson, chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force.

    “In light of these recent events, the president’s decision to carry on the tradition of hosting a White House dinner to celebrate the Muslim holy season of Ramadan is curious. Our disappointment, however, is not with the President’s decision to host such a celebration. Quite the contrary. It’s simply unfortunate that he didn’t choose to extend the same level of courtesy and recognition this past May to the millions of supporters and organizers of the National Day of Prayer.”

    The Rev. Johnny Hunter, an African-American pro-life leader who was arrested on the National Day of Prayer while praying outside the White House, said that by hosting the Ramadan observance President Obama “is distinctly placing Islam above Christianity.”

    “He’s stated before the entire world that we’re not a Christian nation,” added the founder of L.E.A.R.N. Inc. “By him turning his back on Christians on a day when we’re to pray to God, then turn around and make such a flamboyant move toward Islam, it tells me that it’s not America that’s not Christian, it’s the president that’s not Christian.”]

    scroll for a bit more of much more here….

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  • Kathteach

    BG#54 – Great post and you are spot on.

    It would be a complete crime if any GOP candidate ignored this deference and decision making of the Obama administrationr egarding prayer in the White House.

    Also – let’s never forget the image of the White House ushering the Dali Lama out byu the back door.

    He is the most hollow man we have EVER had in the White House – more vulnerable to manipulations than any we have ever had. “A paper-maiche Mephostopholes – so hollow one could poke their finger through him and find nothing” (Heart of Darkness – Josef Conrad’s indictment of colonialism-fascism-Hitler-esque, Saddam Hussein and Napoleonic efforts to overtake those who “cling to their guns and religion” in a pathetic way as Marx told them – and they believed – that ‘religion is the opiate of the masses’)

    Thanks for your reminder about his massive equivocation and deference to Islam in the White House.

  • Molon Labe

    Did he ask that the cross be covered and images of Jesus be covered too? I(‘m surprised he didn’t vaporize when exposed to holy symbols. The creature is pure evil.

  • Mark

    If he found Christ, then he’d not break all those commandments Christ gave us. He wouldn’t LIE, put himself before God, bow down to allah, endorse the homos & lesbians, have people murdered that were investigating him & his former GAY lovers, COVET the power of a dictator, STEAL America’s $$ and send it overseas and so it goes on and on. HUMONGOUS BARF!!!!!

  • Ausonius

    He appears at every step to be an atheist. No suprise here.

  • Donna Smith

    THE VERDICT IS IN ON OBAMA-GA. CASE ——NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPEAR ON THE BALLOT! And 26 are contemplating the same.

  • Donna Smith

    He Has NO CLASS! And no respect for anything sacred.

  • Finncrisp

    All this creep is pitching is Godless demomarxism. He wants all churches to violate their conscience
    and force them to pay for abortion & contraception. The plan is to reduce our faith to complete domination by the state, and to make the state our only god. The man is sick. Right out of the Joe Stalin road map to despotism.

    Say no to Demomarxism. Vote the Demomarxists out!

  • just-saying

    Refused to attend a Christian prayer breakfast until election year, so he can give a campaign speech. Farce.
    .

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    Donna Smith #60 February 2, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    are you sure??

    got a link??

    thanks..

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    Kathteach #56 February 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    you’re quite welcome..

    again, a bit more of much more..

    Obama Administration Stacking the Deck with Islamists

    [“…even under the pressures that you and I know about, the deen of
    Islam is growing because people see even within all of this struggle it is
    better to be a Muslim under these conditions than to be a kaffir under
    any conditions… before Allah closes our eyes for the last time you will
    see Islam move from being the second largest religion in America-that’s
    where we are now- to being the first religion in America.”
    ]

    please scroll up/down, click on links & connecting links &
    scroll connecting threads for much more info, thank you..

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  • Matches Malone

    It was under Dodd-Frank that former Democratic governor and MF Global Chairman Jon Corzine was able to steal his customer’s funds and give those funds to JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs. It was also under Dodd-Frank that Obama appointee, the CFTC Chairman and former Goldman Sachs partner Gary Gensler allowed the MF Global bankruptcy case to be litigated as a Chapter 11 case which gives JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs primacy over the MF Global customers whose funds were stolen and illegally conveyed, rather than a Chapter 7 case where the customer funds would receive primacy; Subchapter 4 of Chapter 7 is specifically designed for use in the bankruptcy of futures commission merchants. Additionally former Clinton FBI chief Louis Freeh is the MF Global bankruptcy executor.

