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Obama Leaves God out of Thanksgiving Speech, Riles Critics (Hussein says, "thanks")
Yahoo ^ | 11/25/11 | JOEL SIEGEL

Posted on 11/25/2011 4:19:54 PM PST by Libloather

Obama Leaves God out of Thanksgiving Speech, Riles Critics
By JOEL SIEGEL | ABC News – 6 hours ago

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at gma.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: god; hussein; speech; thanksgiving
Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
Thursday, November 24, 2011
The White House

From my family to yours, I’d like to wish you a happy Thanksgiving. Like millions of Americans, Michelle, Malia, Sasha and I will spend the day eating great food, watching a little football, and reflecting on how truly lucky we truly are.

As Americans, each of us has our own list of things and people to be thankful for. But there are some blessings we all share.

We’re especially grateful for the men and women who defend our country overseas. To all the service members eating Thanksgiving dinner far from your families: the American people are thinking of you today. And when you come home, we intend to make sure that we serve you as well as you’re serving America.

We’re also grateful for the Americans who are taking time out of their holiday to serve in soup kitchens and shelters, making sure their neighbors have a hot meal and a place to stay. This sense of mutual responsibility – the idea that I am my brother’s keeper; that I am my sister’s keeper – has always been a part of what makes our country special. And it’s one of the reasons the Thanksgiving tradition has endured.

The very first Thanksgiving was a celebration of community during a time of great hardship, and we have followed that example ever since. Even when the fate of our union was far from certain – during a Civil War, two World Wars, a Great Depression – Americans drew strength from each other. They had faith that tomorrow would be better than today.

We’re grateful that they did. As we gather around the table, we pause to remember the pilgrims, pioneers, and patriots who helped make this country what it is. They faced impossible odds, and yet somehow, they persevered. Today, it’s our turn.

I know that for many of you, this Thanksgiving is more difficult than most. But no matter how tough things are right now, we still give thanks for that most American of blessings, the chance to determine our own destiny. The problems we face didn’t develop overnight, and we won’t solve them overnight. But we will solve them. All it takes is for each of us to do our part.

With all the partisanship and gridlock here in Washington, it’s easy to wonder if such unity is really possible. But think about what’s happening at this very moment: Americans from all walks of life are coming together as one people, grateful for the blessings of family, community, and country.

If we keep that spirit alive, if we support each other, and look out for each other, and remember that we’re all in this together, then I know that we too will overcome the challenges of our time.

So today, I’m thankful to serve as your President and Commander-and-Chief. I’m thankful that my daughters get to grow up in this great country of ours. And I’m thankful for the chance to do my part, as together, we make tomorrow better than today.

Thanks, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

1 posted on 11/25/2011 4:19:56 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Now why would he do that, him being a Christian and all?


2 posted on 11/25/2011 4:23:22 PM PST by choctaw man (Good ole Andrew Jackson, or You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma...)
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To: choctaw man

Perhaps it is better that way.

At least, he did not blaspheme.


3 posted on 11/25/2011 4:24:28 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: Libloather

If you truly thought you were G-d, would you say Thank G-d, or just Thanks?


4 posted on 11/25/2011 4:29:28 PM PST by IamCenny
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To: choctaw man
Now why would he do that, him being a Christian and all?

Interesting that Newt also did it. I'm not surprised at Romney disregarding God.

5 posted on 11/25/2011 4:32:21 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Libloather

The first Thanksgiving was a “celebration of community”? What? Does this moron know nothing about our history? Obviously not. And, did you notice, he made the sign of the cross when he pardoned the turkey? I’m not Catholic, but if I were I’d be offended. He mocks everything; he insults everyone who disagrees with him; and he ridicules our traditions. How does he have any standing at all in the polls?


6 posted on 11/25/2011 4:36:12 PM PST by WestSylvanian
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To: Libloather
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

7 posted on 11/25/2011 4:37:04 PM PST by kabar
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To: buccaneer81

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.


