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My Take: No pressure, Mr. President
Author Eric Metaxas speaks alongside President Barack Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington in February.
December 10th, 2012
05:00 AM ET

My Take: No pressure, Mr. President

Editor's Note: Eric Metaxas is the author of "No Pressure, Mr. President! The Power Of True Belief In A Time Of Crisis: The National Prayer Breakfast Speech."

By Eric Metaxas, Special to CNN

(CNN)–Imagine that the president of the United States had to sit and listen to you for 30 minutes in a public setting. Imagine that he couldn't escape and had to endure whatever you said. If you disagreed with him politically, would you try to embarrass him? What would you say?

Well, this actually happened to me. A year ago I was invited to be the keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, an event attended by the president, first lady, vice president, and 3,500 other dignitaries. No one was more shocked at the invitation than I. Previous speakers include Mother Teresa, Tony Blair and Bono. No pressure.

By the way, I disagree with the president in some important ways. But as a Christian, God commands me to love those with whom I disagree, to treat them with civility and respect, as creatures made in God's image. That's a command, not a request or a suggestion. Again, no pressure.

In my speech I spoke about my heroes, William Wilberforce and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Wilberforce's faith led him to fight for the Africans being enslaved by the British; Bonhoeffer's faith led him to fight for the Jews being persecuted by the Nazis. I used them as examples of people who passionately lived out their faith by standing up for their fellow human beings when most around them merely gave it lip service.

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I also joked around a lot, because as any of my friends will tell you, one of the ways I show love is by joking and teasing people.  Who said prayer breakfasts had to be boring?  At one point I said that George W. Bush had read my Bonhoeffer book, and then I glanced at President Obama and said "No pressure."  I'm glad he laughed!

Later in my speech, I talked specifically about the idea of loving our enemies. I said this was the test of real faith. Speaking to my fellow pro-lifers, I said that those of us who believe the unborn to be human beings must love those on the other side of that issue. I also said that those of us with a traditionally biblical view of sexuality are sometimes demonized as bigots, but we must love even those who call us bigots. I cited Wilberforce and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as two men who took seriously God's command to love their enemies in the midst of the most serious political battles of their day.  They honored God in how they fought, and he honored them.

At the end of the breakfast the president told me he would read my book on Bonhoeffer, and Vice President Biden took my picture with the president. No kidding. It was an extraordinary day and I'm not telling the half of it.

President Barack Obama holds up a book given to him by author Eric Metaxas

But the reason I'm writing now is that during the past election I was disappointed to see the president's campaign utterly abandoning these ideals of treating your opponents as you yourself would wish to be treated. Good people with principled and profound convictions about when life begins were cynically demonized as "enemies of women."  Americans who had worked hard to build businesses, and who had given millions to charity and to the government, were denounced as fat-cats who weren't "paying their fair share" and whose wealth was ill-gotten gain.

These scorched-earth tactics were not presidential, much less Christian, and because the president openly professes a Christian faith, I feel I must speak about this.

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Of course many will dismiss campaign hardball rhetoric as "what works." This is to miss the point. What we say matters deeply, and how we say it matters deeply.  All of it has serious long-term consequences.  For all of us.

For one thing, our children are watching and listening. We tell them it's less important who wins or loses than how we play the game. Is there no truth to this at all? Do we not see that this behavior erodes faith in the very political process and in democracy itself? Do we not see that by doing this we encourage our opponents to do the same - and worse - the next time around?  Shouldn't we care about that?

Any victory won in an ugly way is somehow a tainted victory. In this case, the president has "won" a deeply divided nation, one that he - alas - has had a hand in dividing. Now what?

If he is to succeed in the tremendous challenges that lay ahead, he must repent of these tactics and must make amends with his opponents, if it's not too late.  Or else he will face gridlock and more gridlock.  He also must show the door to those who cynically encouraged this "winning is the only thing" behavior.

His legacy and America's future depend upon it. Many will be praying for him.