    This should show anybody with an ounce of sense that regulations do not matter when we elect corrupt people to the top spots.

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    Matches Malone #66 February 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Soros & Goldman Sachs are seemingly behind every devious move
    Obama has made, not only that, but they’ve evidently hedged their
    bets by backing Romney..

    can you say NWOligarchy??

    i sure as hell can.. gah!!

    oh btw, does anyone know where Obama & the
    Dhims acquired a $224 million in 2011 alone??

    hmmm, hmmm, hmmm.. :-(

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  • njinfl

    I’ve mentioned here before that a past Archbishop of Canterbury ( Ronald Runcie, I think) once observed that socialism is a Christian heresy.

    All leftists, while they pose as rationalists, suffuse their ideology with moral preening and presumptive religiosity.

    Leftism is their implementation of the Sermon on the Mount.

  • Bill Sr.

    “And I believe in God’s command to love thy neighbor as thyself.” Obama said.
    And I have no doubt that should his wife somehow and surprisingly became pregnant tomorrow that he would love himself enough to see that that new life, in his neighborhood, would by his choice be snuffed out with a morning after pill like he is forcing every Catholic hospital to freely furnish through benevolent Obamacare. It’s part of his religious belief.

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  • wtd

    The SOB that occupies the oval office denegrates anything that remotely resembles the faiths upon which this nation was built. First, he stumbles through the biblical reference searching for notes to get each word in . . . “For me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’ teaching that ‘for unto whom much is given, much shall be required,'” Obama said.

    note how even this report separates that portion of the entire quote from the following:

    “It mirrors the Islamic belief that those who’ve been blessed have an obligation to use those blessings to help others . . .”

    Unforgiveable spittle.

  • Kathy From Texas

    WHY LIE!!!!! HERE IS THE TRANSCRIPT…….I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE HAVE TO LIE. YOUR SO JEALOUS OF OBAMA……THERE WAS NO MENTION OF POLITICAL POLICIES THAT ARE ON THE TABLE.

    TRANSCRIPT: This morning, Feb 2, 2012, President Obama spoke at the annual National Prayer Breakfast. Presidents dating back to Dwight D. Eisenhower have attended the National Prayer Breakfast, joining faith leaders from around the country. Text of speech comes fromWhitehouse.gov

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Please, please, everybody have a seat. Well, good morning, everybody. It is good to be with so many friends united in prayer. And I begin by giving all praise and honor to God for bringing us together here today.

    I want to thank our co-chairs Mark and Jeff; to my dear friend, the guy who always has my back, Vice President Biden. (Applause.) All the members of Congress –- Joe deserves a hand –- all the members of Congress and my Cabinet who are here today; all the distinguished guests who’ve traveled a long way to be part of this. I’m not going to be as funny as Eric — (laughter) — but I’m grateful that he shared his message with us. Michelle and I feel truly blessed to be here.

    This is my third year coming to this prayer breakfast as President. As Jeff mentioned, before that, I came as senator. I have to say, it’s easier coming as President. (Laughter.) I don’t have to get here quite as early. But it’s always been an opportunity that I’ve cherished. And it’s a chance to step back for a moment, for us to come together as brothers and sisters and seek God’s face together. At a time when it’s easy to lose ourselves in the rush and clamor of our own lives, or get caught up in the noise and rancor that too often passes as politics today, these moments of prayer slow us down. They humble us. They remind us that no matter how much responsibility we have, how fancy our titles, how much power we think we hold, we are imperfect vessels. We can all benefit from turning to our Creator, listening to Him. Avoiding phony religiosity, listening to Him.

    This is especially important right now, when we’re facing some big challenges as a nation. Our economy is making progress as we recover from the worst crisis in three generations, but far too many families are still struggling to find work or make the mortgage, pay for college, or, in some cases, even buy food. Our men and women in uniform have made us safer and more secure, and we were eternally grateful to them, but war and suffering and hardship still remain in too many corners of the globe. And a lot of those men and women who we celebrate on Veterans Day and Memorial Day come back and find that, when it comes to finding a job or getting the kind of care that they need, we’re not always there the way we need to be.

    It’s absolutely true that meeting these challenges requires sound decision-making, requires smart policies. We know that part of living in a pluralistic society means that our personal religious beliefs alone can’t dictate our response to every challenge we face.