8 posted on 11/25/2011 4:38:39 PM PST by kabar
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To: Libloather

“Thanks, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.”
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He probably thinks we should give ‘thanks’ to him. What an a$$hat.


9 posted on 11/25/2011 4:40:59 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: Libloather

My thought of the day-

God damn Barack Obama.


10 posted on 11/25/2011 4:43:30 PM PST by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: kabar

troublemaker. :)


11 posted on 11/25/2011 4:43:38 PM PST by BilLies (ABCBSNBCNN, NYTimes, WaPOSt , etc., hates your Traditional American guts!)
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To: Libloather

What I really wan to know is: Did Dear Leader serve a halal Butterball at the Whitehouse?


12 posted on 11/25/2011 4:46:10 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (Hope & Change - I'm out of hope, and change is all I have left every week | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: Libloather

How about “Thanks to you, Mr. President, my family is living on the streets.”


13 posted on 11/25/2011 4:47:25 PM PST by Misterioso
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To: 353FMG
At least, he did not blaspheme

Except when he used his muslim left hand to do a parody of a sign-of-the-cross Christian blessing over a "pardoned" turkey, then giggled with the audience and did it again

I hear the Vatican has issued a fatwa (sarc)
14 posted on 11/25/2011 4:52:57 PM PST by silverleaf (common sense is not so common- voltaire)
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To: 353FMG
At least, he did not blaspheme

Except when he used his muslim left hand to do a parody of a sign-of-the-cross Christian blessing over a "pardoned" turkey, then giggled with the audience and did it again

I hear the Vatican has issued a fatwa (sarc)
15 posted on 11/25/2011 4:53:11 PM PST by silverleaf (common sense is not so common- voltaire)
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To: WestSylvanian

he made that sign-of-the-cross with his left hand, awkwardly

I’m certain the insult was not lost on his delighted muslim backers


16 posted on 11/25/2011 4:54:50 PM PST by silverleaf (common sense is not so common- voltaire)
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To: Libloather
What? No phrase for his false god, Allfullofit?
17 posted on 11/25/2011 4:55:42 PM PST by RetiredArmy (The End of Days draws near. In this time, you should be drawing closer to the Lord Jesus Christ.)
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To: WestSylvanian

Celebration of community is a fancy way of saying communism. Ironically the first Thanksgiving was a celebration that was made possible by the end of communism.


18 posted on 11/25/2011 5:02:18 PM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: kabar

Thank you Kabar for finding this and posting it. I had placed a copy of it many years ago in a book since lost. This is one of the most eloquent, humble, inspirational prayers of thanks I’ve ever read.If this don’t give pause for thought to the “separation of church and state” proponent, they are truly spiritually blinded...they just don’t have a clue.


19 posted on 11/25/2011 5:05:17 PM PST by Rainwave (Disgusted with Holder)
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To: Libloather

This is clearly not an accident. Omitting God from his Thanksgiving speech was a purposeful insult directed at those of us he despises, those who cling to God and to guns and to that pesky Constitution that gets in his way. He realizes he will not get the vote of any patriotic American, and he is trying to motivate his natural constituents from OWS to support him.


20 posted on 11/25/2011 5:17:25 PM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: choctaw man

Now why would he do that, him being a Christian and all?
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Yeah, that is odd. Especially since he is always talking about Jesus being his personal savior. And how his conversion to Christianity from his Muslim upbringing and his baptism into the body of Christ was the best thing that ever happened to him and his family.

You can’t get him to shut up about his conversion to Christianity and he hardly ever talks about Allah, and Muslims, or Islam, or Islamic traditions and holidays ever.

Strange isn’t it?


21 posted on 11/25/2011 5:33:07 PM PST by 240B (he is doing everything he said he wouldn't and not doing what he said he would)
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To: IamCenny; Writer
If you truly thought you were G-d, would you say Thank G-d, or just Thanks?

