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In Obama’s first term, an evolving Christian faith and a more evangelical style
President Obama speaking from the pulpit of a Washington church in 2010.
October 27th, 2012
10:00 PM ET

In Obama’s first term, an evolving Christian faith and a more evangelical style

Editor's note: This is the last in a series about the faith lives of the presidential candidates, which includes a profile of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

Washington (CNN) – President Obama’s prayers for a strong first debate may not have been answered, but that doesn’t mean the prayers weren’t happening.

Before he stepped onto a Colorado stage earlier this month to face off with Mitt Romney for the first time, Obama joined a conference call with a small circle of Christian ministers.

“The focus of that prayer was, ‘Oh, Lord, you know precisely what the president needs to say,'” says Kirbyjon Caldwell, a Methodist megachurch pastor from Texas who helped lead the call. “'You know what this country needs during the next four years.’”

“'And so I would pray that your primary will and words that you want the president to say will fall from his lips,'” Caldwell goes on, recalling his prayer.

Obama, for his part, was mostly silent.

“There’s a profound and genuine humility in the presence of Christ himself,” Caldwell says, describing the president on such calls. “I think he recognizes it as a holy moment.”

It was the second time Caldwell and Obama had prayed by phone in as many months. The two had connected in August on a prayer call Obama has hosted on his birthday every year since coming to the White House.

Welcome to the intense, out-of-the-box and widely misunderstood religious life of President Barack Obama.

Though he famously left his controversial pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the year he was elected to the presidency, a handful of spiritual advisers close to Obama say that his time in office has significantly deepened his faith.

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Stephen Mansfield, a former Christian pastor who wrote the book “The Faith of Barack Obama,” goes so far to say that Obama has experienced a spiritual transformation.

“I think we do have at heart a new man, so to speak,” says Mansfield, who worked closely with the White House and with some Obama religious advisers on his book. “He has undergone a pretty significant personal religious change in his first term.”

Methodist minister Kibyjon Caldwell, right, has grown close to President Obama after serving as a spiritual counselor to President George W. Bush. Here, Caldwell and Bush share a stage in 2003.

Obama’s faith advisers say Mansfield goes a step too far, though they acknowledge that when it comes to his faith, Obama has changed.

“There is a deepening development in his relationship with God,” says Joel Hunter, a Florida-based pastor who has been in touch with Obama nearly every week since he took office. “He chooses to stay faithful in daily habits of study and prayer and consistent times of interchange with spiritual leaders.”

“I am not sure he did that before he came to the presidency.”

Whether or not Obama has been spiritually “reborn” in the evangelical sense, his spiritual counselors say the president’s faith has helped shape his first term in ways that haven’t been appreciated by voters or the news media.

And they say the presidency is bringing Obama to a new place in his faith - building on a system of belief and practice that helped bring him to the White House in the first place.

Talking like Billy Graham

These days, when the president talks about his faith, he sounds like a born-again Christian.

Addressing the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington this year, Obama recalled meeting the nation’s most iconic evangelical Christian, Billy Graham, and described his struggle to find the right words as he prayed aloud with the aging evangelist.

“Like that verse in Romans, the Holy Spirit interceded when I didn’t know quite what to say,” Obama told the gathering, invoking the New Testament.

It was hardly the only part of the speech where Obama was speaking “Christianese” – employing a lexicon familiar to evangelical Christians, who put a premium on quoting Scripture and communing directly with the Holy Spirit.

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At the same breakfast, Obama spoke of spending time every morning in “Scripture and devotion” and dropped the names of “friends like Joel Hunter or T.D. Jakes,” both well-known pastors of evangelical megachurches.

“He was talking like Billy Graham” at the breakfast, says Mansfield, who also wrote an admiring spiritual biography of former President George W. Bush.

Even in the more secular setting of the Democratic National Convention, Obama hinted at an intense White House prayer life, along with his need for God’s grace.

Some say President Obama sounds like an evangelical when he speaks about his religion, echoing the famous evangelist Billy Graham. The two men met at Graham's mountaintop home in North Carolina home in 2010.