No pressure.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Eric Metaxas.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Barack Obama • Belief • Christianity • Church and state • Politics

soundoff (2,208 Responses)
  1. LinCA

    Eric Metaxas said, "His legacy and America's future depend upon it."
    His legacy will be that in spite of nothing but obstructionism and treasonous opposition from the anti-American republicans in Congress, he managed to pull the US out of the deepest recession since the great depression. His legacy will be that despite a GOP that would like nothing better than to keep the general public poor, uneducated and chained to fundamental christianity, he managed to lay the ground work for health care for all. His legacy will be that, even with the FOX News propaganda machine, millions of dollars from Super-PACs and criminal CEOs threatening their employees, he won a second term. Resoundingly.

    The future of America depends on educating the dimwits that keep electing republicans and getting them to stop voting against their own best interests. Reigning in the power of religions on elections and getting that nonsense out of the public sphere would be a good start.

    December 10, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
    • Akira

      BRAVO!!!

      December 10, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • lol??

      Future equals a lot of debt payin'. Done deal. Big deal and fair deal. One little problem. The House always wins.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • leadercraft

      Geesh, another rant.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And that is the best you can do as a come-back? Give up and leave, already.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
    • mama k

      lol?? "The House always wins." What you fail to realize is that the "House" is changing. Also, when momentum gets moving on issues that may be constitutionally justified, the courts can speed things up. Let's see how funny you sound when DOMA is slapped down like belligerent step-child.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  2. lol??

    C'mon on people. You had a clear choice. Both dudes were and are experts at takin' other people's stuff. They won.

    December 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
  3. bman

    Umm let's see you pontificated a lot of meaningless nonsense about what you care about and how nice and forgiving you pretend to be. That act allows you to then act all outraged when members of your own cabal insert foot in mouth and spout nonsense at best and hateful at worst against human beings many of which happen to be female. I'm not following too well down this windy and twisted primrose path.... What's wrong with this picture?

    December 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • lol??

      Hateful is bad?

      December 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • leadercraft

      bman – I hate to say it but your reasoning is what won Obama the election and what is destroying our country.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
  4. james

    I am at a loss for words Obama–You are such a DA I am speechless–

    December 10, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • sam

      DA in your special language means...?

      December 10, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Duck's As s? District Attorney?

      Who cares? This entire article and the comments on it are nothing more than sour gr apes on the part of the losers.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • sam

      Yeah...fun to poke at, though.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
  5. craig

    Your commentary is not without a foundation, albeit perhaps a bit naive. There is theory...and there is reality. However, setting that aside...which I'm doing only to make a different point, you seem to place no concerns about the continually outright LIES that were spoken by others in the same campaign, repeated over and over even after they had been demonstrated to be falsehoods...not just a little truth bending but absolute lies. You also seem to ignore a statement, rather famous by now, that another candidate spoke of 47% of the people that he didn't care about at all. Is that somehow not an affront to your value system? Having visited Zionskirche, where one of your heroes served as a pastor, having followed his footsteps around Germany, having visited the site of the seminary he founded, and having visited Flossburg where he was hung, I somehow doubt that in all my reading and study I found that Dietrich Bonhoeffer would have found writing off 37% of the population was somehow acceptable.

    In short, the President may not be a saint, nor has he ever claimed to be. He has, however, claimed that he does the best that he can do and wishes he could do more and be better. You seem to have overlooked that, just as you overlooked other candidates who never even tried to do the best for the people, and openly acknowledged that. Fair's fair. Either condemn them all or none. Otherwise, you're doing the same thing...just using religion to play politics!

    December 10, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Bravo!

      December 10, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • sam

      Agreed. Playing politics...and drumming up controversy to sell his book.

      What a pillar of the community.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
  6. OrganicManLives_N_anOraganicUNiverSE

    Eric Metaxas.
    as a esoteric christian I wholeheartedly disagree with you sir ... also, under no duress from god, who gives me free will ...I love and I forgive you. Ta Eso'

    December 10, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
    • Athy

      Huh?

      December 10, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
  7. YeahRight

    That's a lot of very subtle talk of how your enemies would share the President's views with him. Enemies?

