The Obamas walk to church, reverend preaches understanding expectations
December 12th, 2011
03:10 AM ET

The Obamas walk to church, reverend preaches understanding expectations

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – On a cold, brisk day in Washington, DC, the president and his family walked across Lafayette Park to attended services at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

According to a pool report, Reverend Luis Leon’s sermon was about John the Baptist heralding Jesus as the real god. Leon went on to discuss how John the Baptist’s heralding did not first go as expected but that it was a good thing because it taught people to accept reality.

Rev. Leon also mentioned the president in his sermon. Playing off John the Baptist, the reverend discussed the expectations people had of Obama at first. Many people, he said, unfairly expected a messiah to cure all America’s problems, but that now it is becoming apparent it’s not that easy.

"This is not a political diatribe by the way,” Rev. Leon said. “It's simply stating the obvious.”

Just after noon, the first family took communion with other worshipers and then walked back to the White House.

Presidents have become regulars at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Founded in 1815, every president since James Madison has attended a service there.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Houses of worship • Obama

soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. MAJORITY always WINS

    Whether Obama is a Christian or just pretending to be one just to win, either way or both only proves one thing, MY NAME.

    December 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  2. Muneef

    Story of Joseph PBUH



    December 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  3. FortheScriptureQuoters

    1 Timothy 2
    I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
    For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
    For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
    Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
    For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

    December 12, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
    • Charles


      It is so nice to see everyone smiling when going to Church.

      December 12, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • Mad The Swine

      Anyone who is captured will be run through with a sword. Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes. Their homes will be sacked and their wives r@ped by the attacking hordes. For I will stir up the Medes against Babylon, and no amount of silver or gold will buy them off. The attacking armies will shoot down the young people with arrows. They will have no mercy on helpless babies and will show no compassion for the children. (Isaiah 13:15-18 NLT)

      The bible; A book about family.


      December 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      and uh as I recall, Babylon butchered the Israelites right after. So um that made God wrong right that did not happen they failed to even dent Babylon,.. but still they’ll just keep ignoring the immorality

      December 12, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  4. Mad The Swine

    His wife looks like she's been puking a lot. Someone get that thing a cheeseburger.

    December 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Maybe she spotted you peeing up against the wall.

      December 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • captain america

      Getting excited tom tom?

      December 12, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • Mad The Swine

      I don't live anywhere near this family of anorexic trolls.

      December 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Of course you don't. You live in Outer Buf* ck, Alabama, or some equally cruddy spot.

      Right near Private Ass Wipe. Or with it.

      December 12, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
    • Mad The Swine

      You are incorrect. I live in Las Vegas, Nevada.

      December 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Sadly they do look anorexic. I am for the push for healthy eating and living but I agree , some one throw them a hamburger. Even Michelle does not look at healthy as she used to look. Before it was American Gladiator ...now its Whitney Houston without the drug addiction.

      December 12, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Swine, you are beyond stupid. You've obviously never known a person with anorexia.

      Everyone who reads your posts, however, is familiar with someone who suffers from microcephaly.

      December 12, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What's the matter, Mark? Got a spare tire you can't get rid of? Love handles? Too bad nobody ever gets to handle them!

      December 12, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      The only dolts who'd see the Obamas as underweight are fat slobs who can't manage to stop shoving slop in their maws.

      December 12, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "I live in Las Vegas, Nevada." Same thing.

      December 12, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
    • Mad The Swine

      Well look at this turd in the punch bowl. Completely incapable of understanding what exaggeration means. I know you've taken deep offense to my exaggeration of the physical health of your best friends, the white house occupiers, but I'm not going to apologize for it. By the way, your Microcephaly insult was a stupid stretch that didn't make any sense. You might as well have said that anyone who reads my posts is familiar with someone who suffers from cancer. In order to properly insult me, you should have been more direct in stating your belief that I suffer from Microcephaly. This would have been a proper insult in that it would actually have something to do with me. However, based on the moronic assumption earlier that I live in Alabama we can safely say that I am in no danger of living up to your medical diagnosis. Please tell me you don't actually think you're going somewhere with your weak internet attacks.

      You suck harder than a collapsed star.

      December 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
    • captain america

      For the record Tommie is canadian and not from the east coast.

      December 13, 2011 at 12:52 am |
    • Tom Piper'Sr.

      Nope, my son Tom Tom grew in North Korea. We lived there.

      December 13, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  5. ham sammich

    Why do Michelle and the girls not wearing burquas? Obama is just pulling a Clinton, a Jesse, an Al SharpDung, trying to make everyone think he is some kinda christian and he, like them, is. A NON-CHRISTIAN.

