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Obama Uses Funeral Service to Talk About Himself
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Posted on 12/22/2012 8:21:26 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Obama Uses Funeral Service to Talk About Himself Daniel Halper December 22, 2012 10:34 AM

President Barack Obama used the funeral for Hawaii senator Daniel Inouye to talk about himself. In the short 1,600 word speech, Obama used the word "my" 21 times, "me" 12 times, and "I" 30 times.

Obama's speech discussed how Inouye had gotten him interested in politics. "Danny was elected to the U.S. Senate when I was two years old," he said.

Speaking to the audience at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Obama talked about his family and their vacations. "Now, even though my mother and grandparents took great pride that they had voted for him, I confess that I wasn't paying much attention to the United States Senate at the age of four or five or six. It wasn't until I was 11 years old that I recall even learning what a U.S. senator was, or it registering, at least. It was during my summer vacation with my family -- my first trip to what those of us in Hawaii call the Mainland," said Obama.

So we flew over the ocean, and with my mother and my grandmother and my sister, who at the time was two, we traveled around the country. It was a big trip. We went to Seattle, and we went to Disneyland -- which was most important. We traveled to Kansas where my grandmother's family was from, and went to Chicago, and went to Yellowstone. And we took Greyhound buses most of the time, and we rented cars, and we would stay at local motels or Howard Johnson's. And if there was a pool at one of these motels, even if it was just tiny, I would be very excited. And the ice machine was exciting -- and the vending machine, I was really excited about that.

But this is at a time when you didn’t have 600 stations and 24 hours' worth of cartoons. And so at night, if the TV was on, it was what your parents decided to watch. And my mother that summer would turn on the TV every night during this vacation and watch the Watergate hearings. And I can't say that I understood everything that was being discussed, but I knew the issues were important. I knew they spoke to some basic way about who we were and who we might be as Americans.

And so, slowly, during the course of this trip, which lasted about a month, some of this seeped into my head. And the person who fascinated me most was this man of Japanese descent with one arm, speaking in this courtly baritone, full of dignity and grace. And maybe he captivated my attention because my mom explained that this was our senator and that he was upholding what our government was all about. Maybe it was a boyhood fascination with the story of how he had lost his arm in a war. But I think it was more than that.

Now, here I was, a young boy with a white mom, a black father, raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. And I was beginning to sense how fitting into the world might not be as simple as it might seem. And so to see this man, this senator, this powerful, accomplished person who wasn't out of central casting when it came to what you'd think a senator might look like at the time, and the way he commanded the respect of an entire nation I think it hinted to me what might be possible in my own life.

Obama also mentioned the heroic life of Inouye. "And so we remember a man who inspired all of us with his courage, and moved us with his compassion, that inspired us with his integrity, and who taught so many of us -- including a young kid growing up in Hawaii –-- that America has a place for everyone," Obama concluded.


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1 posted on 12/22/2012 8:21:30 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Four more years of this crap and then on to overpaid speaking tours. How do I keep my sanity?


2 posted on 12/22/2012 8:26:10 AM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Is this a joke? Satire? Are you telling me this is the speech he gave?


3 posted on 12/22/2012 8:26:17 AM PST by Mangia E Statti Zitto
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To: Sub-Driver
wow. When was this funeral? I remember the senator as being a self-infatuated blowhard, like most senators...out of central casting
4 posted on 12/22/2012 8:26:32 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: Sub-Driver

I watched about 2 min worth. Even for a narcissist that was awfully tacky. Where are his handlers? Out to pasture, I suppose.


5 posted on 12/22/2012 8:28:16 AM PST by HomeAtLast ( If you care to reply, PM or risk non-detection amid ME ping list entries)
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To: Sub-Driver

I absolutely despise that man. G-d help America.


6 posted on 12/22/2012 8:28:29 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto

This man is simply unbelievable...he’s in love with himself. What an ego! He thinks he’s Lincoln...when in fact he isn’t good enough to be Lincoln’s butler...had Abe ever wanted one.

The guy’s in love with the distored image ABCBSNBCNNPR have of him. Simple amazing!


7 posted on 12/22/2012 8:28:54 AM PST by kjo (+)
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To: Sub-Driver
I would say "unbelievable", but sadly it is all too believable.
8 posted on 12/22/2012 8:31:09 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Sub-Driver

“He was a great guy, a real hero. But enough about him...”


9 posted on 12/22/2012 8:32:00 AM PST by Rocky (Obama is pure evil.)
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To: kjo

The man thinks America is his butler, we exist to serve him.


10 posted on 12/22/2012 8:33:42 AM PST by DaveyB (Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. -John Adams)
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To: Sub-Driver

Before flying off to his Hawaiian “Eagle’s Nest”.


11 posted on 12/22/2012 8:35:19 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Sub-Driver

In the last month, he’s had a dinosaur and a spider named after him, so a lot of supposedly smart people or at least educated, are buying into this stuff and imposing it on the rest of us.


12 posted on 12/22/2012 8:42:42 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: Sub-Driver

A total Narcissist with zero insight into himself. A dangerous combination to be sitting in the Whitehouse.


13 posted on 12/22/2012 8:51:23 AM 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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W O W...
obama, his mother, sister, and grandmother were able to take a month long vacation to the Mainland and stay in motels, that means eating out a lot of meals, forty years ago...and his mother was on food stamps at the time...what a great learning experience he had...

what a miracle...he just has lived the most exciting life of any other President..

and his daughters enjoy a Hawaiian vacation every Christmas..
what an embarrassment he truly is...

14 posted on 12/22/2012 8:53:21 AM PST by haircutter
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To: Georgia Girl 2

He’s a giant, talking hemorrhoid!


