It is a comparison of President Obama’s recent Christmas message with his Ramadan message of 2009. Misfits’ video makes a profound impression. It highlights the way President Obama uses even nonpolitical messages for political purposes, by injecting his “I’m ending the war!” bit into both. Moreover, a difference between the videos in Obama’s tone and substance is unmistakable.
Should anyone wonder whether clever editing is to blame, the Misfits provide a link to each original message. Sure enough, a full viewing leaves one with the impression that the President takes Ramadan more seriously than Christmas.
So, does he?
This question led me on a morning-long quest for the bigger picture.
Here’s what I can tell you. The bigger picture is much less impressive than the one-two punch in a single video. After reading a little on the history of presidential Christmas messages, comparing previous presidents on YouTube, officially released White House holiday statements, and Obama’s various holiday messages, I have come to two conclusions.
First, protracted viewing of presidential holiday messaging makes me want to nap. Second, questioning the President’s religious beliefs is not a good idea.
I understand the religion angle: if a man is willing to be deceptive on an issue so personal, so important, and so personally important as his religious beliefs, than literally not a single word he utters can be trusted. It would mean a complete loss of credibility.
But, there is a problem.
Who can see in a man’s heart, and know his innermost thoughts, feelings, and beliefs? Not you or I. Sure, we can get some glimpses (always subject to interpretation, of course), like when the President expertly rattles off details about Islamic practice.
What are we to think, then, when President Obama expertly rattles off details about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur? Does that mean he is secretly Jewish? Well, that video is merely half the length of the Ramadan video, so perhaps not. Should, then, we be concerned about the President’s reference to the spirit of Umoja?
How about the fact that in this latest (and patently goofy) Christmas video, the President referred to the birth of Jesus as a story? Perhaps this is a damaging little subconscious admission.
Ah, but I noticed something in this lovely 1981 Christmas message from President Reagan. He referred to the birth of Jesus as a “story” at :46.
President Bush has some interesting quotes too. In this Ramadan statement, he rather glibly pronounces Islam to be a peaceful religion, and he uses the Islamic term “mubarak” as though he, too, is an expert.
Please, don’t take this the wrong way. I’m still fond of Misfit Politics, and their video quite fairly leaves the viewer to judge for himself. My point is, we have better fish to fry. Lower hanging fruit hangs all over this tree. (Can you tell by my analogies that I’m getting hungry?)
Many other examples of Obama hypocrisy are both easy to prove and ultimately more damaging, for they do not require us to disprove what Obama claims to hold in his heart. First, how about the way Obama condemned Bush’s use of signing statements in 2008, and then felt free to use signing statements himself as a way to avoid new laws?
Or the way he claimed that Obamacare was going to lower healthcare costs? Or his promise to close down Guantanamo Bay? How about all the cronyism? Or the chart showing what the Recovery Act was supposed to accomplish, versus the reality?
Please, do add to this list. I know there are more examples, but the hour is past my lunch time, and I’m starting to draw a blank.
Supposedly, 1 in 5 of us think that our President is really Muslim. I think we should avoid such unprovable theories like the plague.