    December 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
    • Howard

      Are the obama's going to the same church they attended for TWENTY YEARS, to hear 'God Damn America ??? ... or, is this another staged photo op ???
      It's just more B.S. from the sacred cow ... and the obama stooges are lapping it up !!!

      December 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Howard, is Newt going to the same church he did 20 years ago?

      December 12, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • captain america

      For the record hot air is a canadian and it is none of his business, where or if any American goes to church.

      December 12, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      you forgot Regan, he wasn’t a Christian either just used them to get elected

      December 12, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
  6. Christian Too....

    I'm a staunch Republican, but I'm a Christian first. I don't see how anyone can be partisan about a man leading his family to church. I might disagree with the President's policies, but I applaud him on being a good father and husband and don't doubt that he is a Christian. The bible tell us that we are to pray for our leaders. At my church we prayed for President Bush and we now pray for President Obama. God Bless him

    December 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • Jesus Chirsttheway

      Well said

      December 12, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>" I might disagree with the President's policies, but I applaud him on being a good father and husband"

      After decades of negative black male stereotypes the image displayed in this article is mostly the only reason that I am glad he was elected. I could not vote for him but I did not vote for McCain.

      December 12, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      Even if that leader is taking away your rights as a human being, you should still pray for him

      December 12, 2011 at 8:46 pm |
    • Bob

      Your prayers for Bush sure didn't help him make good decisions...

      December 12, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Bob, with the country at a almost 50 / 50 split each person in office is making good decisions for half the country and with Obama's low ratings its not even 50/50.

      December 12, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
  7. Mark from Middle River

    Goodness, I have dropped a few pounds recently but I look at that picture .... in almost every family there is at least one fat member. Maybe one of the parents or even one of the kids that enjoys an occasional hamburger or four.

    December 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      They look to be of normal weight. Maybe where you come from, obesity is the norm.

      December 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Wow no swearing ... medication is bringing you back down to a stable level. I am proud of yah dude. It is not the thing of Obesity but that they just do not look healthy. I am not of healthy weight because i am a bit overweight, where as these folks look drastically underweight.

      Also the close hair cut of Barach just doesn't help as he is graying fast, crazy fast. I would dare to say that he reminds me of some of the ones around my place of employment but that would be going too far. Its like G.W. and Bill. Its like they age fast these days in that house.

      December 12, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I wonder how much hair you have, Mark. Most of it's probably not on your head.

      December 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Just as I suspected. You're porky.

      December 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Maybe you'll lose weight "tomorrow", Porky.

      December 12, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
    • Marks from Middle River

      Well since I did say I was a bit overweight then you can go ahead with the 60's Porky insult. It's all good, compared to ten years ago I have struggled and went from 250+ to 203.

      See I have lost the weight and feel like a more healthy person. Unfortunately for you it's probably going to require shock treatment and a entire host of anti psychotic medication to bring you into normal. I see you are doing better tonight though. Maybe increase your dosage to two pill by mouth four times a day. That will get you through dinner until bed time with your negative mood swings. 🙂

      December 12, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
    • captain america

      Shock treatment doesn't work on canadians. Therapy requires a brain in order to work.

      December 13, 2011 at 12:53 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Good Grief CA ,.... what's it with this hatred of Canadians? Are you just goofing around? I have heard of many hatreds, even of the Amish but really Canada?

      December 13, 2011 at 2:19 am |

    The Obamas walking to church. What a blessing to see. God bless you and your family!

    December 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
  9. Atheist Hunter

    In 1 Cor 11:27, Paul says, “So that whoever should eat this bread, or drink the cup of the Lord unworthily, will be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord.”

    December 12, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • Sinless

      You think there is a proper way to drink and eat? Yet even your religion does not show you how to do these things.
      Become sinless and burn your Bible or throw it away. It is not needed to live a sinless life nor is it needed to live a moral life.

      December 12, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
  10. Atheist Hunter

    Now 1 Cor 11:29: “For the one eating and drinking unworthily is eating and drinking judgment to himself, by not discerning the body of the Lord.”

    December 12, 2011 at 11:34 am |
  11. Atheist Hunter

    Obama is a fake and a far cry from John the Baptist.

    December 12, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Jesus Chirsttheway

      Tell me how do you know the heart of humans?

      December 12, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
  12. margaret

    Look at ObaManure struttin his stuff. What a piece of horse hockey he is.