This was revised after the first Thanksgiving Message sent out to the press simply said "Your welcome".... White House officials said the message was sent by mistake....

22 posted on 11/25/2011 5:51:46 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: kabar

RINO’s too


23 posted on 11/25/2011 5:56:10 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: choctaw man
So today, I’m thankful to serve as your President and Commander-and-Chief.

I'm thankful for four year terms.

24 posted on 11/25/2011 6:00:42 PM PST by skeeter
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To: kabar

Thanks for posting this ... it just so clearly illustrates the contrast between the true father of our country and the principles upon which it was founded, and what we have in there now coupled with what we have become.


25 posted on 11/25/2011 6:01:47 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (If he has nothing to hide, why is he spending so much $$$ hiding it?)
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To: 240B
IMPEACH-5sm
26 posted on 11/25/2011 6:03:13 PM PST by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: Libloather

No surprise.

“One nation, under God...”

Obama is very keen to fragment the nation in order to isolate and manipulate his own, personal voting bloc.


27 posted on 11/25/2011 6:40:51 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: Libloather
Two words. (Three if your name is J Biden)



Godless Communist!

28 posted on 11/25/2011 6:59:52 PM PST by rawcatslyentist (It is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; ~Vattel's Law of Nations)
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To: Keith in Iowa

So at the store, I saw a Butterball turkey and looked all over for a halal mark of the devil on it and couldn’t find anything.

What do I look for to see if something is halal?

I still didn’t buy it. And, by the way, SUBWAY, you lost a faithful customer in my husband. He is a Christian and refuses to eat food shit on by a muslim that is not fit for a dog.

Thought you’d want to know.

And we don’t care that it is only 2 restaurants in the USA that are halal- SO FAR. You let the camel’s nose in the tent.
Just you wait until they TELL you that you can’t serve ham or bacon on any subs. You don’t know it yet, but Subway isn’t owned by Subway any more.


29 posted on 11/25/2011 7:28:39 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: kabar

awesome. Thank you!


30 posted on 11/25/2011 8:51:27 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: choctaw man

Everthing with this guy is about service. One of these days he is going to have a brain fart and actually say “Allah be praised for this wonderful Thanksgiving holiday”. Maybe next year when he’s packing up the prayer rug and getting ready to head back to Chicago.


31 posted on 11/25/2011 9:46:28 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Libloather
People who don't get it yet just don't want to. Anyone remember whether or not he clearly thanked Allah for his Ram A Dama Ding Dang feast. Why would he stoop to doing something Christian when he thinks Christians are little better than dogs?
32 posted on 11/25/2011 9:51:05 PM PST by Rashputin (Obama stark, raving, mad, and even his security people know it.)
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To: Libloather

A Muslim can’t thank God. He would have to thank Allah, and that would blow his cover. Plus, it is not Ramadan so he can’t thank Allah anyway.

Anybody who still doesn’t know Obama is a Muslim is either stupid or willfully blind.


33 posted on 11/25/2011 10:20:10 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (We be fooked.)
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To: Libloather

The White House
President Obama’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation
November 24, 2012

From my family to yours, I’d like to wish you a happy Thanksgiving! Like millions of Americans, Michelle, Malia, Sasha and I will spend the day eating great food, watching a little football, and reflecting on how grateful we are that my administration’s policies are beginning to take effect.

We are especially thankful for your support that has made our achievements possible.

But, there are many other blessings we share today.

We’re grateful that men and women defending our country overseas can now freely love others of the same sex without fear of court-marshal thanks to my policy changes. To all the gay service members eating Thanksgiving dinner far from others in the GLBT community let me say: the American people are thinking of you. And you can be sure that when you come home, we intend to host in your honor the biggest Pride Parade that we can.

We’re also grateful for the Americans who are taking time out of their holiday to gather in tents on the cold streets of our major cities expressing their First Amendment rights to protest the exploitation of the top one percent of wealth hoarders. It brings tears to my eyes to know that someone is sticking up for the little guys out there being crushed by the powers of capitalism. The Occupy Wall Street patriots dare to stand up for the dream of income equality for all! We can be thankful that my administration is setting the course to transfer more wealth from those with too much in our society to those who are needy, poor and marginalized.

