Skip to comments.Obama at Georgetown: The mystery of the missing sign [Free Republic cited]
Posted on 04/16/2009 7:32:10 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
When President Obama gave his economics speech at Georgetown University on Tuesday, several folks noticed something was missing.
That "something" was an ancient monogram -- the letters IHS -- that symbolizes the name of Jesus. It was missing from a wooden archway above the dais in Gaston Hall where the president delivered his 45-minute speech.
The gold-lettered monogram appeared near a painting of three female figures -- symbolizing morality, faith and patriotism -- and decorative edging along the wall that spelled out the Jesuit motto "Ad majorem Dei gloriam""To the greater glory of God." Georgetown was founded by the Jesuits.
Some of them may have been turning in their graves in the cemetery across campus at the sight of the missing monogram which looked like a blacked-out space above a blue backdrop and a row of American flags flanking the nation's chief executive. Was Georgetown selling short its Catholic heritage, we wondered.
I contacted the university this morning to ask why the monogram -- in this post-Easter season -- was hidden as its absence had been noted by several bloggers, including Dawn Eden -- formerly of the New York Post -- on her dawn patrol blog.
Julie Bataille from the university's press office e-mailed me that the White House had asked that all university signage and symbols behind the stage in Gaston Hall be covered.
"The White House wanted a simple backdrop of flags and pipe and drape for the speech, consistent with what they've done for other policy speeches," she wrote. "Frankly, the pipe and drape wasn't high enough by itself to fully cover the IHS and cross above the GU seal and it seemed most respectful to have them covered so as not to be seen out of context."
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Please God save us!!
I sent this to my pastor and he said “GeorgeTown should be embarrassed and is a disgrace to the church ....” I agree.
This man is truly an anti-Christ.
It's easier to cover up "Ad majorem Dei gloriam" than to change it to something appropriate to the occasion like "Ad minorem Dei gloriam"
He is either The Anti-Christ or a Muslim but I repeat myself
It’s like he’s ashamed of Christianity or something. Has to hide from the cross. What was that church that he attended for twenty years all about? Oh, yeah. A bunch of black liberation theologists (supposedly EX Muslims) preaching against America. Not God Bless America, GD America!!
Obama can KMWIA.
If I’ve ever had a good idea...this is it.
For now on, everyone at any and every protest associated with Obama should simply say... IHS.
Imagine thousands holding up this one simple sign. It would be one of those things that people would ask over and over...What does that mean? And the word would spread. And the media would go crazy trying to dance around and ignore it.
Actually the letters were hidden behind a piece of black plywood, I think somebody said on that thread. But it’s always good to be quoted. Should attract a few new freepers.
I first came to FR when the New York Times ran a long hit piece on conservative reactions to the Vince Foster scandal, and incautiously mentioned FR’s Whitewater site, as it was called then, by name.
Georgetown also was extremely proud of its most famous or infamous alumnus, Bill Clinton, and used to swoon over him back in the 90s. Pretty much as Fr. Reese now swoons over Barry.
My intention is not to piss off any Catholic Freeper, but my lifelong respect of the Catholic Church and schools has taken a terrible beating of late.
He’s afraid of Christianity. He’s afraid of mirrors, crosses, garlic, etc. But most of all, Jim Rob, he’s afraid of our secret weapon: ridicule.
Ridicule is the way to move this individual out of darkness and into the exposure of light.
He’s throwing so many things at us so fast, that we don’t, or arent’, respond correctly. We have to forget fifty things, concentrate on five.
We have to have legions don masks a la Dr. Raoul and show up and ridicule this guy everywhere he is.
Despiser of innocent life and believing people.
That’s three good places to begin. But you have to do it in a funny, edgy, teasing way. That is sure to rattle him. V’s wife.
Maybe he thinks the letters will burn him.
Imagine how we Catholics feel! V’s wife.
Wonderful!!! V’s wife.