    December 12, 2011 at 9:11 am |
  13. Bo

    Thumper's mom said, “If you can't say something nice, don't say anything.” I don't have anything to say about either party.

    December 12, 2011 at 8:51 am |
  14. Willie The Pimp

    Obama is a christian? Yeah and I eat my on doo doo.

    December 12, 2011 at 7:40 am |
    • captain america

      That you do is obvious.

      December 12, 2011 at 7:44 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You speak from experience as a sh!t-eater, right, CA? I KNEW you had bad breath for a reason.

      December 12, 2011 at 9:33 am |
    • captain america

      TomTom speaking from experience you kissing up, both ends.Who's name are you stealing next? How is that qu eer thing working out for you?

      December 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "Who is name are you stealing next?" Really, dear, you'll have to be more kre8tive. I haven't stolen anyone's name. Perhaps you are projecting again, Mark.

      December 12, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
    • captain america

      We think you protest too much tommie tom tom.The first danger sign ... denial.

      December 12, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Meh. Fine. Every post on here is mine. Bwahahhahhahha!

      December 12, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
    • captain america

      No, only the stupid ones, that is how we busted you for name theft.

      December 12, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      The above post was mine, not captain america's.

      December 12, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  15. Fisting your brother

    Look America. We, the obamas are walking to church. We are so Godly and christian and humble that we wal to church for ALL THE WORLD TO SEE!

    December 12, 2011 at 7:36 am |
    • So what is going on here?

      Sounding a bit cynical, are we?
      What about all the Republican candidates who are strutting their religions in front of the right-wingers?
      So the Prez want's to do a photo op. It's probably nothing more than a fashion show to show off the ladies dresses while also showing he can strut his own religion whenever needed.
      I think this is just showing the "conservatives" that he goes to church too and it shouldn't be an issue anyway despite all the posturing and pandering.

      December 12, 2011 at 8:00 am |
    • AGuest9

      Any different from any of the other December/Spring attendees?

      December 12, 2011 at 10:23 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Fisting, they are doing what every Christian partners and parents that love, cherish and respect their children do.

      You, however, can slither back under your rock if you continue to refuse to seek our Lord.


      December 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
  16. Reality

    Only for the "newbies":

    Hmmm, the infidelity, cheating, lying and theological flaws of Newtown Leroy Gingrich vs. the theological flaws, wishy-wash -on- life of Romney vs. the theological flaws, "vote-mongering", pro-choice/abortion of Obama??


    Romney believes that the horn-blowing angel Moroni appeared to the con artist Joe Smith. Not good for someone who wants to be president of any group !!! Obama "mouths" that he is Christian i.e. believes in gay Gabriel and warmongering Michael the Archangel and Satan (Ditto for N. Leroy Gingrich). BO's support of abortion however vitiates has Christianity as he is the leader of the Immoral Majority who are now the largest voting block in the country. Immoral Majority you ask??

    The 78 million voting "mothers and fathers" of aborted womb babies !!! (2012 -1973 Rowe vs. Wade = 39........ 39 x 2 million/yr = 78 million. Abortion rate in the USA as per the CDC is one million/yr.

    And the presidential popular vote in 2008? 69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM. The population of the Immoral Majority in 2008? ~ 70 million !!!!!!

    December 12, 2011 at 7:14 am |
    • HeavenSent

      And Christians continue to pray for all involved, even you reality.


      December 12, 2011 at 12:10 pm |
    • Muneef

      Reality Reality Reality

      Dear dear always complaining seems nothing pleases you... 🙂

      Any way dear miss our usual chat but unfortunately subjects are not as exciting as used to be... Just want to comfort you that am back home to Yemen and all check up's at Amman,Jordan were stating am in fine health again although have to use blood pressure pills to control it otherwise am fine...
      Would like as well to take this opportunity to convey to all those I new and respect such as PRISM 1234, Mark from Middle River and many more...my best wish's to all for a happy coming holidays in advance XMas and New Year... 😉

      December 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
    • .........

      for the oldies hit report abuse on reality bull sh it

      December 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • Reality

      Muneef, Muneef, Muneef, Muneef,

      You need to be updated on the upcoming holy/holidays so that you might be able to converse wisely with your Christian, Jewish and Afro-American friends.

      To wit:

      Christmas, the embellished story of the birth of a simple, preacher man named Jesus.

      As per most contemporary NT exegetes, his parents were Mary and Joseph although some say Jesus was a mamzer, the result of a pre-marital relationship between Mary and a Roman soldier.