“While I'm proud of what we've achieved together, I'm far more mindful of my own failings,” Obama said in his acceptance speech, “knowing exactly what Lincoln meant when he said, ‘I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go.’"

Such pious talk marks a departure from how the president discussed his faith life before his White House years.

Back then, Obama cited his religion more as a basis for social action than for spiritual sustenance. He would temper declarations of belief with affirmations of doubt.

Asked in a 2004 interview whether he prayed often, Obama, then a candidate for U.S. Senate in Illinois, responded: “Uh, yeah, I guess I do.”

In a 2007 interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Obama voiced skepticism about Scripture.

“There are aspects of the Christian tradition that I’m comfortable with and aspects that I’m not,” he said. “There are passages of the Bible that make perfect sense to me and others that I go ‘Ya know, I’m not sure about that.’”

These days, Obama forgoes such equivocations in favor of a full-throated Christianity.

To Mansfield, the evolution of Obama’s comments on religion bespeak a born-again experience, prompted largely by the president’s break with Wright and his arrival into a circle of spiritual counselors that includes many evangelicals.

The White House declined requests to speak to Obama.

But Hunter, the president’s closest spiritual counselor, says Obama has technically been a born-again Christian for more than 25 years, since accepting Jesus at Wright’s Chicago church in the 1980s.

But it's in the last four years that the president has become more evangelical in his habits.

He now begins each morning reading Christian devotionals on his Blackberry.

And then there’s the circle of pastors Obama has begun praying with before big events like the first presidential debate.

A circle of evangelicals

After landing in Washington following his 2008 election, Obama shopped around for a new church. But he wound up making his spiritual home instead among a circle of far-flung pastors that includes Hunter, Jakes and Caldwell, the minister from Texas.

Conference calls with the group started while Obama was still a presidential candidate, including on the night of his 2008 victory. The president-elect spoke by phone with Hunter and other Christian ministers, rejoicing in victory but also grieving the death of his grandmother, who helped raise him, just a few days earlier.

The migration from Wright – who almost brought down Obama’s campaign with videos that showed him sermonizing about “God damn America” and “the U.S. of KKK A” – to this new group, says Mansfield, has been underappreciated.

“[Obama] went into the Oval Office … questioning the only pastor he’d ever had,” Mansfield says. “Wright left him humiliated.”

“And there were deeper questions about the theology that [Obama] had received,” Mansfield continues. “Some part of Wright’s religious orientation had failed.”

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Where Wright is a liberal mainline Protestant, emphasizing liberation and social action, Obama’s new circle of pastors includes theologically conservative evangelicals like Hunter and Jakes, who stress God’s grace and personal transformation.

Mansfield notes that the chaplain who has presided for the last few years at Camp David, where Obama spends many Sundays, is also an evangelical.

Some of Obama’s spiritual counselors credit Joshua DuBois, executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, with leading Obama to a more evangelical-flavored Christianity. Caldwell calls him the president’s personal pastor.

A former associate pastor at a Pentecostal church in Boston, DuBois is the one responsible for sending Obama Scriptures and scriptural meditations five days a week; Hunter does it on the other two days.

The evangelical pastor Joel Hunter, center, and White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Executive Director Joshua DuBois, right, are the President’s closest religious counselors. Here they are in February.

DuBois convenes a daily 8:15 a.m. conference call with pastors to pray for the country and the president, who is not on the call. (Lately, those calls have also included prayers for Mitt Romney.)

And it’s DuBois who organized the president’s circle of spiritual advisers. After graduate school at Princeton, DuBois talked his way onto Obama’s staff at the U.S. Senate, repeatedly driving to Washington to make his case after job applications were rejected.

When Obama launched his presidential campaign a few years later, DuBois was plucked as its faith outreach director.

The 30-year-old White House aide plays down his influence on his boss.

