Sept 28, 2010
POTUS was asked why he chose to be a Christian and he threw his typical white person family under the bus once again.
Only this time it wasn’t his typical white person grandmother (Philly race speech) – it was his typical white person mother who again did nothing to help him rise to King of the Cosmos. He talks like he was an orphan and only mentions his white family when he needs a vote and only then in a negative light.
The follow up question should have been – if your typical white person mother did nothing for you in the way of religion – what made you not follow your father, stepfather and grandmother’s religion of peace submission – Islam?
He also does not mention Rev Wright who he credited for bringing him to Jesus. His audacious book was based on Wright’s rant re: White Man’s Greed.
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QUESTION: Mother Teresa answered it in an article and I was going to ask you the same, because I loved her answer. The first one is: Why are you a Christian?
POTUS: You know, I’m a Christian by choice. You know, my family didn’t, uh, you know, frankly, they weren’t folks that went to church every week. My mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew, but she didn’t, uh, raise me in the church.
So I came to my Christian faith later in life.
And it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead – being my brothers’ and sisters’ keeper, treating others as they would treat me.
It was political expedience and nothing else. After he got rid of Wright – he has only found his faith when the polls say he should, like 2 weeks ago.
How Christianlike did he allow his opponents to be treated when each and every one of them were labeled racists?
And how much did the “Chosen One’s” choice of Jesus have to do with Jesus’ precepts vs Jesus’ messiahship?
The full transcript has not yet been posted on WH site so I don’t know if that is all he said.
My guess is he rattled off all religions, including Islam/Muslims, and said something about how it’s what he likes about this country and how it makes this country great. He never says “my country”.
*Update: Full relevant transcript follows. The same woman asked about chili peppers and abortion (barry brought up Bill Clinton). And yes, he did use his go to line only he left out “great”. Right after he answered her questions, someone thanked him for taking a stand on the 9-11 mosque.
Curious use of *still* and was *company* a typo for country?
POTUS: I’m also somebody who deeply believes that the — part of the bedrock strength of this company is that it embraces people of many faiths and of no faith — that this is a country that is still predominantly Christian.
But we have Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, and that their own path to grace is one that we have to revere and respect as much as our own.
And that’s part of what makes this country what it is.
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, right here.
Q Hello, Mr. President. Thank you for coming to the South Valley.
THE PRESIDENT: Yes, it’s great to be here.
Q It’s really a great opportunity, and I thank the Cavalier family for inviting me and my husband. I have three questions and they’re kind of hot topic questions and I’ll just —
THE PRESIDENT: All three of them?
Q All three of them. (Laughter.)
THE PRESIDENT: You didn’t slip in like sort of a easy, boring one in there with the —
Q No. (Laughter.)
THE PRESIDENT: All right, let’s hear them.
Q One of them is basically — Mother Teresa answered it in an article and I was going to ask you the same because I loved her answer. The first one is: Why are you a Christian?
Second one is, there’s really no laws about the abortion law and when a woman can and can’t have an abortion, whether it’s two months or eight months, and what is your view on that?
And the third one — it’s not as — it is a hot topic but it’s literally a hot topic, and it’s about my husband’s chili peppers. (Laughter.) And that was my question: Would you please take some chili peppers home with you? One is a habanero.
THE PRESIDENT: I will definitely check out these chili peppers. I like spicy food to go with your spicy questions. (Laughter.)
THE PRESIDENT: You know, I’m a Christian by choice. My family didn’t — frankly, they weren’t folks who went to church every week. And my mother was one of the most spiritual people I knew, but she didn’t raise me in the church.
So I came to my Christian faith later in life and it was because the precepts of Jesus Christ spoke to me in terms of the kind of life that I would want to lead — being my brothers’ and sisters’ keeper, treating others as they would treat me.
And I think also understanding that Jesus Christ dying for my sins spoke to the humility we all have to have as human beings, that we’re sinful and we’re flawed and we make mistakes, and that we achieve salvation through the grace of God. But what we can do, as flawed as we are, is still see God in other people and do our best to help them find their own grace.
And so that’s what I strive to do. That’s what I pray to do every day. I think my public service is part of that effort to express my Christian faith. And it’s — but the one thing I want to emphasize, having spoken about something that obviously relates to me very personally, as President of the United States, I’m also somebody who deeply believes that the — part of the bedrock strength of this company is that it embraces people of many faiths and of no faith — that this is a country that is still predominantly Christian. But we have Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, and that their own path to grace is one that we have to revere and respect as much as our own. And that’s part of what makes this country what it is.
Now, with respect to the abortion issue, I actually think — I mean, there are laws both federal, state and constitutional that are in place. And I think that this is an area where I think Bill Clinton had the right formulation a couple of decades ago, which is abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. I think that it’s something that all of us should recognize is a difficult, sometimes — oftentimes tragic situation that families are wrestling with.
I think the families and the women involved are the ones who should make the decision, not the government. But I do think actually that there are a whole host of laws on the books that after a certain period, the interests shift such that you can have some restrictions, for example, on late-term abortions, and appropriately so. So there is in fact a set of rules in place.
Now, people still argue about it and still deeply disagree about it. And that’s part of our — that’s part of our democratic way.
[He says “appropriately so” concerning restrictions on late term abortions when he voted to withhold any and all medical care from fetuses who happened to survive the initial attempt on their life.]