Good post devolve and appropriate comparison. The drapes and flags were to cover the religious icons on the walls behind him.
I had forgot to put in the picture with the “IHS” symbol. Just did that and will reload it.
This makes me sick. It makes one wonder what kind of upbringing a person like this has had. What does it show our children? It tells me that if he doesn’t have God in his heart, then his sense of compassion has flown south!
He has obviously sold his soul!
Just wait until the mainstream media gets hold of this...uh, wait a minute...never mind...
John Ashcroft was embarrassed by the nudity behind him, so is Barry Obama embarrassed by the Cross behind him? Must be.
It is all so confusing, Obama wasn't embarrassed when he was campaigning with the Cross behind him, Maybe Obama is just a measly little superficial hypocrite.
Yeah, like Dracula.
If you have viewed it before, refresh image as I added a frame with the IHS symbol.
He’s an evil B*****d.
I think you’re on to something, there.
That’s what I was thinking, but my wife says it’s because he’s the Antichrist.
If he did not like the symbols and what they symbolized, or if he thought it somehow conflicted with the separation of church and state to have a cross and our Lord and Saviour’s name above the flags, — well, then, he should not have accepted the speaking engagement there.
He was a guest for gosh sake. What kind of a guest goes to someone’s house and asks them to change their decorating? A very ill-mannered uneducated crude rude guest, that’s who.
Recall that he put out a long row of American flags even during his campaign against McCain
Brought out his “panel of experts” as if he was already elected
When he was bowing down to his islamic king - they did not cover up any religious symbols
I don’t like to see the American flag used for decoration or some sort of curtain.
heheh - “Barackula”
Remember his plane and his podium with “President Elect” on them? Never has another candidate, nominee or President Elect acted like him.
I suspect that Obama will soon want to hide the American Flags behind him.
He is Muslim so why would he care? How many Christians bow down to the King of Saudi? Zero, zip, nada but ZERO did. That bunting is inappropriate IMHO where he is speaking. If he didn’t want religious symbols then don’t go to Georgetown.
Shame on Georgetown for covering up the symbols of their faith. The person that agreed is no better then ZERO and his staff for demanding they be covered up.
Obligatory “FR is NOT a blog!” BTT...
I think if the general population were aware of this event they would be astounded.
I agree about Georgetown. I am Catholic and am ashamed that they did this. They had a choice of obeying God or catering to Obama and they chose wrong.
With hundreds of years confronting demonic influences, I wonder if the Vatican has a record of any particularly powerful phrase or technique that was useful in expelling determined evil from a place? A means to establish a barrier of protection against powerful, dark supernatural forces.
I know that demonology is no longer in fashion, but in the past great time and effort was spent in studying ways to confront and deport, if not destroy, such evil.
How distracting could three letters be?
I think he didn’t want competition from anyone....after all, Obama bows to no one! err..... nevermind.....
“They chose poorly” a take-off from Indiana Jones. I cannot believe they agreed to cover up religious symbols.
If the MSM wasn’t so biased, the whole world would have figured out by now he IS Muslim. There are stories out of Chicago that Rev Wright’s Church is used by Muslims when they want the outside world to think they are Christian. That is how underhanded Rev Wright and the Chicago thug aka ZERO would stoop for him to get elected and the MSM to cover up.
How about "DURING"
C’mon. Cut Pres—ent Ogabe some slack. He hosted an easter egg roll on the White House lawn, didn’t he? The man is obviously deeply religious.
I think that the beginning of the Nazi terror in Germany was when they starting denigrating the culture of the Jews. Is this the beginning of Obama’s aunchluss against Christian culture?
Lol, he’s just looking around to see if everyone is looking at him!
Good graphic always!
I understand your frustration. However, it’s not the Catholic Church. Georgetown, like ND, and many other “Catholic” Universities, as well as individual Catholic High Schools and k-8 schools (and Parishes), sometimes don’t follow the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Yep. As a Catholic, I’m a bit disheartened by this.