      Jesus was not born in Bethlehem at least the one we are familiar with and there were no pretty wingie thingies singing from on high, no slaughter of the innocents by Herod, no visiting wise men and no escape to Egypt.

      Conclusion: the holyday of Christmas is historically a non-event. Ditto for the Feast of the Magi and the solemnity of Mary aka New Years day.

      "Kwanzaa, which will be celebrated for the 44th time in 2009, was established by Dr. Maulana Karenga. The seven-day festival (December 26 – January 1) is secular, not religious, and aims to strengthen African cultural ident-ity and community values while providing a spiritual alternative to the commercialism of Christmas."

      Chanukah (Hanukkah)

      "Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is one of the most joyous times of the Jewish year. The reason for the celebration is twofold (both dating back to c. 165 BCE): the miraculous military victory of the small, ill-equipped Jewish army over the ruling Greek Syrians, who had banned the Jewish religion and desecrated the Temple; and the miracle of the small cruse of consecrated oil, which burned for eight days in the Temple's menorah instead of just one."

      "Originally a minor holiday, it has become more lavishly celebrated as a result of its proximity to Christmas."
      Some candles burn for weeks so the menorah "miracle" is hardly miraculous.
      Rabbi Wolpe can probably give us his take on the historical validity of Hanukkah.

      So after thorough analyses of the NT Christmas passages, what are a few of the conclusions of some of the top contemporary NT scholars?

      Matt 1:18-25: From Professor Gerd Ludemann in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, pp. 123-124, "The fathering of Jesus from the Holy Spirit and his birth from the virgin Mary are unhistorical". Ludemann gives a very detailed analysis to support his conclusions. One part being the lack of attestations to these events and the late time strata of said story.

      "Lüdemann [Jesus], (pp. 261-63) discounts Luke's account as a legend deriving from Jewish Hellenistic circles that were concerned to hold together the procreation of the Spirit, the authentic sonship of the Messiah and the virginal conception. "

      Then there are these additional conclusions:

      Bruce Chilton

      "In [Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography] (2000), Chilton develops the idea of Jesus as a mamzer; someone whose irregular birth circu-mstances result in their exclusion from full participation in the life of the community. He argues for the natural pa-ternity of Joseph and finds no need for a miraculous conception. In his subsequent reconstruction of Jesus' life, Chilton suggests that this sustained personal experience of exclusion played a major role in Jesus' self-ident-ity, his concept of God and his spiritual quest.

      John Dominic Crossan

      "In [Historical Jesus] (p. 371) Crossan treats this cluster, like 007 Of Davids Lineage, as an example of the interplay of prophecy and history in the development of the Jesus traditions.

      "In [Birth of Christianity] (pp. 26-29) Crossan uses Luke's account of Jesus' conception and birth to explore ethical issues concerning the public interpretation of the past. He notes the tendency of Christian scholars to disregard "pagan" birth legends while investing great effort in the defence of biblical birth narratives. He concludes:

      I do not accept the divine conception of either Jesus or Augustus as factual history, but I believe that God is incarnate in the Jewish peasant poverty of Jesus and not in the Roman imperial power of Augustus. "

      "The following ancient parallels to Jesus' miraculous conception should be noted:
      Birth of Moses (Exod 2:1-10)
      Birth of Plato (Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers, 3.45) [see Acts of Jesus, p. 507]
      Birth of Alexander the Great (Plutarch, Parallel Lives, 2.1-3.5) [see Acts of Jesus, p. 502f]
      Birth of Apollonius (Philostratus, Life of Apollonius, I.4) [see Acts of Jesus, p. 505]"

      And some final words from Thomas Jefferson, not a contemporary NT scholar, but indeed a very learned man:

      "And the day will come,
      when the mystical generation of Jesus,
      by the Supreme Being as His Father,
      in the womb of a virgin,
      will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva
      in the brain of Jupiter.

      - Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
      Letter to John Adams, from Monticello, April 11, 1823.

      December 12, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • Muneef

      Dear Reality.

      People with out those things which you believe not in will become like machines,(robots) nothing to look for or celebrate or believe in...you will deprive them from the sp-ice of life...life will become as a dish of food with out any salt,sp-ice,seasonings...! Such thought will only be beneficial to those who want to enslave people depriving them from their holidays and celebrations where live will be work and work only...and GOD knows if they will still allow us the weekends..!..

