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Obama Leaves God out of Thanksgiving Speech, Riles Critics
ABC News ^ | November 25, 2011 | Joel Siegel

Posted on 11/25/2011 4:19:03 PM PST by Pinkbell

Critics of President Obama felt little holiday cheer after the president did not thank God in his Thanksgiving-themed weekly Internet address. They immediately took to Twitter and the Internet to voice anger and disbelief.

"Holy cow! Is that one screwed up or what?" columnist Sherman Frederick of the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote in a Thanksgiving-morning blog post.

"Somebody ought to remind Obama (and his speechwriter) that when Americans sit down around a meal today and give thanks, they give thanks to God."

Over on the website of Fox News Radio, radio host Todd Starnes also took issue.

"His remarks were void of any religious references, although Thanksgiving is a holiday traditionally steeped in giving thanks and praise to God," Starnes wrote.

"The president said his family was 'reflecting on how truly lucky we truly are,'" Starnes said. "For many Americans, though, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on how blessed and thankful they are."

The popular website of London's Daily Mail has taken the issue global, with a story under the headline "What a Turkey! Outrage as Obama Leaves God Out of His Thanksgiving Address."

Obama mentioned God once in a closing "God bless you," to Americans watching the Internet address. However, the President explicitly thanked God earlier in the week in his written Thanksgiving proclamation, which called the holiday "one of our nation's oldest and most cherished traditions," and an occasion that "brings us closer to our loved ones and invites us to reflect on the blessings that enrich our lives."

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: obama; thanksgiving

1 posted on 11/25/2011 4:19:06 PM PST by Pinkbell
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To: Pinkbell

Three of the Republican presidential candidates – Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum – issued Thanksgiving statements that omitted any references to God. Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Rick Perry mentioned God in their statements.


2 posted on 11/25/2011 4:24:45 PM PST by kabar
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To: kabar
So much the worse. But none of them are president.
3 posted on 11/25/2011 4:26:05 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Pinkbell

Better than “allahu akbar”, I guess.


4 posted on 11/25/2011 4:26:25 PM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: kabar

Yeah, I haven’t read any of their addresses, but I was a bit surprised with Rick as I know he’s a devout Catholic. For that matter, Newt is Catholic too.


5 posted on 11/25/2011 4:27:59 PM PST by Pinkbell
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To: Pinkbell
Original Text of George Washington's Proclamation on Thanksgiving:

WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH 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; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;-- for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;-- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;-- and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;-- to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

(signed) G. Washington

6 posted on 11/25/2011 4:28:43 PM PST by kabar
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To: hinckley buzzard

See my post #6. Any GOP Presidential candidate should be aware of the holiday and its history. George Washington set the standard.


7 posted on 11/25/2011 4:30:50 PM PST by kabar
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To: Pinkbell
The comments over there are scary.

this country's founders also mandated the strict SEPARATION of CHURCH and STATE.Finally, a president who isn't disrespecting the citizens he works for!

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Religion has nothing to do with what our country was founded on.

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So he didn't mention a fairy tale. Big deal. And America's roote have nothing to do with the Christian God. We imported that from Europe.

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I am thankful on this Thanksgiving Day for the fact that we have Barack Obama as President of the United States -and- as a viable candidate for re-election (as opposed to the sorry sorry set of rivals on the other side). Thank you Mr. President : your heart, your values, your basic decency.. are all in the right place. But... your hands are tied. Unfortunately they were tied by us, the electorate.....by not providing you with a Congress that you can work with. Instead you have a don’t-tax-the-1% Congress that battles you at every turn, while the people suffer. God, they don't EVEN let you pass your own appointments. It's not Tea-publican gridlock- it's Tea-publican sabotage. Heck, it's Tea-publican TREASON. And then they try to pin the blame on Mr. Obama. These people have no shame...or else its been purchased by those who can afford to do so. Thankfully, Occupy Wall Street is part of an emerging grass-roots evolution...a down-to-to-earth change ...a change that will help us to re-elect the President AND to give him a more progressive Congress. Therefore, on this Thanksgiving day, I am thankful and grateful that you are the President Mr. Obama! And I wish you well. You STILL give me hope.

8 posted on 11/25/2011 4:33:55 PM PST by digger48
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To: digger48

Liberals always spew the same, tired, anti-God lines. I didn’t even bother to look at the comments at section. It’s too frustrating.


9 posted on 11/25/2011 4:50:49 PM PST by Pinkbell
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To: Pinkbell

If there’s no God to give thanks to, who then, precisely, are we to give thanks? Without God, drivel spewing boot-lick politicians can take their homilys and use them to stuff the nearest turkey . . .


10 posted on 11/25/2011 5:08:53 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth (Expiate your inner liberal racist guilt, but use your brain: Vote CAIN in 2012!)
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To: digger48
I am thankful on this Thanksgiving Day for the fact that we have Barack Obama as President of the United States -and- as a viable candidate for re-election (as opposed to the sorry sorry set of rivals on the other side).

I would have stopped reading right there. The people making remarks on an ABC site are typical of the type of people who tune in to the major broadcast network news. They are lost and are not worth our time to go look for. Let's just make sure we get a good conservative to run against the cretin.

11 posted on 11/25/2011 5:13:47 PM PST by mc5cents
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To: Pinkbell
"The president said his family was 'reflecting on how truly lucky we truly are,'" Starnes said.

Maybe the holiday (holy day) should be renamed to Lucksgiving?

12 posted on 11/25/2011 5:16:12 PM PST by bygolly
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To: Pinkbell
Rick as I know he’s a devout Catholic.

How do you know that?

13 posted on 11/26/2011 6:30:04 AM PST by Doofer
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