    And then you lecture him on how a good Christian would take the high road, as if your views of the Almighty are more accurate? Tortured reasoning, at best.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • Religion is the cause of and non-solution to all problems

      Liberals do that in politics every day.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • lol??

      Speakin' of torchin', Lindsay LoHan has been invited to the WH to sing happy birthday to Mr. prez when they torch the tree.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And Repubs don't? What universe are you living in?

      December 10, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
  8. justme221

    President Obama's campaign was certainly the less vile of the two. Simply because he did not agree with the author's positions does not provide a reason to take this tone of superior morality! Pointing out the obvious to business owners that they need customers in order to actually have a business not hardly a "scorched earth" tactic. Without customers or workers there simply is no business at all. It is a shared relationship without one there is no other. Radicalizing these statements by adding your own opinions and interpretations of the words is in itself purposely misleading and incendiary. The author is no better than what he claims the Democratic party, and more specifically per his claim, the President did. The GOP ran the more slanderous and morally corrupt campaign which is yet another reason why it failed. Stop trying to cloak your personal opinions in moral indignation, not everyone, not even the majority share the views of this author or the GOP the election is over – let it go!

    December 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • lol??

      Your viles bigger than my viles. nananana

      December 10, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • Sara

      How was Obama's campaign less vile? His campaign alluded to Romney potentially committing a felony, as well as possibly having a hand in a woman's death, and you consider that the "less vile" of the two campaigns?!?! Wow. You must be seeing something I'm not.

      December 10, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
  9. Justin

    Lets agree to end political prayer breakfasts, yeah?

    December 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
    • SAm Yaza

      Agree and morning prayers in the house and Senate

      December 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • lol??

      Get rid of the clowns at Micky D's, too. Probably Gacy's pals.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • sam

      @lol??

      Come on now, that's hardly fair. NO ONE likes clowns to begin with.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • Saraswati

      I think it will be hard to dump it unless there's a crisis that prevents it one year. Most likely it will get renamed to something more innocuous like Reflection Breakfast or ... I don't know, something else, possibly more uplifting. Hope Breakfast?

      December 10, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
  10. amy

    What a real Christian should be doing...
    Deuteronomy 13:6-10
    New International Version (NIV)
    6 If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, 7 gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), 8 do not yield to them or listen to them. Show them no pity. Do not spare them or shield them. 9 You must certainly put them to death. Your hand must be the first in putting them to death, and then the hands of all the people. 10 Stone them to death, because they tried to turn you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

    I don't want to be included with that lot.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
    • leadercraft

      Come on, Amy. That's just stupid, but it is illustrative of biblical illiteracy.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • lol??

      Don't WATCH. You know what happened to Lot's wife.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • sam

      Fundie translation: "That means some other thing than what it plainly says. You're reading the bible wrong, you don't have special knowledge like me."

      December 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • SAm Yaza

      yeah that Lot's wife left a salty taste in my mouth,...

      December 10, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
    • Nate

      You cited some ancient Hebrew law, nothing to do with Christians.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • Lee

      That is Old Testament given to Moses, Christians follow Jesus in the New Testament who changed things somewhat.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • sam

      Oh that's right~! The old testament doesn't apply anymore EXCEPT WHEREVER IT'S CONVENIENT

      December 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • Nate

      It's pathetic that this needs to be explained to anybody but that is a time specific passage, not a binding command for all people thereafter to follow.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
    • Nate

      Fundamentalist Christians who think ancient Hebrew laws apply to them are the minority, despite how you want to twist things Sam.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
    • sam

      Twist things, Nate? Really? Gay marriage would already be legal if I was twisitng things. The moral majority keeps yelling about those pesky gays because of supposed biblical morality. Plus, Jesus is very clear in the NT about the old laws still applying. Nice try, though.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
    • gblog

      amy , that was the old testament. why did jesus rebuke peter for cutting of the soldiers ear then heal it ? the old
      testament was guided by law. the new testament is open to all who will believe and accept gods grace. while
      we should not go past our limits on praying for someone or helping them so as to be tempted ourselves, christ
      reaches out to sinners. no one preached the gospel in the old testament such as the new testament. people
      knew god because of the descendants of abraham and his miracles on behalf of his chosen people. now everyone
      can believe on christ.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • sam

      "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest part or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place." (Matthew 5:17 NAB)

      December 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • Luuuucy

      Sad to have to quote more bible at the believers

      December 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • lol??

