The right-wing freak-out over all things Obama continues. This time it’s the president’s Thanksgiving address yesterday. The headline at The Daily Caller reads:
Obama Thanksgiving address: Calls to unite behind WH, doesn’t thank God
Then in the opening paragraph that changed from “unite behind the White House” to “unite behind him.”
Uh, no he didn’t. This is what he said:
“As a nation, we’ve just emerged from a campaign season that was passionate, noisy, and vital to our democracy. But it also required us to make choices – and sometimes those choices led us to focus on what sets us apart instead of what ties us together; on what candidate we support instead of what country we belong to.”
“Thanksgiving,” he continued, “is a chance to put it all in perspective – to remember that, despite our differences, we are, and always will be, Americans first and foremost.”
Only the wingnuts could get ‘bow down and worship me’ out of that. About the “doesn’t thank God” thing, this is what Obama said:
“Today we give thanks for blessings that are all too rare in this world. The ability to spend time with the ones we love; to say what we want; to worship as we please; to know that there are brave men and women defending our freedom around the globe; and to look our children in the eye and tell them that, here in America, no dream is too big if they’re willing to work for it.”
“[T]o worship as we please.” Isn’t that kinda sorta the whole idea of the First Amendment? But no, at the Daily Caller that comes off as a challenge to the Catholic Church.
Jumping on the bandwagon, iOwnTheWorld chose to compare Obama’s remarks to what 2 previous presidents had to say about Thanksgiving, just to supposedly prove Obama’s godlessness, I presume. George Washington:
“Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation.”
Don’t see God mentioned by name there. Lincoln:
“It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens,” he wrote.”
There either. Maybe Washington and Lincoln were seekrit Mooslems, too.
Something called Gather used the Thanksgiving address as a springboard to put its misguided spin on the election results-Romney would be president if only ‘those people’ weren’t allowed to vote:
“Obama is asking for the popular support he did not receive in the election. Obama attained 10 million votes less in 2012 than in 2008, a drop from 69.4 million to 59.8 million votes. Even McCain earned more votes in 2008 than Obama did in 2012, with 59.9 million votes. Whites voted overwhelmingly for Romney in 2012, voting 59-39% in his favor…Obama skipped the tradition of Godless politicians making trite remarks about God and instead talked about what he really wanted–popular support for his Presidency after a controversial re-election in the midst of a disastrous economy with little indication for recovery.”
“Controversial re-election?” Earth to nutjobs, 332 to 206 ain’t no controversy, it’s an ass kicking.