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Obama: pray for civility

posted by jmcgee

That was one of his messages at this morning’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington:

ALeqM5gkEerPj7T4UsU-FQpGHflxV1W2wA.jpegPresident Obama bemoaned the “erosion of civility” in the nation’s political debate Thursday, telling an audience at the National Prayer Breakfast that there is a growing sense that “something is broken” in Washington.

“Those of us in Washington are not serving the people as well as we should,” Obama said. “At times, it seems like we’re unable to listen to one another, to have at once a serious and civil debate.”

Obama contrasted the sense of duty and service summoned in response to disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti with the seeming inability of the nation’s policymakers to answer “the slow-moving tragedies of children without food and men without shelter and families without health care.”

The president criticized a political culture where disagreement on policy quickly morphs into questioning one another’s motives. Obama, a Christian who was born in Hawaii, alluded to the undercurrent of allegations that he is actually a Muslim who was born outside the United States, saying, “I am the first to confess that I am not always right. . . . But surely, you can question my policies without questioning my faith, or, for that matter, my citizenship.”

There’s more about his speech at the link.



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Dana MacKenzie

posted February 4, 2010 at 1:48 pm


Well ladidah, the president wants us to be civil. After spending the last year treating the oppositions like cretins, accusing them of offering “no plans” on healthcare and locking them out of the writing of the “stimulus” and healthcare bills (and (per the WaPo) talking about the Republicans using the same language and imagery as he has used for terrorists) now he wants to lecture the world on civility.
Read the quotes here: http://hotair.com/archives/2010/02/03/quotes-of-the-day-262/
Still protecting the backroom deals: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0210/32499.html
I’m already so tired of this guy.



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Your Name

posted February 4, 2010 at 4:13 pm


Mr. President, you are a huge part of this problem. As a reference, please re-read your last SOTU address for all the partisan remarks and Bush bashing you’ve made. What about the lies? Let me give you just one of many examples– you stated in the SOTU you were going to double exports. Sorry, but with China being the biggest importer, and recently announcing they are cutting way back, I don’t see how that’ll be possible… and their announcement was before your speech so you DID have time to correct it.
Washington has always been broken since FDR and Wilson– they took our constitution and wiped their backsides with it. Where does it say you have control of education, mortgages, banks, etc.? Exactly my point. The constitution continues to be used as toilet paper and I for one am ready for a MARKED, historical change in the way things work in this country.
See you at the coup d’état.
(as a hint of who I am, my gggggrandfather was the 52nd signer of the DOI, I’m sure he would not be happy with this government either)



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Emelie

posted February 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm


I’m sorry, but this President is not credible on this subject.
Anyone who observed the partisan tone of his recent SOTU address, for example, including the unprecedented way he directly attacked the Supreme Court, knows that this man in the White House does not practice what he preaches.
Last week, Gallup released a poll that showed that no first-year US President in modern history has been more polarizing than this one.
He has betrayed the public trust by violating one campaign promise after another — and he’s only been in office a year !!
Like most Americans, I first heard him in July 2004 with his outstanding speech at the Democratic National Convention and that famous line of his that we are not the “red states” of America nor the “blue states” of America but the “United States” of America. Those were — and remain — great words.
But that’s all they were: nothing but words. And that’s all this man is: nothing but words.



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john adams

posted February 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm


Incivility consists of personal attacks, rudeness, and aggressive behaviours that disrupt the project and lead to unproductive stress and conflict. Editors are human, capable of mistakes, so a few, minor incidents of incivility are not in themselves a major concern. A behavioral pattern of incivility is disruptive and unacceptable, and may result in blocks if it rises to the level of harassment or egregious personal attacks. A single act of incivility can also cross the line if it is severe enough: for instance, extreme verbal abuse or profanity directed at another contributor, or a threat against another person can all result in blocks without consideration of a pattern.
i would say over the past year obama has been incivil with most of his remarks with name calling fat cat banks police are stupid, big oil, evil wall street..and many more the king of incivility and yet he has the stones to get up at a prayer breakfast and sprew this garbage