      December 13, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  17. TruthPrevails

    Captain America is a troll who is full of hate and bigotry. It believes that CNN is only available for the use of people in the USA and is too stupid to realize that this is the World Wide Web not the USA wide web. Please people report abuse on all its posts. Its type of person should be locked up and not allowed to use a computer...it really is a danger to society. It tends to forget who its countries closest allies are and it stands to prove why the USA has so many issues. I am thankful the USA has people like Mirosal and Colin who are not acting like 10 year olds.

    December 12, 2011 at 6:50 am |
    • captain america

      Or could it be that captain america oozes truth ,justice and the American way, so much so that it sets perverted canadian teeth on edge. Beware fellow Americans of geeks (canadians) bearing gifts.

      December 12, 2011 at 7:04 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      or it could be that you're a trolling christard who is delusional. I don't care what your opinion is in the end...I'm not on here to appease your small mind and regardless of what you say or think, Canadian's will continue to be here.

      December 12, 2011 at 7:09 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      That's not what you're oozing. You should really get that checked out by a doctor. A mental health care professional, preferably.

      December 12, 2011 at 7:16 am |
    • captain america

      And what would pervert canadians know about truth, justice and the American way? Don't tread on me.

      December 12, 2011 at 7:41 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      considering it is all over our news daily, we know more than you do...however I have once again reported your post as abusive.

      December 12, 2011 at 7:48 am |
    • captain america

      Top who the rcmp? Try telling someone who cares, ass hole.

      December 12, 2011 at 7:53 am |
    • Mirosal

      @CA .... the RCMP ... remember their motto? It's true.

      December 12, 2011 at 8:00 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @CA: I just keep hitting the 'report abuse' link here....that's how it has been reported to loser...we can hope they delete your hate filled posts. See, you haven't won...I'm still here and I'm not going away from this blog any time soon...there are rational minded people like Mirosal; Tom-Tom; Colin and Reality that I converse with...you're type of ignorance is not required.

      December 12, 2011 at 8:17 am |
    • Mirosal

      @CA .. I'm still here as well. Unlike you, I actually had the balls to put on a uniform and serve my country. I actually earned my rank. So go play on your GameBoy unless mommy took it away from you for failng 5th grade ... again, or just go play with yourself (that would be a very quick game) and leave the intelligent political topics to the grown-ups, ok?

      December 12, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "Who is the rmcp? Tell someone who cares, ass hole."

      I know who the Royal Canadian mounted police are. I also know you're the horse's ass under them.

      December 12, 2011 at 9:29 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Tom, after your meltdown the other night you should be the one seeking mental attention. 🙂

      December 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      I suggest that you do *not* report CA for abuse as getting into an "abuse war" would not be to anyone's benefit.

      I think it is much better that CA's posts remain, with polite opposition and correction, so that all can see what sort of person he is. Who knows, perhaps his fellow Americans and believers will set him straight.

      The most disappointing thing about CA is that once he has blustered on about how great the USA is and displayed his hatred of Canadians, he really has nothing to offer to a discussion. I keep hoping to read something of substance by CA, but he just never delivers.

      December 12, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Answer

      That captain america is nothing to us Canadians. His hate isn't even worthwhile in whoever he tells it to.

      We Canadians consider where our country came from and we fully appreciate our differences to the US. Canadians readily acknowledge that our break away to independence from the British was a negotiated independence. We saw no need for war where peace can be obtained even though it took a few more years than the US who fought. We Canadians do not need American's to defend ourselves. Even if Canada fully disarms our whole nation the US will still not be able to over-run our beautiful nation because we are the highlight of peace. Other nations who see our light will gather in condemnation to all who invade us.

      Canada is fully aware that our past ties with the monarchy is like a tie to a parent. We learn from the parent to reject stupid religious beliefs. We reject oppression and are always for the side of the weak – we always help those in need.

      The few trash haters who belong to those supremacist groups can yell til they turn blue in the face and the only effect on Canadians is to make our light shine brighter. That is what Canada is. I love being a Canadian.

      December 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • captain america

      Fact ain't hate.There is no end to doing good. The mounties always get their whatever it is in canada these days. No men left in canada at last report. As evidenced by Tom tom poor gender confused ass hole.

      December 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Tommie Tantrum Tom Tom had a meltdown?

      Say it isn't so!


      December 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • captain america

      Tommie got busted stealing names. He /she got exposed for what he/she is, a qu eer canadian aspiring to be a female.

      December 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • Bob

      Are you saying Tommie had a s e x change operation?

      December 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yep. You betcha. Whatever makes you feel good, dears.

      December 12, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      I found the little spastic episode it had:


      Poor widdle Tommie Tantrum.

