I’ve seen references to the way fate broke for Obama this week, from John Roberts’s plate-twirling decision in defense of ObamaCare to his eulogy for the victims in Charlestown.
Okay. I guess.
I prefer to consider news stories as news stories, not as proof of Obama’s demigod status (demagogue, yes). But it is fair to say that had the Supreme Court rendered an opinion on what Congress actually wrote, not on what they said they meant when they wrote the opposite; and had the families of the slain in Charleston declined the offer of a eulogy from someone who never met them or their lost, who barely knew Charleston from Charlestown, in favor of a local preacher, then Obama would likely be portrayed as having had a bad week.
So, well done, sir. It took the bullet-riddled bodies of nine black people and the tortured language and humiliating argument of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (hereafter referred to as your bitch), but you played the hand you were dealt. We’ll get back to these in a moment.
People who claim the Supreme Court fiat legalizing gay marriage as another Obama win, however, are smoking crack, no matter how cynical the White House’s manipulation.
Oh, did I write White House?
Obama’s down with the gay now. It’s almost like that was some other guy:
In 2008, he said: “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.”
Obama was in favor of same-sex marriage before he was against it — and before he was for it again.
In 1996, as he ran for Illinois state Senate, Chicago’s Outlines gay newspaper asked candidates to fill out a questionnaire. Tracy Baim, the co-founder and publisher of Outlines, dug up a copy of the questionnaire in 2009, cataloging the president-elect’s shift.
He had written on the 1996 questionnaire, “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages.”
Just two years later, on another Outlines questionnaire, Obama wasn’t so sure. Did he favor legalizing same-sex marriage? “Undecided.” Would he support a bill to repeal Illinois legislation prohibiting same-sex marriage? “Undecided.” Would he co-sponsor it? “Undecided.”
“Undecided” is the written form of “present”. But he was working toward a decision—sort of:
As Obama sought a U.S. Senate seat in 2004, he told the Windy City Times, “I am a fierce supporter of domestic-partnership and civil-union laws. I am not a supporter of gay marriage as it has been thrown about, primarily just as a strategic issue. I think that marriage, in the minds of a lot of voters, has a religious connotation. …”
“I believe that American society can choose to carve out a special place for the union of a man and a woman as the unit of child rearing most common to every culture. …” he said. “(But) it is my obligation not only as an elected official in a pluralistic society, but also as a Christian, to remain open to the possibility that my unwillingness to support gay marriage is misguided…
[I]n a 2007 Democratic primary debate sponsored by a gay rights group and a gay-oriented cable TV channel, he spoke instead about his support for civil unions with “all the benefits that are available for a legally sanctioned marriage” — but not for legal recognition of “marriage” between same-sex couples.
In August 2008, he told Southern California megachurch Pastor Rick Warren his definition of marriage: “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.”
He later added: “I am not somebody who promotes same-sex marriage, but I do believe in civil unions.”
In November 2008, he said much the same thing to a rather different audience: MTV.
“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.”
Sounds like he’s finally decided. Uh-oh:
“I have been to this point unwilling to sign on to same-sex marriage primarily because of my understandings of the traditional definitions of marriage. But I also think you’re right that attitudes evolve, including mine.”
Good word, evolve. Better than prevaricate or flip-flop.
Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts asked him on Wednesday, “Mr. President, are you still opposed to same-sex marriage?”
Well, you know, I have to tell you, as I’ve said, I’ve been going through an evolution on this issue.
And who doesn’t believe in evolution—except for hidebound religious extremists? Like Bruce into Caitlyn, Obama had transitioned—from bigot to butt boy, from hater to homo-lover. For all the good it did him.
Obama, a consistent supporter of civil rights for gay couples, nevertheless said as early as 2004 and through 2008 that he didn’t support same-sex marriage. He had written that he believed “that American society can choose to carve out a special place for the union of a man and a woman.” In 2010, he said he wasn’t prepared to reverse himself. This week, the president said he thinks same-sex couples should be able to get married. On the Flip-O-Meter, he earns a Full Flop.
And don’t get me started on Hillary’s shameful posturing.
(Am I the only one who sees violence, even sexual violence, in that logo? If so, forget I mentioned it.)