“He has always been on a Christian journey,” DuBois says of Obama, “and the challenges of the office, of being leader of the free world, provides a deepening and strengthening of faith, and that’s what you see with the president.”

“I remember working with him around the Scripture he would use at the memorial service for the miners in West Virginia,” DuBois says, referring to the 2010 tragedy that left 29 dead. “These are obviously moments when one's faith is strengthened.”

The unparalleled trials of the Oval Office have been known to deepen the religiosity of presidents ranging from Abraham Lincoln to Ronald Reagan.

Hunter says the same thing has happened to this president: “His faith has been growing as the challenges of the presidency have become more naturally the main part of his own everyday life.”

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One of Hunter’s first Oval Office encounters with Obama came shortly after the president took office, at a time when the economy was shedding 750,000 jobs a month.

“He acknowledged at that meeting what many may know but few remember: that by the time issues get to the president, there are no simple or clear answers or they would have been solved by others,” Hunter says. “So we prayed.”

A few months later, Hunter was in the Oval Office again, noticing that “the unremitting heaviness of the office was setting in.”

“I saw something that has been consistent ever since: He cannot just pray for himself and his family,” Hunter says by e-mail. “At least I have never seen it. His faith, his heart, always includes those who are being left out through no fault of their own.”

Despite the changes they’ve seen in Obama, both Hunter and DuBois are uncomfortable with the word “transformation” when it comes to Obama’s White House faith life.

“The president doesn’t deal in labels,” says DuBois. “He knows God’s grace is sufficient for him and beyond that doesn’t get into labels, evangelical or mainline. He’s a proud Christian.”

Loving God by loving your neighbor

When the Rev. Sharon Watkins and a group of fellow Protestant ministers sat down with Obama at the White House a couple years into the president’s term, she knew the pastors would get wonky about religion.

“You get a bunch of ministers in the room and we’re all church geeks – it’s theological,” says Watkins, who along with the other pastors had come to talk about poverty. “But the president got every biblical allusion and reference. … He’s just a person who is biblically and theologically literate.”

If Obama’s personal theology has grown more conservative, he is inclined to apply it toward liberal political ends.

“I’d be remiss if my values were limited to personal moments of prayer or private conversations with pastors or friends,” Obama said at the National Prayer Breakfast in February. “So instead, I must try - imperfectly, but I must try - to make sure those values motivate me as one leader of this great nation.”

In signing laws that have increased Wall Street regulations and stopped health insurance companies from rejecting patients with preexisting conditions, Obama said at the breakfast, he wanted to “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,” he continued. “And I believe in God’s command to ‘love thy neighbor as thyself.’”

Obama and first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha leave church after attending a Sunday prayer service.

Obama went on to frame decisions as disparate as ending tax breaks for the wealthy and defending foreign aid as examples of biblical principles in action, quoting Jesus’ teaching that “for unto whom much is given, much shall be required” and invoking the “biblical call to care for the least of these.”

That last biblical reference also loomed large in another 2011 White House meeting between Obama and a group of religious leaders. They’d come to urge the president to protect programs for the poor amid his fight with Congress over raising the nation’s debt ceiling.

The Rev. Jim Wallis, a progressive activist, recalls the meeting:

In pressing Obama to take cuts to those programs off the table, one Roman Catholic bishop told the president that “the text that we are obliged to obey does not say ‘as you have done to the middle class you have done to me.’”

“It says as you’ve done to the least of these, you have done to me,” the bishop said.
“I know that text,” Obama responded. The passage is from the Matthew 25 in the New Testament.

“So there was this very rigorous conversation,” Wallis says, “and we pressed him on applying Matthew 25 to this decision about protecting those who were the least of these.”

Ultimately, the programs that the religious leaders were lobbying for were protected in the debt ceiling deal, though it’s unclear how big a role the religious leaders played.

For liberal Christians, such victories embody the justice of the social gospel, the idea that believers should do God’s work – even aid the Second Coming - by improving society.