    But in my moments of prayer, I’m reminded that faith and values play an enormous role in motivating us to solve some of our most urgent problems, in keeping us going when we suffer setbacks, and opening our minds and our hearts to the needs of others.

    We can’t leave our values at the door. If we leave our values at the door, we abandon much of the moral glue that has held our nation together for centuries, and allowed us to become somewhat more perfect a union. Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Jane Addams, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, Abraham Heschel — the majority of great reformers in American history did their work not just because it was sound policy, or they had done good analysis, or understood how to exercise good politics, but because their faith and their values dictated it, and called for bold action — sometimes in the face of indifference, sometimes in the face of resistance.

    This is no different today for millions of Americans, and it’s certainly not for me.

    I wake up each morning and I say a brief prayer, and I spend a little time in scripture and devotion. And from time to time, friends of mine, some of who are here today, friends like Joel Hunter or T.D. Jakes, will come by the Oval Office or they’ll call on the phone or they’ll send me a email, and we’ll pray together, and they’ll pray for me and my family, and for our country.

    But I don’t stop there. I’d be remiss if I stopped there; if my values were limited to personal moments of prayer or private conversations with pastors or friends. So instead, I must try — imperfectly, but I must try — to make sure those values motivate me as one leader of this great nation.

    And so when I talk about our financial institutions playing by the same rules as folks on Main Street, when I talk about making sure insurance companies aren’t discriminating against those who are already sick, or making sure that unscrupulous lenders aren’t taking advantage of the most vulnerable among us, I do so because I genuinely believe it will make the economy stronger for everybody. But I also do it because I know that far too many neighbors in our country have been hurt and treated unfairly over the last few years, and I believe in God’s command to “love thy neighbor as thyself.” I know the version of that Golden Rule is found in every major religion and every set of beliefs -– from Hinduism to Islam to Judaism to the writings of Plato.

    And when I talk about shared responsibility, it’s because I genuinely believe that in a time when many folks are struggling, at a time when we have enormous deficits, it’s hard for me to ask seniors on a fixed income, or young people with student loans, or middle-class families who can barely pay the bills to shoulder the burden alone. And I think to myself, if I’m willing to give something up as somebody who’s been extraordinarily blessed, and give up some of the tax breaks that I enjoy, I actually think that’s going to make economic sense.

    But for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’s teaching that “for unto whom much is given, much shall be required.” It mirrors the Islamic belief that those who’ve been blessed have an obligation to use those blessings to help others, or the Jewish doctrine of moderation and consideration for others.

    When I talk about giving every American a fair shot at opportunity, it’s because I believe that when a young person can afford a college education, or someone who’s been unemployed suddenly has a chance to retrain for a job and regain that sense of dignity and pride, and contributing to the community as well as supporting their families — that helps us all prosper.

    It means maybe that research lab on the cusp of a lifesaving discovery, or the company looking for skilled workers is going to do a little bit better, and we’ll all do better as a consequence. It makes economic sense. But part of that belief comes from my faith in the idea that I am my brother’s keeper and I am my sister’s keeper; that as a country, we rise and fall together. I’m not an island. I’m not alone in my success. I succeed because others succeed with me.

    And when I decide to stand up for foreign aid, or prevent atrocities in places like Uganda, or take on issues like human trafficking, it’s not just about strengthening alliances, or promoting democratic values, or projecting American leadership around the world, although it does all those things and it will make us safer and more secure. It’s also about the biblical call to care for the least of these –- for the poor; for those at the margins of our society.

    To answer the responsibility we’re given in Proverbs to “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” And for others, it may reflect the Jewish belief that the highest form of charity is to do our part to help others stand on their own.

    Treating others as you want to be treated. Requiring much from those who have been given so much. Living by the principle that we are our brother’s keeper. Caring for the poor and those in need. These values are old. They can be found in many denominations and many faiths, among many believers and among many non-believers. And they are values that have always made this country great — when we live up to them; when we don’t just give lip service to them; when we don’t just talk about them one day a year. And they’re the ones that have defined my own faith journey.

    And today, with as many challenges as we face, these are the values I believe we’re going to have to return to in the hopes that God will buttress our efforts.

    Now, we can earnestly seek to see these values lived out in our politics and our policies, and we can earnestly disagree on the best way to achieve these values. In the words of C.S. Lewis, “Christianity has not, and does not profess to have a detailed political program. It is meant for all men at all times, and the particular program which suited one place or time would not suit another.”