      Luuuucy, your tears are for naught. Don't be sad, be happy....... "1Cr 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned."

      December 10, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • gblog

      Listen, children, to a story
      That was written long ago
      'Bout a kingdom on a mountain
      And the valley folk below
      On the mountain was a treasure
      Buried deep beneath a stone
      And the valley people swore
      They'd have it for their very own

      Go ahead and hate your neighbor
      Go ahead and cheat a friend
      Do it in the name of Heaven
      You can justify it in the end
      There won't be any trumpets blowing
      Come the judgment day
      On the bloody morning after who...
      One tin soldier rides away

      So, the people of the valley
      Sent a message up the hill
      Asking for the buried treasure,
      Tons of gold for which they'd kill
      Came an answer from the kingdom,
      "With our brothers, we will share
      All the secrets of our mountain,
      All the riches buried there"

      Now, the valley cried with anger,
      "Mount your horses, draw your sword!"
      And they killed the mountain people
      So, they won their just reward
      Now, they stood beside the treasure
      On the mountain dark and red
      Turn the stone and looks beneath it...
      "Peace on Earth" was all it said

      Go ahead and hate your neighbor
      Go ahead and cheat a friend
      Do it in the name of Heaven
      You can justify it in the end
      There won't be any trumpets blowing
      Come the judgment day
      On the bloody morning after who...
      One tin soldier rides away

      Go ahead and hate your neighbor
      Go ahead and cheat a friend
      Do it in the name of Heaven
      You can justify it in the end
      There won't be any trumpets blowing
      Come the judgment day
      On the bloody morning after who...
      One tin soldier rides away

      December 11, 2012 at 7:59 am |
  11. Apple Bush

    "For one thing, our children are watching and listening."

    Well then Mr. Eric Metaxas, why don't you quit lying to children about God and praying? Child abuser.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yeah. Children are watching you Repubs undercut public education at every turn.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
  12. Steve

    "But as a Christian, God commands me to love those with whom I disagree, to treat them with civility and respect, as creatures made in God's image. That's a command, not a request or a suggestion. Again, no pressure."

    Too bad the author apparently wouldn't do these things on his own, unless "commanded"!

    December 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
    • leadercraft

      He's applying said verse to Obama's out of synch behavior as a professed Christian.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yeah, really impressive. Because the Republicans are so consistent in their 'Christian' behavior.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
    • leadercraft

      The Piper's son refuses to think.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, I just don't have the same definition of "think" as you do. Yours is "cave."

      December 10, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • sam

      Yeah, losercraft, it's so much better your way, all kneejerk 'belief'.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And really, doofus, who cares? You lost. Get a clue. Your way doesn't work.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • leadercraft

      Is Obama the Pied Piper?

      December 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What leader doesn't seem to get is this: god isn't in charge here.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      If he were, would you be jealous?

      December 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
    • leadercraft

      I'm just urging you chaps to actually respond to the article and not fly off on some MSNBC talking point.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • sam

      No one needs your guidance, wingnut.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What makes you think "we chaps" care what you think?

      December 10, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • SAm Yaza

      of course he does because what he thinks his god thinks and his god is a narcissist

      December 10, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
    • leadercraft

      ah, I see, this isn't dialogue with a purpose this is a forum for contrariness no matter how good the point. Have a good waste of time, O' Clownish Eunichs.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So you're surrendering, then? Thanks, and good riddance to you.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Akira

      Leadercraft, you're going to speaking about MSNBC 'talking points' when you just wrote, "Liberal lemmings on the prowl."?
      A Fox shill if I ever saw one.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • leadercraft

      What has influenced you the most for you to adopt buffoonery as a lifestyle?