“I do notice that sometimes, like on health care, when [Obama] says it’s the right thing to do, it’s him saying you love God by loving your neighbor,” says Watkins, who leads a mainline denomination called Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). “He’s doing the best he can to be guided by God so he can be a faithful follower of Christ.”

Skeptics might write off Obama’s Bible talk as sanctimonious window dressing, aimed at no higher purpose than connecting with churchgoers in the purple and red states. But translating the Good Book into progressive politics has always been a mainstay of Obama’s political biography.

‘An awesome God in the blue states’

When Obama landed on Chicago’s South Side in 1985 as an idealistic 23-year-old, eager to start work as a community organizer, he was already a political liberal.

He was also a man without a religion, the son of a spiritual-but-not-religious mother whom he would later describe as “a lonely witness for secular humanism” and an estranged African father who was born a Muslim but died an atheist.

Obama’s work in Chicago, built around causes like tenants’ rights and job training for laid-off workers, was steeped in religion.

His salary was paid by a coalition of churches. And the job took him into many black churches, among the most influential institutions in the neighborhood he was organizing, including Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ.

After a lifelong struggle to fit in, set in motion by his mixed-race parents, Trinity felt like home.

“I came to realize that without a vessel for beliefs, without an unequivocal commitment to a particular community of faith,” he wrote later, “I would be consigned at some level to always remain apart.”

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who brought Obama to Christianity, ignited controversy that almost brought down Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.

The changes that Wright’s church wrought weren’t just personal. Baptism and active membership there equipped Obama with an ability to connect with churchgoers he was trying to organize – and, years later, with religious voters he was trying to win over – in a deeper way.

Wright, who did not respond to interview requests for this story, gave Obama a moral framework for his liberal politics. The pastor espoused a black liberation theology that equates Jesus’ life and death with the plight of those who Wright saw as disenfranchised, from African-Americans to Palestinians.

“Wright is the religious version of almost everything Obama already believed without religion,” says Mansfield, who spent time at Trinity for his book. “It’s a support of oppressed people anywhere in the world.”

When Obama emerged on the national stage, his comfortable religiosity and sensitivity to the concerns of churchgoing Americans helped distinguish him as a Democrat.

“We worship an awesome God in the blue states,” he declared to huge applause in his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, catching the attention of young Christians like Joshua DuBois.

But at that same convention, Obama’s party nominated John Kerry, a candidate who eschewed God talk and who lost his own Catholic demographic on Election Day.

Four years later, Obama hired religious outreach staffers like DuBois for his presidential campaign and made a point of meeting with Christian Right leaders who’d never before heard from a Democratic presidential nominee.

Obama went on to win in places like Indiana and North Carolina, evangelical-heavy states that a Democratic presidential nominee hadn’t taken in decades.

If the Rev. Wright had almost brought down his presidential campaign, the controversial minister had also long ago laid the groundwork for Obama to connect with the churchgoing voters who had turned their backs on Kerry.

The politics of confusion

As president, the line between Obama’s personal convictions and his political prowess on religious matters can sometimes be hard to discern.

Obama invited the conservative evangelical megapastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at his 2009 inauguration, ruffling liberal feathers. He introduced an annual Easter prayer breakfast as a new White House tradition. He gives shout-outs to young evangelical leaders in major speeches.

Obama asked evangelical pastor Rick Warren to pray at his inauguration, riling some of the president's liberal supporters.

All can be seen as genuine reflections of Obama’s faith and his appreciation for the role of religious leaders in public life. And in a nation where more people believe in angels than in evolution - a fact that the president himself has publicly noted - all promise political benefits.

The same could be said for Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, and for presidents as diverse as Jimmy Carter and Reagan: All had deep spiritual streaks that enabled the political art of courting religious Americans, especially evangelicals.

The irony, in Obama’s case, is that despite his orthodox utterances - there’s “something about the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ, that puts everything else in perspective,” he said at this year's Easter breakfast - polls continue to show widespread confusion about his faith.

Only half the country can correctly identify Obama as Christian, according to one recent Pew poll, while 17% falsely believe he is a Muslim.

