His speech at the Jesuit university today on the economy (he is speaking as I write) evokes the themes of personal responsibility and the similarly “old-fashioned”–dare I say conservative?–values that he has reiterated since his inauguration. (It has been an interesting shift, his campaign rhetoric of hope–which was often derided as shallow–to the governing language of responsibility. It is well done, in my view, and a natural development.)
In the speech, Obama also gets scriptural, saying the nation “cannot rebuild this economyl on the same pile of sand.” Is he channeling the Messiah again?! Actually, he may be channeing Muhammad. He follows the Sermon on the Mount reference with an exposition of the “five pillars” of the new economy. Five pillars?! Yikes. I expect a spike in that Obama-is-Muslim stat.
In any case, these are the kind of opportunities we as a church would miss if the “bar Obama” voices were to prevail. But they keep on keeping on. Randall Terry et al planned to lead protests at Georgetown:
“The University has deliberately poked its finger in the eye of the Bishops and faithful Catholics who have condemned President Obama’s appearance at Notre Dame. But far worse – they have cast aside the unborn who will perish under President Obama’s policies. They have put prestige ahead of life. Georgetown’s attitude seems to be: Germany’s leaders built great roads in the 1930s, they helped save the banks, and they rebuilt the economy. Let’s focus on their economy – not that whole genocide thing.”