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Deacon John M. Bresnahan

posted February 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm


President Obama should give his talk on “civility” to his own staff. How much more uncivil can you get than his top advisor
“Rambo” Emanuel using a phrase like “f–ing ret—?”
Of course, all that his foul mouth proved is that the pro-abortion crowd that sits atop this administration is typical of so many “pro-choicers” –it isn’t so much the non-existent right they are defending as it is their revolting hatred of anyone who is not perfect and intellectual-like their elitist selves.
Even more disgusting is going around the internet and seeing so many so-called “liberals” defending Emanuel’s comment. I wonder how their reaction would be if some “conservative” used a phrase like “f–ing N–”
Guaranteed the furor would be a media tsunami and the Big Mouth hater would be gone–fast and rightly so.
But vomit out hatred of some children and people and that’s OK in some “liberal” camps especially if, in their minds, they should have been aborted.



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cx

posted February 5, 2010 at 6:16 am


Sounds like that prayer has fallen on willingly deaf ears.



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hlvanburen

posted February 5, 2010 at 9:36 am


“I wonder how their reaction would be if some “conservative” used a phrase like “f–ing N–” ”
I’m not sure, Deacon. What was your reaction when Vice President Cheney made a similar statement.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3699-2004Jun24.html



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Fran Rossi Szpylczyn

posted February 5, 2010 at 10:48 am


Dick Cheney and Karl Rove both dropped F-bombs, so Rahm Emmanuel is in supposedly good company I guess. That depends on perspective.



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Loral Orow

posted February 5, 2010 at 10:51 am


To what has already been stated about the president’s lack of civility,let me add that President Obama publicly called grammy host Kanye West, a Jackass. That’s not civility.
He also seems ruffled that the people he supposedly serves question his religious belief & place of birth. WHAT? I’ve seen a book written by him, and a few You Tube videos in which he has called himself a Muslim.
He has sealed his personal records immediately upon election while only showing the American public a ‘made on the spot’ birth record from Hawaii. What are we? Too stupid or irrelevant to question these obvious questionable moves?
This president who was the first in America to have no Christmas tree or celebration, and wants to call it a holiday over Christmas…(takes the Christ out), but did hold a Muslim Day at the whitehouse, hasn’t attended church services since taking office & when he once did attend it was at a rebellious church that hated America enough to say “God damn America” on camera.
Obama should never preach about civility or his religion…never!



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Frank

posted February 5, 2010 at 11:44 am


Deacon Bresnehan,
You wrote “f..k..g n…”
Have you been possessed by the spirit of Bill Donahue?



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hlvanburen

posted February 5, 2010 at 7:04 pm


“What are we? Too stupid or irrelevant to question these obvious questionable moves?”
In a word…yes.