      December 12, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      HotAirAce. Well said. Very well said.

      December 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • Mark from Middle River

      Yeah some like to go Bloods or Crypts or even Neo Nazi on a guy .....

      ... I had to get all Annie in his face !!! 🙂

      December 12, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Bwah. "Crypts"!

      Dumbf* ck.

      December 12, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
    • Marks from Middle River

      You are just itchin' for me to get "Hard Knock Life For Us" and get my stomping all over you TomTom 🙂

      December 12, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
  18. Yram

    I believe that the president and his wife and beautiful family have been handed down and carried on some of their original Irish Roman Catholic values. They are very spiritual and caring. There has not been anyone this caring in the white house since John F Kennedy. Problem with the narcissistic blowhard republicans is that they have no heart and don't care that people are dying from hunger here in the US as well as everywhere else. Lets pray that the Obamas will be blessed with the spirit of God this Christmas season and for the heavy road ahead. The Clintons are also good loving people who work so hard the republican lazy baaas would never keep up because they do not care. So, as a newcommer to American, be kind and loving to each other, that is the Christmas way, dont let politics get in the way of Jesus and Joseph and Mary, that perfect little family with nothing. God bless you Mr Obama, Michelle and your two lovely little girls. I am proud to be an american in your time. Anyone else really puts fear in my heart. Thank you and love each other to bits. Mary Gordon ex Galway, Ireland

    December 12, 2011 at 4:48 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Hi and as your neighbor to the North, we welcome you to our wonderful part of the world...hopefully you'll get the chance to make a trip up to our beautiful country. As much as I may not agree with your belief, it is nice to see that you are open-minded and aware of who is running the country and what good he is attempting to do.
      Have a wonderful holiday season...may the stars shine brightly upon you. 🙂

      December 12, 2011 at 5:16 am |
    • HeavenSent


      May His peace be with you Yram.

      December 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  19. TruthPrevails

    Unfortunately too many people will read this and say the president is not a true christian, totally forgetting that 'judge not, lest ye be judged' exists in their book.
    They will also forget that it was him who avoided a second Great Depression, bailing out the auto industry and passing a signature health care law even while acknowledging that the public is hardly satisfied with the direction of the country. They will forget that he walked in to a country that was already in a mess; had a hand in ensuring that one of the countries biggest threats was dealt with accordingly; helped ensured that an American citizen paid accordingly for his act of treason. They don't care about the good he has done, they only care that he has a muslim father and that he is not Caucasian. Sadly enough all the people who call themselves good christians will condemn this man forever while forgetting that they too need to look in a mirror. He will not catch a break from the haters and bigots and racists of the country until he caves. I just hope they clue in before it is too late...as it stands now he is ahead in the poles and much for the benefit of the country-not one other person running for the position is as capable.

    December 12, 2011 at 4:25 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      Polls baby not poles...get your mind out of the gutter:)

      December 12, 2011 at 4:29 am |
    • Mirosal

      and hello m'lady. He'll win the election in a landslide because the re-puke-i-cans are way too split in their field. There is no cohesion within their own party. Someone posted that the salamander.. I mean Newt is just the flavor of the week. I tend to agree. Wait until Donald Trump makes his entrance lol

      December 12, 2011 at 4:30 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Steve: no gutter involved-unless you're not planning on working this morning 🙂 The reality is that it is far too early to be up but you're worth getting up for. 🙂

      Mirosal: Good morning our dear friend...shhhhhh, don't mention Trump, you'll have all the christards jumping for joy. All they care about is having someone in there who will follow the buybull to the letter and make sure oppression returns once and for all to the country-they'll vote to ban gays/lesbians from the country or at least ensure they go to jail for the crime they are not committing; they'll do their best (says very little for them) to ensure women no longer vote and are stuck home barefoot and preggers; they'll have actual science removed from the schools and will insist creation theories be taught...they won't have the foresight enough to see that using their book of delusions is damaging to their country. They'll continue to blame all the bad on the non-believers and attempt to pass blasphemy laws. They'll set the country back 100 years-better locate their horse & buggy now and disconnect their power.
      This is where I'm thankful I don't reside within your country.

      December 12, 2011 at 4:45 am |
    • Mirosal

      Any apartments for rent up there in NB? lol

      December 12, 2011 at 4:51 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Mirosal: plenty of apt's 🙂 However the small town we're in also has a church on every other corner. We can see the top of the the church that Steve attended as a child from any point in town (why do they build them so tall? do they actually think they are closer to god by doing so? we heard about a church that recently burned...where was their god then? why do they put lightening rods on the churches if their god is supposed to protecting it?).