“He’s a Christian and he professes his Christian faith - I don’t know what else this man has to do to get that into folks’ ears,” says Caldwell, who was also close to George W. Bush.

President Obama at the 2011 White House Easter prayer breakfast, an annual tradition that he started.

But Obama’s public piety has helped him bond with young evangelical leaders, who are less tied to the GOP than their parents’ generation.

“I was struck by the specificity of what he described in terms of theology and what it means to him,” says Gabe Lyons, one such leader, describing a White House Easter breakfast he attended. “His message is very specific and very orthodox.”

Where exactly that new orthodoxy comes from – the pressures of the White House, a new circle of religious advisers or, to a certain degree, from political calculation – may become clearer after Obama's presidency, if he opens up about such matters.

Until then, the president is likely to keep speaking "Christianese" - and resisting Christian labels.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Barack Obama • Christianity • Politics

soundoff (4,988 Responses)
  1. shawn

    your right dude just pray

    October 29, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yes! Pray that Obama will soon be out!

      October 29, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • MalcomR

      That's a GREAT idea! All of the republican voters / bible thumpers should just stay home on election day and PRAY for Romney to be elected. Use the power of your GOD! Use it!

      October 29, 2012 at 10:30 am |
  2. Peter

    Religion should be left out of politics. It is always scary when someone trusts a religion instead of his own ratio. I suppose it is just impossible to get elected in the us if you say you don't believe so Obama can't just ignore the policy of pretending to be a good christian.

    October 29, 2012 at 9:56 am |
  3. Madrep

    11/15 is the day for the Benghazigate......Imagine, Obama Impeached "Hope he does"...and Biden is POTUS!!!! That is scary...but, don't look that far ahead Libs...YOU NEVER DO!!!!

    October 29, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Vic

      You're the one not reading and gathering information. Only Fox news.

      October 29, 2012 at 10:00 am |
  4. Penny Wright

    Romney can never release his tax records because if he does, he will be unelectable and probably end up in prison.

    October 29, 2012 at 9:56 am |
  5. Nii

    TRUTH
    Unfortunately they didn't get to Hitler, Stalin,Pinochet, Mussolini, Timothy McVeigh, George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, The W.B.C clan, KKK, Milosevic, Radovan Karadzic and the like in time. Crimes that a black has committed is a crime a human has committed. We need to look at issues seriously not with racial bias. Otherwise the offenders always escape.

    October 29, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • Truth

      N1ggers are not human beings, though. They fall into a different, simian primitive category.

      October 29, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • Truth

      Also, the offenders most definitely did not escape, hence why America's prisons are all filled to the brim with n1ggers.
      We got em! :)

      October 29, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • MalcomR

      Truth: Put a gun in your mouth.

      October 29, 2012 at 10:03 am |
  6. Penny Wright

    Romney + Karl Rove + Rush Limbaugh + Grover Norquist + super rich + $uperPACs = 1%

    October 29, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • MalcomR

      And the ~50% of the country that will vote republican think that they speak for them. Sad.

      October 29, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  7. MalcomR

    The stupidity on display here makes me embarrassed to be American. Can you imagine the highly educated founders of this country reading this sewage? The very ones who wrote the const.i.tution these posting morons like to cite? Religion is for sheep and fools. Obama, like all modern politicians, uses it to his advantage. Racism is for the backward inbred mountain morons (plenty of those here I see). This country is currently a joke. If you look at the electoral maps, you can see what is already obvious. The country bumpkins, racists, less educated, selfish and uncaring among us vote republican, while the more sophisticated, educated, rational and caring vote democratic. Who's going to win? Probably the party with more guns than brains and more dogs named Bubba.

    October 29, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • Reason

      Thanks for raising the bar. Can I roll my eyes now?

      October 29, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • Peter

      Right!