      December 10, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Ass holes like you.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • sam

      Calling people 'stupid', and 'liberal lemmings', then complaining when you get some back? Run while you're getting your ass handed to you, bitch.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Really, duffs, what choice is there when responding to a buffoon like you but to resort to buffoonery in return?

      December 10, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • leadercraft

      Sammy – calm down. I'm just asserting that you have need of the Savior, Jesus Christ.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
    • sam

      LOL

      You're a horrible recruiter. Jesus should recall you.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
  13. leadercraft

    Liberal lemmings on the prowl. Just read the article. It could've been written if Metaxas were a Democrat.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • sam

      You mean couldn't. It takes a nutty narrowminded fundie to write tripe like this.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
    • leadercraft

      Yeah, most Yale grads are narrow minded fundies.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
    • sam

      Oh gosh, that's all he is? Let's trot out his schooling, that's the big qualifier?

      Are you being deliberately obtuse, or just trolling?

      December 10, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • leadercraft

      you called him narrow minded. take deep breath, Sam. you'll be ok.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I don't think sam's the one whose brain lacks sufficient oxygen, lame lead.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • Akira

      The POTUS is a Harvard grad, you know....

      December 10, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Uh oh. Now you've done it. Nothing like telling a Yalie that Harvard is better. Even if it's true.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • sam

      Hmm, so his education makes him incapable of being narrow minded...you did actually read the article, right?

      December 10, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • leadercraft

      Sam hath no need of reason. He is on a roll. He is witty and headed straight to hell.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, do tell. And you know who is headed to hell because you're, what? An authority? Have experience? Know someone who's been there and come back to tell the tale?

      December 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • sam

      Sweetie, does your mommy know you're on the computer this late on a school night?

      December 10, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • Akira

      Leadercraft, you've not made one scintilla of sense yet.
      I can see why you're Republican.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
    • leadercraft

      I voted for Obama. I'm just trying to get you guys to read the article.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
    • sam

      Kind of hard to believe a thing you type. Damn near everyone who's read the article (myself included) have found it distinctly lacking. You can disagree, that's fine, but you're not going to change any minds, and you started the name calling, punkin'.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:18 pm |
    • leadercraft

      Fundie? Wingnut? You're not on the high road, Sam? Name calling?

      December 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Why? Did you write it?

      December 10, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
    • sam

      Uh...I said you started it, so you deserve whatever you get, not that I'm better. Keep overdramatizing stuff, though, it's fun. Seems like your reading comprehension is lacking, which is why you keep trying to get us to read the article. Unless of course you're the author. In which case: you're a damn idiot.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • leadercraft

      Open your eyes.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:35 pm |
    • sam

      Here, let me bring this down to your level:

      POOPIES

      December 10, 2012 at 9:40 pm |
    • leadercraft

      child

      December 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
    • sam

      afterbirth

      December 10, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
  14. Salad Spinner

    Eric Metaxas: you and millions of others have been bamboozled for thousands of years by a business that wants your money and everyone elses! That business is christianity. The bible is nothing more than a book of fables written by those businessmen thousands of years ago. The biggest ongoing swindle ever.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Salad Spinner,

      “The world is awash in many unbalanced and emotionally insecure creeds; therefore keeping a handle upon them is yes the Christian thing to do. Our world is nowadays in dire needs to tie up the many and if religion is a way then, so be it! Imagine if you will a world without religion. Just exactly how could we have come along till now if not for religious degradations laments? Why throw religion out the window just because one sees only barely passed one's own nose? In my repenting way, I do so see the national needs for religions for they are people's emotional helper to get them thru their days of ill wills nurturing inside them. My Christian belief for remaining a 'closet Christian' is right for me but for the many who cannot single mindedly see their way thru, I guess church is their only means to find a days’ worth of emotion-based freedoms thru the church.”

      December 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      lionlylamb Translation: Live and let live.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
  15. PhillyGuy

    Repent & make amends with his opponents? You mean the same opponents that let people call him a Kenyan, and never dismissed the birther claims? You mean the same opponents that absolutely filibustered EVERY bill that had Pres Obama's name attached to it to help create more jobs faster for the american people?