I’ve already opined enough on the ObamaCare ruling, so I will only say by way of summary that while the decision went his way, neither the decision nor the dissent (certainly not!) had anything good to say about the law, how it was drafted or passed, even the intent behind it. It’s Constitutional (bitches), but only because Obama’s bitch, his personal butt boy on the bench, contorted and abused himself to make it so. Some victory.
Lastly, on Obama’s eulogy. I haven’t watched it (it seems almost voyeuristic to do so), haven’t listened to his rendition of Amazing Grace, so I won’t comment on its quality. Again, as the purpose was to remember nine people gunned down in cold blood, a Rotten Tomatoes-like review—good or bad—strikes me as obscene.
I just wonder how comfortable he is on the pulpit in a African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church.
[From a 2004 interview:] I am a Christian.
So, I have a deep faith. So I draw from the Christian faith.
On the other hand, I was born in Hawaii where obviously there are a lot of Eastern influences.
I lived in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, between the ages of six and 10.
My father was from Kenya, and although he was probably most accurately labeled an agnostic, his father was Muslim.
And I’d say, probably, intellectually I’ve drawn as much from Judaism as any other faith.
So, I’m rooted in the Christian tradition. I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people. That there are values that transcend race or culture, that move us forward, and there’s an obligation for all of us individually as well as collectively to take responsibility to make those values lived.
And so, part of my project in life was probably to spend the first 40 years of my life figuring out what I did believe – I’m 42 now – and it’s not that I had it all completely worked out, but I’m spending a lot of time now trying to apply what I believe and trying to live up to those values.
Have you always been a Christian?
I was raised more by my mother and my mother was Christian.
Any particular flavor?
My grandparents who were from small towns in Kansas. My grandmother was Methodist. My grandfather was Baptist. This was at a time when I think the Methodists felt slightly superior to the Baptists. And by the time I was born, they were, I think, my grandparents had joined a Universalist church.
So, my mother, who I think had as much influence on my values as anybody, was not someone who wore her religion on her sleeve. We’d go to church for Easter. She wasn’t a church lady.
As I said, we moved to Indonesia. She remarried an Indonesian who wasn’t particularly, he wasn’t a practicing Muslim. I went to a Catholic school in a Muslim country. So I was studying the Bible and catechisms by day, and at night you’d hear the prayer call.
So I don’t think as a child we were, or I had a structured religious education.
Though he was raised in a Muslim land, and of a Muslim father, he was raised a Christian—but of no “particular flavor”. So far, so good.
I still don’t see the connection to the “black church”. He was brought up among whites.
I probably didn’t get started getting active in church activities until I moved to Chicago.
I became much more familiar with the ongoing tradition of the historic black church and it’s importance in the community.
And the power of that culture to give people strength in very difficult circumstances, and the power of that church to give people courage against great odds. And it moved me deeply.
So that, one of the churches I met, or one of the churches that I became involved in was Trinity United Church of Christ. And the pastor there, Jeremiah Wright, became a good friend. So I joined that church and committed myself to Christ in that church.
Do you still attend Trinity?
Yep. Every week. 11 oclock service.
Ever been there? Good service.
We’d have to take his word for it. The Reverend Wright has since…retired.
At any rate, we have our role model. Subject matter aside (Jews, US-of-KKKA, etc.), Reverend Wright was a very persuasive speaker. Oh yes, one more teacher:
Father Michael Pfleger is a dear friend, and somebody I interact with closely.
Oh, come on. You remember:
Obama was smart enough not to have anything to do with Farrakhan, but only just. Just one degree away.
Anyway, Obama’s demeanor from the altar rings a lot more true than Hillary’s:
Where was I? Just this. Take your victory lap, Mr. President, if you feel one is justified. Successes built on lies are supposed to be short-lived. You haven’t met your comeuppance yet—and I’m starting to doubt you ever will—but should it ever come, it’ll be a doozy.
The head of an organization of African-American pastors told Newsmax Saturday that Christians must oppose the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling through civil disobedience because “you do something to get arrested to call attention to the injustice.”
“I was in the civil rights movement, so I know how to do it” the Rev. Bill Owens, president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP), said in an interview.