      October 29, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • Vic

      Agree 100%

      October 29, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • Truth

      Does it make you more intelligent, if you falsely, foolishly categorize n1ggers as being human, and "just like us"?
      I bet you don't let your children hang around n1gger,s now do you? I wonder why.
      NAACP = now apes are considered people.
      The REAL intelligent ones are the ones that can see through this fallacy, portrayed on us by the Government and the media.
      Remember what Martin Luther Koon said? Judge the chimps not by their skin color, by by their CHARACTER.
      Well, take a good look of the character or anyone in America that is not from European or Asian. You want to talk about trash? Well, there you have it.
      We are judging them by their character, or complete lack thereof. Their sh!tcolored skin simply makes them much easier to target and/or avoid. It is a curse, placed on them because of their sub-humanity.
      You can call us racists, or whatever else makes you feel better, we are simply realists. For this is the reality of the world. We will be safer because of our beliefs, than a race-traitor, n1gger lover such as yourself.
      Now tell me, because we are safer, we are stupid? Right.....

      October 29, 2012 at 10:08 am |
    • Truth

      The highly educated founders of our country considered n1ggers as nothing more than a man's personal property, barely 3/5ths of a human being. They were correct.
      Put that in your crack pipe and smoke it.

      October 29, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • MalcomR

      Hi Truth! Did you know (I'm sure you don't since you are very stupid) that the genome of all humans is ~97% identical to modern Chimps? Now go back to your KKK/Nazi mother/wife. And be careful not to interrupt her if she's doing bubba the dog. You know how mad that makes her.

      October 29, 2012 at 10:16 am |
  8. obamaphone

    Vote Obama America! He gave me my free obamaphone so I can call all my homies! I get all these gov't handouts for me and my 8 kids and dont have to worry about working at all! Obama is the shizzle! I would vote for Obama but I'm a convicted felon so it's up to your America! Vote Obama and keek them handouts rolling in! Now time to watch Judge Joe Brown on my bigscreen. HOLLA!

    October 29, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • MalcomR

      Go back to your wife/sister and have another beer. It'll be ok Bubba.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Nii

      Like they say in Ghana when a white man is desperate he speaks the black man's language.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • Swagger

      Obama has dat swagger! He haz luv fo da streets.

      October 29, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • Truth

      Fo shizzle my nizzle skizzle! Mo gibsmedat!

      October 29, 2012 at 10:11 am |
    • MalcomR

      Hey Truth! Sounds like you have something stuffed in your mouth. Wonder what it could be? Wheres your daddy at huh? Oh. Don't have one? Awww... then where's bubba at?

      October 29, 2012 at 10:21 am |
  9. tony

    The collection plates haven't changed a bit.

    October 29, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • Reason

      True. They stay mostly empty. Christians don't give as they should to promote charity. But, according to surveys and statistics, at least they give more than Iberians and the non religious who see no utility in giving their money away when they can use it for selfish desires.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:53 am |
  10. Dave

    So the Bamster decided to start attending church REGULARLY again. He's worse than the once a year Easter service people. He's on the once every four years cycle. Either that our he brings a preacher with him on his much more regular weekend golf outings.

    CNN – you are a joke posting a story like this. You'd be better served talking about the hurricane and writing stories about how the governement people are trying to save white people.

    October 29, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • Truth

      Save White People? From what, careers, education, and wealth?
      Oh oh.....you mean save White People from n1ggers....don't worry, we have that covered already.
      As long as the 2nd amendment still exists, that is.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:48 am |
  11. S.R.

    They already ran this story. Why not run the Mittens belonging to the cult Mormon church story! Look at the details of this religion and tell yourself this is not a weird cult religion!

    October 29, 2012 at 9:46 am |
  12. sunnylovetts

    Yes, cause its really evangelical to extremely increase drone bombing and kill innocent men, women, and children.

    Wolf in sheep's clothing.

    And Romney is the same.

    October 29, 2012 at 9:44 am |
  13. REality Check

    Absolute BS...another diversion to suck in the voters and cloak his real muslim self. A mster of baffle and dazzle...