    The same people that have been calling him the food stamp president? The same people that agreed that their number 1 priority was to make Pres Obama a 1 term president? The same people that having been saying that he aids and supports terrorists? The same people that have shown pictures of President Obama with an african tribal bone through his nose with african tribal garb morphed into his photo? The same people that showed up to the White House lawn, 1st time in history, with loaded firearms by their side to protest their right to bear arms?

    You want Pres Obama to compromise to those people that have defamed his name for no valid or legitimate reason whatsoever, but Obama is the one that needs to repent?

    Sir, you truly have no clue what Christianity is about to even be that biased and myopic in your faith and social views.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • monique

      I love you, PhillyGuy. Nothing like the truth.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
    • David Kovar

      PhillyGuy,
      I'm not going to respond to every one of your points, but the Birther movement was started in the Hillary Clinton campaign and was disavowed by almost all prominent republicans (Donald Trump has never been considered as a prominent republican). In the first two years of his pesidency, Pesident Obama had a veto proof majority in the Senate, and in the second two years, the primary reason that the Senate hasn't done any work was that the Majority Leader refused to schedule debate on any of the bills passed by the House. As for Second Amendment supporters showing up on the White House lawn with loaded firearms, could you direct me to some press reports of that incident? I have some first hand experience of being in Washington, DC with a firearm (for a sporting event), and am surprised that anyone could get that close to the center of government openly armed.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • leadercraft

      What if "food stamp" Prez is accurate? But calling pro-life people EVIL is a new low. Wake up.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
  16. lol??

    Gridlock is a great tactic for beating out the Masters in a rout. Now all Hail to The Chief PUblic Servant.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
  17. Right

    This has got to be one of the stupidest articles I've ever read. This guy is upset that Obama won and is trying to weaken the force they're up against (Democrats). Really the Democrats use scorched earth tactics? Not the Republicans? The ones that for years have been trying to de legitimize this President by saying he wasn't born in the US, or that he is a closet Muslim thats part of some conspiracy to bring Sharia law to the US, or that he hates America, etc etc. And that's just with Obama. Any issue the Republicans fight about they use lies, decrepit, and drama.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • Right

      "decrepit" is actually deciept

      December 10, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No. It's 'deceit.'

      December 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  18. was blind, but now I see

    Take a good hard look at the face of the dude holding up the book, and ask yourself if that is the person whom you feel comfortable having as the most powerful person on the planet.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Did. Is.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You? Not so much.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • Right

      So how the persons face looks is how you base youre vote and decision if someone is qualified to be President of the US? You're just as dumb as Paris Hilton. Like is totally!!!

      December 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
    • Akira

      Take a good hard look in the mirror, since you can supposedly see now, and explain that remark.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      Very comfortable.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What Ken said.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • sam

      Is the darkie too scary for you, honey?

      December 10, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • Alex

      I took a very long look and I couldn't find anything that would disqualify him to be my commander in chief!

      December 10, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • SAm Yaza

      you mean bedsides violating the Tenth Amendment

      December 10, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • sam

      By all means, Yaza, tell us how.

      December 10, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  19. DCC

    Fair enough, but the author does not comment on the other party...by his standards, Romney's rhetoric and political positions were hardly any more "Christian."

    December 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
    • monique

      Not to mention the frank lies told ( jeep is moving your jobs to China) by the Romney campaign.

      December 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
  20. Aezel

    This article is asinine anyway, it's like trying to figure out if the president offended the tooth fairy.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No kidding. Who gives a ripe fvck if the Repubs are offended? They lost for a reason. If they want to keep losing, they'll keep doing what they did. If they don't, they'll figure out they need to compromise.

      Talk about Darwin in action!

      December 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm |
    • SAm Yaza

      the president did offended she a money hungry whore and a 1% she thinks she should pay no taxes

      again the tooth fairy is an odd duck among the communist fairies

      December 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
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