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BRANKO BELICHESKY

posted February 6, 2010 at 2:43 am


MR. PRESIDENT- MY FELLOW AMERICANS HELLO AGAIN.
A nation that we are, a nation that has lost its identity because of the poor choices we as citizens have made when we went to the ballot box. We trusted each and every Politician that they would make a difference, in reality they went to DC and guess what they joined the CLUB.
Tell me and the American People Mr. President where are family values in the politicians we elect. Where is the concern for the HARD WORKING AMERICAN PEOPLE, the children of a single parent, a senior citizen and what happened to the middle class.
Mr. President the Gold Prices have gone to sky rocketing prices, Senators like Barbra Boxer and Diane Finestein and her husband Mr. Bloom have created National Parks out of the California Desert, ki8cked out the small miners out of their mining claims, with the help of BLM , and they gave rights to a Canadian Gold Mining Company to mine the California Desert. That Company Mr. President has not paid Taxes since its inception. Why. This is a total fraud upon the American people and they played with the Gold Prices. There is plenty Gold around the world and some day soon one of these countries is going to dump a lot of Gold on the Market and there is going to be another run on the Banks.
At the same time my fellow Americans these Politicians we elect starting from our local Government, City , County and State is where our problems begin. These politicians have voted in so many local taxes starting from property to “BUSINESS EQUIPMENT TAX”. WHY DOES A BUSINESS HAVE TO PAY BUSINESS EQUIPMENT TAX WHEN THEY HAVE PAID A SALES TAX WHEN THEY PURCHASED IT. HOW IN THE HECK CAN A SMALL BUSINESS GO FORWARD WHEN THEY ARE DROWNING I BUSINESS TAXES OUT OF CONTROL.
EXAMPLE – Perfect example are our oil refineries, how can they go out and buy modern and new equipment when they are paying the state they are in “BUSINESS EQUIPMENT TAX “ ON OUTDATED EQUIPMENT OF $100,000,000.00 ASSESSED VALUE. IF THAT BUSINESS EQUIPMENT TAX WAS NOT THERE THAT REFINERY COULD PURCHASE NEW AND MODERN EQUIPMENT HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT, AND OVER ALL THERE WOULD BE MORE PEOPLE PUT BACK TO WORK, IN OTHER WORDS NEW JOBS WOULD BE CREATED. IMAGINE HOW MANY MORE JOBS WE COULD CREATE IN EVERY INDUSTRY.
HERE YOU ARE MR. PRESIDENT ALONG WITH THE SECRETARY OF LABOR HILDA SOLIS WHOM I HAVE KNOWN PERSONALLY HER HUSBAND AND HER BEFORE SHE WAS A STATE OF CALIFORNIA SENATOR IS A WAY WE CAN START TO HELP SMALL BUSINESS AND LARGE BUSINESS TO CREATE JOBS WHICH WE DESPERATELY NEED. When government is chocking us to death with TAXES ON TOP OF TAXES we will never be able to create jobs because the money is not there for investment of new equipment.
People when working pay Taxes and our government will have money to pay its bills from Social Security to a Medical Plan. We have killed the middle class of this nation. Time has come for the State of California, New Mexico, and State of Texas one two and three to start and set an example release the chains of its small business and large business to create jobs and put the American People back to work, ans starting today to get rid of the BUSINESS EQUIPMENT TAX. Yes it is time for Diane Finestien and Barbra Boxer to resign and all members of Congress and Senate to do the same and let this nation start fresh and lets build a Nation Under God WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.
It is easy to criticize one another and find faults, it is hard for us to come together as a nation because the citizens of this nation have lost faith in the politicians they have elected. My fellow Americans We Must Not Ever, Never give up in making changes of our government and we must strive to unite and mold again in to being one of the strongest nations in the world. The Lord gave us our Ten Commandments learn to live them and open your eyes pray together as a family, when you see someone needs your help never say no, but ask them how can I help you.
When you see a single mother needing help open your eyes and pocket book and give until it hurts, we the American people the small business and large business must take back our INDUSTRIAL BASE and lets set an example what it means to be an American. This is the Country that was built by IMMIGRANTS, WE MADE THIS NATION WHAT IT WAS THEN AND WHAT IT IS TODAY AND LETS START THINKING POSITIVE BY NOT CRITICIZING EACH OTHER BUT COMPLEMENTING AND GIVING IDEAS WHAT WE MUST DO TO MAKE A BETTER AMERICA.
MAY GOD BLESS THIS NATION AND THE ENTIRE WORLD WE LIVE IN.
A FAMILY THAT PRAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER. MY FELLOW AMERICANS WE ARE A FAMILY, CHRISTIANS MUSLIMS ALIKE.
I WISH EACH AND EVERY AMERICAN GOOD HEALTH AND LOTS OF SUCCESS.
YOUR CHRISTIAN BROTHER
BRANKO BELICHESKY
Bitola2000@yahoo.com



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