    October 29, 2012 at 9:43 am |
    • Greg

      Good evidence behind this story. Absolutely ZERO evidence about him being a Muslim, but you believe whatever nonsense you want to. I bet you think he was born in Kenya too?

      October 29, 2012 at 9:58 am |
  14. mikey

    Malarky, we all know he is Muslim.

    October 29, 2012 at 9:43 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      We all know you're the same little poser as tarura.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:44 am |
    • Jerry.R.

      You don't sound like a true American. Freedom of religion. It shouldn't matter if he is a Muslim which he isn't. Maybe you should find another country to live in one that you can be prejudice in. This is the land of the free!

      October 29, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      But I will say I agree that Obama is certainly a Muslim.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Jehova

      You are an idiot. I've instructed Lucifer to set aside a special place in Hades for you. Work on your stretching exercises.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • Greg

      Right, he's a Muslim that supports separation of Church and State. That makes perfect sense, you are a genius.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • Monday

      who are the "we" that know he is a muslim?
      Muslim based on what? State the evidence of your argument.

      October 29, 2012 at 11:38 am |
  15. tarura

    His faith has not changed – once a musIim, always a musIim

    OMG (Obama must go) !

    October 29, 2012 at 9:43 am |
    • grrree

      You are funny.
      Question – muslim based on what? Your biased beliefs?

      October 29, 2012 at 9:51 am |
  16. IBNetMan

    Truth,
    I am really beginning to like you.... It's nice to see someone come out and let us see how the GOP is fed up with system and an inferior race. I really like how your not afraid to express it. Keep it up... you are having a bigger effect than you realize.... Keep trolling buddy...;-)

    October 29, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • Truth

      Inferior species.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • Vic

      Yes you are inferior. Projecting.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • Guest

      IBNetMan and Truth – I wish you well with your racist statements and thoughts. You are still stuck in the dark age. The world has left you behind, because there are very few people that think like you.
      EDUCATE YOURSELVES.

      October 29, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • IBNetMan

      Guest, You need not worry... I am not a racist... You just did not read between the lines..

      October 29, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  17. Madrep

    Obvious observation....POTUS has his voter base in the background!!!! LMAO

    October 29, 2012 at 9:41 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Did you azz fart when you laughed it off? Oh, wait...that's your breath I smell.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:43 am |
    • Madrep

      Tommy Boy....easy there name calling Lib...your party is destroying this Country....Sheeple. Maybe you are Gay and just got married! Good for you....May you never acquire AIDs. Well...not really what I think but sounds good.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • Truth

      The lowly 12%...or is that the 47% now? I always forget!

      October 29, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      We are Tom, Tom. We are all trolls and all trolls are us.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:58 am |
  18. Boom

    Maybe you guys should read Matthew and see what Jesus says about judging others. Once you read that you people that are critcal on Obama might shut up because everyone messes up or doesn't do things others would.

    October 29, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • Madrep

      Boom...you sure are absolutely correct....EVERYONE MESSES UP....Kind of like the idiots that put this wannabe Christian in office.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:42 am |
    • grrree

      You couldn't have said it better Boom.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:53 am |
  19. Truth

    Abortion is very important, no, necessary to have in this country.
    Planned Parenthood aborts almost 50% of n1gger babies, before they can even commit a crime.
    Now THAT is progress we need.

    October 29, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • Huebert

      Do your parents know that you are skipping school?

      October 29, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • Truth

      Do you know that I am your father?
      Now go to your room.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • Guest

      Truth – your name should be biased and racist. You are not telling the truth, what you are doing is telling the world you are racist and biased.

      October 29, 2012 at 10:18 am |
    • Chill

      You are doing a lot of foolish talk online, but you know and I know that you don't have the heart to say this to any minority to their face. You racist kind will always be portrayed as cowards. I dare you to say this at a NAACP meeting or around a group of black people. You won't because you are too scared and you are a coward plain and simple.

      October 29, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  20. Eric

    For Christians, we all must pray for God's will to be done, not ours. That might mean Obama or it might mean Romney.

    October 29, 2012 at 9:34 am |
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