The very first Thanksgiving was a celebration of socialist community during a time of great hardship, and we have followed that example ever since. Even when the fate of our union was uncertain – during a Civil War, two World Wars, a Great Depression – the Stonewall riots — the Carter Administration — Woodstock — Americans drew strength from each other. They had revolutionary faith that demanding rights through class struggle will truly yield a tomorrow that is better than today.

As we gather around the table, we pause to remember the socialist pilgrims, gay rights pioneers, and feminists patriots who gave us the grand vision that this country might be great one day. Now it’s our turn to mount up against the capitalist oppressors, racist cabals and out of control bankers who are trying to hold us down. Today we are thankful for worker unity! We know that the forces of greed will not prevail against the onslaught of the people!

I know that with 9.2 percent unemployment, high food and gas prices, record low economic indicators across the board, this Thanksgiving is more difficult than most. But no matter how tough things are, we still take comfort in being able to argue that the problems we face didn’t develop overnight, and we won’t solve them overnight. We can still blame the other party and those who led it during the backward Bush years for getting us into this mess! For that I am truly thankful.

So today, I’m thankful to my supporters and generous donors who make it possible for me to serve as President and Commander-and-Chief. I am profoundly grateful to have had this chance the last three years to travel the world apologizing for America’s wrongs and to stand up for hope and change. I’m thankful that my daughters will get a chance to grow up in a country that is steadily being transformed into a place we can all be proud of soon.

Thanks to you all, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


34 posted on 11/25/2011 10:32:19 PM PST by garjog
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To: chris37

Thank You Rev. Wright. ;)


35 posted on 11/26/2011 7:23:37 AM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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To: choctaw man

He doesn’t mention “God” because his translation for “God” is “Allah” and he cannot confirm this officially. This man is a Muslim...


36 posted on 11/26/2011 7:25:27 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Libloather

And here is a link and text to GWB’s last Thanksgiving Address. He also fails to thank God.

http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2008/11/20081126-11.html

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This week, Americans gather with loved ones to celebrate Thanksgiving. This holiday season is a time of fellowship and peace. And it is a time to give thanks for our many blessings.

During this holiday season, we give thanks for generations of Americans who overcame hardships to create and sustain a free Nation. When the Pilgrims celebrated their first Thanksgiving nearly four centuries ago, they had already suffered through a harsh and bitter winter. But they were willing to endure that adversity to live in a land where they could worship the Almighty without persecution. When President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863, the United States was in the midst of a terrible civil war. But in that hour of trial he gave thanks — because he believed America would weather the storm and emerge into a new era of liberty.

During this holiday season, we give thanks for those who defend our freedom. America’s men and women in uniform deserve our highest respect — and so do the families who love and support them. Lately, I have been asked what I will miss about the presidency. And my answer is that I will miss being the Commander-in-Chief of these brave warriors. In this special time of year, when many of them are serving in distant lands, they are in the thoughts and prayers of all Americans.

During this holiday season, we give thanks for the kindness of citizens throughout our Nation. It is a testament to the goodness of our people that on Thanksgiving, millions of Americans reach out to those who have little. The true spirit of the holidays can be seen in the generous volunteers who bring comfort to the poor and the sick and the elderly. These men and women are selfless members of our Nation’s armies of compassion — and they make our country a better place, one heart and one soul at a time.

Finally, I have a special note of thanks to the American people. On this, my last Thanksgiving as your President, I am thankful for the good will, kind words, and heartfelt prayers that so many of you have offered me during the past eight years. I have been blessed to represent such decent, brave, and caring people. For that, I will always be grateful, and I will always be honored. Thank you for listening.


37 posted on 11/29/2011 5:28:56 PM PST by robrose68 (undecided)
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