Saturday, August 22, 2009

Obama & God, LLC

Writes Katharine Gilbert on

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 20 … A sudden shift towards religiously-charged rhetoric in President Obama's stumping for health care reform continued yesterday in a telephone conference, in which the president said that "we are God's partners in matters of life and death."

Obama told the virtual gathering of Jewish rabbis - as many as 1000, according to the Washington Jewish Week news service - that he was "going to need your help in accomplishing necessary reform." … Rabbi Jack Moline posted some of the president's statements in a series of live tweets, which went viral on the Internet before Moline deleted almost all the posts hours later.
The tweets are indeed gone, and in their place is this apology: ‘My lack of tech literacy results in a huge mistake -- apologies to all for my tweets this afternoon. They have been deleted.’ Evidently someone got on the phone to Rabbi Moline, to judge by Josh Yuter’s blog about the telelecture. (It wasn’t a conference: only two pre-screened questions were allowed.)

I can see why the White House might be edgy. According to blogger Ben Smith, ‘God’s partners’ comes from the Rosh Hashanah prayer that goes on to say that, in the holiday period, it is decided ‘who shall live and who shall die’—a rather painful reminder of the quasi-governmental death panels that conservatives and independents have been worrying about. In the wake of Fannie Mae and Cash for Clunkers, who wants a Washington agency deciding our fitness to live? Blue skies! – Dan Ford


At 5:35 AM, Blogger Dan Ford said...

The inestimable Peggy Noonan writes today that it's time for the president to pull the plug on ObamaCare. Indeed, she says that not because she's against it, but because it's doomed, and because Mr Obama needs to salvage the public's respect ... and we need that too. This is, she suggests, a moment like Jack Kennedy's after the Bay of Pigs. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford


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