      December 12, 2011 at 5:12 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @CA: STFU for a pleasant change!!! Your ignorance about your countries closest neighbors is sad and just for you I will keep posting and posting until you realize that you have no control over what I do. If you have such an issue with us caring about what happens to your country (stuff that does affect us also) please feel free to take it up with the website hosts of CNN. With every hate filled post you make, I report it as abuse...we can only hope that CNN will eventually block you. It is quite apparent that your parents did a poor job in raising you...otherwise you would have morals.

      December 12, 2011 at 6:46 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What's with the "royal we", CA? For whom do you imagine you are speaking?

      What a goof-ball.

      December 12, 2011 at 6:52 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Good morning Tom-Tom and thank you. CA won't stop b/c it thinks it is winning when it really just sounds like a complete ignorant ass. It gets a little tiring.
      Hope you're doing well and enjoying this wonderful month...all the best for the holidays!

      December 12, 2011 at 6:58 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @CA: once again, every post you make is reported as abuse. I think you need to educate yourself on the importance of our country to yours and stop acting like a little child who was hurt by a friend. I would never dream of treating my fellow man in the manner you treat us. You're not winning...we're still here and we will continue to be regardless of your hate filled comments. Btw: North America includes Canada but you are not expected to know that considering you think the USA is the only country that matters...sadly delusional is what you are. Now be a good troll and go and ready ready for school...I'm sure your grade 6 teacher won't be happy if you're late!

      December 12, 2011 at 7:06 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      CA, when you turn 15, alert the media.

      December 12, 2011 at 7:17 am |
    • captain america

      When you get the operation the become a real woman and learn to quit stealing blog names let the rest of canada know. We don't give a sh it what you do as long as you keep it up there.Tom, Tom

      December 12, 2011 at 7:43 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Up where? Above your head? Anywhere would pretty much qualify, then.

      You're so easy.

      December 12, 2011 at 9:32 am |
    • HeavenSent

      captain america, you posted "... all you canadians and the horse you rode in on."

      Answer: I do hope you are only referring to the non-believing Canadians. If so, I do believe they ride the moose.


      December 12, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
    • captain america

      Just cause you are easy when you cross dress as a canadian woman don't think it applies to Americans . We got no use for you, tom tom.

      December 12, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You thought I cared, Private Ass Wipe?

      December 12, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • captain america

      ... all you canadians, mounties included and the horse you rode in on.

      December 12, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "We got no use for you." The fact that you respond to my every posts is evidence to the contrary, sweetcheeks. Pucker up, honey.

      December 12, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
    • captain america

      Doing good, spreading the American way, requires exposing canadians for what they really are. It is a dirty job but someone has to do it. Hows that name theft thingy working out for ya tom tom?

      December 12, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      captain ass wipe: doing good, spreading his cheeks for all the guys.

      December 12, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  20. Mirosal

    You never really heard much about Obama even going to church while in office until that little salamander.. I mean Newt, was being courted by the 'evangelicals'. Now Obama is out and about saying "Looky here I'm a Christian too." I think it was all for show.

    December 12, 2011 at 3:25 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      Of course it's all for show. Obama has to look like he is one of them(Christian right) and is on higher moral ground due to strong family values.
      But this line in the article just kills me. "Leon went on to discuss how John the Baptist’s heralding did not first go as expected but that it was a good thing because it taught people to accept reality."
      Reality??? So i guess delusion is how we should view the world. How can these people say this garbage with a straight face?

      December 12, 2011 at 4:19 am |
    • Mirosal

      And good morning to you Mr. Steve, and to your better half!! If we are to view the world with delusion, then billions of people have better than 20/20 vision!! Obama is just playing the game like any other politico. He was a better pick than McCain 3 years ago, but I'm still not impressed.

      December 12, 2011 at 4:27 am |
    • AtheistSteve

      Obama wasted his first 2 years when he had the power to act definitively. After the mid terms he has been stonewalled at every turn. He tried to play fair and the Republicans wont have any of it...before, now or in the future. Only if he can again have a majority will he have a chance rise above the partisan fog and fix things.

      December 12, 2011 at 4:36 am |
    • Mirosal

      You might have a valid point there. I think a LOT of people are sick and tired of the Republican ranting and raving. I also think that people are starting to see that Obama's legislative ideas are being blocked simply due to party lines. Nothing more nothing less. Juat an "in your face" way for them to say "just because". No rhyme or reason. The exact same way a thumper will tell you to believe "just because".

