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Insufferable Pro-Obama “American Prayer”

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Yech. Rabbi Hirschfeld suggests this may be a case of Obama supporters arguing that his election woudl be God’s will. This makes me as uncomfortable as when Sarah Palin or James Dobson promote that idea for John McCain.



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Karen Brown

posted October 24, 2008 at 11:43 am


Umm.. didn’t this video come out ages ago and people talked about it? What brought THIS one up again?
That’s right, YOU wrote about it before. And the last time, you seemed to know the imagery that was involved, because you talked to the one who made the video.
You know.. here… http://blog.beliefnet.com/stevenwaldman/2008/08/my-american-prayer.html



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Your Name

posted October 24, 2008 at 12:05 pm


Karen, I’m flattered you remembered! Yes this has been around before and I’m not exactly sure why it’s making the rounds again now. My discomfort was re-triggered by the new post from Rabbi Hirschfeld, especially in the context of the Palin interview with Dobson



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Karen Brown

posted October 24, 2008 at 2:23 pm


Well, I remember it because I noted..
If you read the lyrics of the song, it isn’t about one guy coming to save us all. It is about the people joining together. BUT.. it never really made any play at the time, wasn’t part of the Obama campaign, neither paid for nor endorsed by them.
I’m guessing the reason it is making the rounds again has more to do with the McCain campaign, trying to play up that ‘Messiah’ angle in its casting about for anything to throw at Obama at the end run toward the election.



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Alicia

posted October 24, 2008 at 2:35 pm


I watched a bit of it when it was put up before (when CrunchyCon did an entry about it) and couldn’t figure out what the heck they were trying to do. Forest Whitaker’s weird motion touching the top of his head – what is that supposed to mean? I couldn’t even watch it to the end because it was so darned idiotic.
Just because some benighted Obama supporters think this will help him get elected doesn’t mean we have to take it seriously. I’m not supporting Obama because Forest Whitaker touches the top of his head, but because I think Obama will be a far better President than John McCain.



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Karen Brown

posted October 24, 2008 at 3:18 pm


I don’t know about the head thing. Is that something people who shave their heads do like we brush back our hair?
yeah, I never paid much attention to it the first time, have never even seen the thing outside of bloggers, pundits and youtube viewings. *shrug*



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