    Our goal should not be to declare our policies as biblical. It is God who is infallible, not us. Michelle reminds me of this often. (Laughter.) So instead, it is our hope that people of goodwill can pursue their values and common ground and the common good as best they know how, with respect for each other. And I have to say that sometimes we talk about respect, but we don’t act with respect towards each other during the course of these debates.

    But each and every day, for many in this room, the biblical injunctions are not just words, they are also deeds. Every single day, in different ways, so many of you are living out your faith in service to others.

    Just last month, it was inspiring to see thousands of young Christians filling the Georgia Dome at the Passion Conference, to worship the God who sets the captives free and work to end modern slavery. Since we’ve expanded and strengthened the White House faith-based initiative, we’ve partnered with Catholic Charities to help Americans who are struggling with poverty; worked with organizations like World Vision and American Jewish World Service and Islamic Relief to bring hope to those suffering around the world.

    Colleges across the country have answered our Interfaith Campus Challenge, and students are joined together across religious lines in service to others. From promoting responsible fatherhood to strengthening adoption, from helping people find jobs to serving our veterans, we’re linking arms with faith-based groups all across the country.

    I think we all understand that these values cannot truly find voice in our politics and our policies unless they find a place in our hearts. The Bible teaches us to “be doers of the word and not merely hearers.” We’re required to have a living, breathing, active faith in our own lives. And each of us is called on to give something of ourselves for the betterment of others — and to live the truth of our faith not just with words, but with deeds.

    So even as we join the great debates of our age — how we best put people back to work, how we ensure opportunity for every child, the role of government in protecting this extraordinary planet that God has made for us, how we lessen the occasions of war — even as we debate these great issues, we must be reminded of the difference that we can make each day in our small interactions, in our personal lives.

    As a loving husband, or a supportive parent, or a good neighbor, or a helpful colleague — in each of these roles, we help bring His kingdom to Earth. And as important as government policy may be in shaping our world, we are reminded that it’s the cumulative acts of kindness and courage and charity and love, it’s the respect we show each other and the generosity that we share with each other that in our everyday lives will somehow sustain us during these challenging times. John tells us that, “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”

    Mark read a letter from Billy Graham, and it took me back to one of the great honors of my life, which was visiting Reverend Graham at his mountaintop retreat in North Carolina, when I was on vacation with my family at a hotel not far away.

    And I can still remember winding up the path up a mountain to his home. Ninety-one years old at the time, facing various health challenges, he welcomed me as he would welcome a family member or a close friend. This man who had prayed great prayers that inspired a nation, this man who seemed larger than life, greeted me and was as kind and as gentle as could be.

    And we had a wonderful conversation. Before I left, Reverend Graham started praying for me, as he had prayed for so many Presidents before me. And when he finished praying, I felt the urge to pray for him. I didn’t really know what to say. What do you pray for when it comes to the man who has prayed for so many? But like that verse in Romans, the Holy Spirit interceded when I didn’t know quite what to say.

    And so I prayed — briefly, but I prayed from the heart. I don’t have the intellectual capacity or the lung capacity of some of my great preacher friends here that have prayed for a long time. (Laughter.) But I prayed. And we ended with an embrace and a warm goodbye.

    And I thought about that moment all the way down the mountain, and I’ve thought about it in the many days since. Because I thought about my own spiritual journey –- growing up in a household that wasn’t particularly religious; going through my own period of doubt and confusion; finding Christ when I wasn’t even looking for him so many years ago; possessing so many shortcomings that have been overcome by the simple grace of God. And the fact that I would ever be on top of a mountain, saying a prayer for Billy Graham –- a man whose faith had changed the world and that had sustained him through triumphs and tragedies, and movements and milestones –- that simple fact humbled me to my core.

    I have fallen on my knees with great regularity since that moment — asking God for guidance not just in my personal life and my Christian walk, but in the life of this nation and in the values that hold us together and keep us strong. I know that He will guide us. He always has, and He always will. And I pray his richest blessings on each of you in the days ahead.

    Thank you very much. (Applause.)

  • Kathy From Texas

    TO REPLY TO#40 Bush and Cheney need to be prosecuted for War Crimes and every crime they committed while in office.

    IT IS SO SAD TO READ SO MANY POSTS THAT ARE WRITTEN BY SUCH IGNORANT PEOPLE…….

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