      December 12, 2011 at 4:48 am |
    • RuleOfLawOrAnarchy

      I am still waiting for President Obama to do the difficult but correct thing: -to put an end to corruption in Congress and in every level of government. Especially in law enforcement. We don't need thugs enforcing our laws. We need professionals who know how to act ethically. That goes for everybody, including the President. We still have a religious lobbying office in the White House put there some time ago in direct violation of the C o n s t i t u t i o n who everybody took an oath to defend and protect.

      December 12, 2011 at 8:10 am |
    • HeavenSent

      AtheistSteve, you're ranting again while you posted "Of course it's all for show. Obama has to look like he is one of them(Christian right) and is on higher moral ground due to strong family values.
      But this line in the article just kills me. "Leon went on to discuss how John the Baptist’s heralding did not first go as expected but that it was a good thing because it taught people to accept reality."
      Reality??? So i guess delusion is how we should view the world. How can these people say this garbage with a straight face?"

      Answer: Reflect back and remember when the President was running for office and the press ripped his preacher apart. I suppose this didn't happen either in the non-believer's life? Anyway, the first family knows that it's a life time to learn, comprehend and abide in Jesus' truth. I'm sure you'll remind us again why you prefer to stay spiritually dead.


      December 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Sinless

      Repent of your foolishness, HeavenSent and become sinless and moral by eschewing your immoral Bible!
      It has only pulled you down into the darkness of human ignorance!
      You were born sinless and were given sin by being given religious indoctrination!
      Beware! For you have wasted your life and dragged the burden of baseless guilt with you for no good reason!

      December 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • AtheistSteve


      Well first of all this Leon guy isn't the same preacher as the one Obama took counsel from before he was elected. Thus I fail to see the relevance of your comment. Preachers of all flavors and religions deserve to have their views ripped apart. They are nothing more than con men spreading lies. Just as you do every time you post. As for being spiritually dead, I have no idea what that means. Spirituality is just another one of those buzz words of ignorance. Spirits don't exist. Neither does God, Satan, sin or anything else in your completely man-made theistic concept of the world. It's all a big BoogeyMan story to instill fear into the minds of gullible fools. Even Jesus if he existed at all was little more than an ancient version of Pat Robertson and thus a charlatan and a liar. There is no "truth" to the words attributed to him. Quite the opposite in fact. The easiest of proofs of what I say is this: Christians say that God sacrificed his one and only son to pay for the sins of mankind. Yet every Christian I know says that Jesus still lives. So what exactly did God sacrifice? He certainly did not lose his son. Jesus is at Gods side as we speak if what you say is true. God lost nothing. Jesus had a bad weekend...big deal. People throughout history have suffered far worse and still do. But I am wasting my time explaining any of this to you. Your indoctrination is complete and you will continue to dedicate your life to the pursuit of a fiction despite all evidence to the contrary. You value nothing in this life that doesn't fulfill your desire escape death and become immortal...just like a god. Your arrogance has no limits. I pity your wasted experience of the one and only life that you will ever have. How sad that you placed so much of your trust in the belief that an afterlife awaits. You poor deluded fool. And if I'm wrong(which is extremely unlikely) then at least I'll be comforted to know I'll be surrounded by like minded people and forever separated from sanctimonious, pompous, self-righteous, bigoted idiots like you. I'll give your God a dual middle finger for being such a total a.sshole. The Heaven you so fervently wish to end up in is apparently completely populated by ignoram.uses and thus is the picture of Hell to me. You can have it.(Of course it's still all in your imagination)

      Enjoy your oblivion. Too bad you won't be aware of anything when you die. I'd love to see the shocked expression of your face when you realized your entire life was for naught.

      December 12, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Sinless, you posted this BABBLE "Repent of your foolishness, HeavenSent and become sinless and moral by eschewing your immoral Bible! It has only pulled you down into the darkness of human ignorance!
      You were born sinless and were given sin by being given religious indoctrination!
      Beware! For you have wasted your life and dragged the burden of baseless guilt with you for no good reason!"

      Answer: Sinless, you are clueless to His truth. Time to open the Bible and read, comprehend, and apply His spiritual truth to your life or you forever will be a walking, talking, spiritually dead zombie as you post exposes.

      P.S. I have no guilt because I live a righteous life utilizing the wisdom He teaches. You however, can stay your miserable self if you don't care to come into His light. Free will and you aren't batting a 1000.


      December 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
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