15 posted on 12/22/2012 8:55:56 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: HomeAtLast

I watched about 2 min worth. Even for a narcissist that was awfully tacky. Where are his handlers? Out to pasture, I suppose.


Barring impeachment over F&F or Bengazhi, they figure he can do/say anything now as “ HE WON”


16 posted on 12/22/2012 9:01:45 AM PST by patriotspride
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To: Mangia E Statti Zitto; Mamzelle

Obama at Funeral Service for Senator Daniel Ken Inouye
21 December 2012

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
December 21, 2012

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
AT FUNERAL SERVICE FOR
SENATOR DANIEL KEN INOUYE
National Cathedral
Washington, D.C.
11:50 A.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: To Irene, Ken, Jennifer, Danny’s friends and former colleagues, it is an extraordinary honor to be here with you in this magnificent place to pay tribute to a man who would probably we wondering what all the fuss is about.

This Tuesday was in many ways a day like any other. The sun rose; the sun set; the great work of our democracy carried on. But in a fundamental sense it was different. It was the first day in many of our lives — certainly my own — that the halls of the United States Congress were not graced by the presence of Daniel Ken Inouye.

Danny was elected to the U.S. Senate when I was two years old. He had been elected to Congress a couple of years before I was born. He would remain my senator until I left Hawaii for college.

Now, even though my mother and grandparents took great pride that they had voted for him, I confess that I wasn’t paying much attention to the United States Senate at the age of four or five or six. It wasn’t until I was 11 years old that I recall even learning what a U.S. senator was, or it registering, at least. It was during my summer vacation with my family — my first trip to what those of us in Hawaii call the Mainland.

So we flew over the ocean, and with my mother and my grandmother and my sister, who at the time was two, we traveled around the country. It was a big trip. We went to Seattle, and we went to Disneyland — which was most important. We traveled to Kansas where my grandmother’s family was from, and went to Chicago, and went to Yellowstone. And we took Greyhound buses most of the time, and we rented cars, and we would stay at local motels or Howard Johnson’s. And if there was a pool at one of these motels, even if it was just tiny, I would be very excited. And the ice machine was exciting — and the vending machine, I was really excited about that.

But this is at a time when you didn’t have 600 stations and 24 hours’ worth of cartoons. And so at night, if the TV was on, it was what your parents decided to watch. And my mother that summer would turn on the TV every night during this vacation and watch the Watergate hearings. And I can’t say that I understood everything that was being discussed, but I knew the issues were important. I knew they spoke to some basic way about who we were and who we might be as Americans.

And so, slowly, during the course of this trip, which lasted about a month, some of this seeped into my head. And the person who fascinated me most was this man of Japanese descent with one arm, speaking in this courtly baritone, full of dignity and grace. And maybe he captivated my attention because my mom explained that this was our senator and that he was upholding what our government was all about. Maybe it was a boyhood fascination with the story of how he had lost his arm in a war. But I think it was more than that.

Now, here I was, a young boy with a white mom, a black father, raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. And I was beginning to sense how fitting into the world might not be as simple as it might seem. And so to see this man, this senator, this powerful, accomplished person who wasn’t out of central casting when it came to what you’d think a senator might look like at the time, and the way he commanded the respect of an entire nation I think it hinted to me what might be possible in my own life.

This was a man who as a teenager stepped up to serve his country even after his fellow Japanese Americans were declared enemy aliens; a man who believed in America even when its government didn’t necessarily believe in him. That meant something to me. It gave me a powerful sense — one that I couldn’t put into words — a powerful sense of hope.

And as I watched those hearings, listening to Danny ask all those piercing questions night after night, I learned something else. I learned how our democracy was supposed to work, our government of and by and for the people; that we had a system of government where nobody is above the law, where we have an obligation to hold each other accountable, from the average citizen to the most powerful of leaders, because these things that we stand for, these ideals that we hold dear are bigger than any one person or party or politician.

And, somehow, nobody communicated that more effectively than Danny Inouye. You got a sense, as Joe mentioned, of just a fundamental integrity; that he was a proud Democrat, but most importantly, he was a proud American. And were it not for those two insights planted in my head at the age of 11, in between Disneyland and a trip to Yellowstone, I might never have considered a career in public service. I might not be standing here today.

I think it’s fair to say that Danny Inouye was perhaps my earliest political inspiration. And then, for me to have the privilege of serving with him, to be elected to the United States Senate and arrive, and one of my first visits is to go to his office, and for him to greet me as a colleague, and treat me with the same respect that he treated everybody he met, and to sit me down and give me advice about how the Senate worked and then regale me with some stories about wartime and his recovery — stories full of humor, never bitterness, never boastfulness, just matter-of-fact — some of them I must admit a little off-color. I couldn’t probably repeat them in the cathedral. (Laughter.) There’s a side of Danny that — well.

Danny once told his son his service to this country had been for the children, or all the sons and daughters who deserved to grow up in a nation that never questioned their patriotism. This is my country, he said. Many of us have fought hard for the right to say that. And, obviously, Rick Shinseki described what it meant for Japanese Americans, but my point is, is that when he referred to our sons and daughters he wasn’t just talking about Japanese Americans. He was talking about all of us. He was talking about those who serve today who might have been excluded in the past. He’s talking about me.

And that’s who Danny was. For him, freedom and dignity were not abstractions. They were values that he had bled for, ideas he had sacrificed for, rights he understood as only someone can who has had them threatened, had them taken away.

The valor that earned him our nation’s highest military decoration — a story so incredible that when you actually read the accounts, you think this — you couldn’t make this up. It’s like out of an action movie. That valor was so rooted in a deep and abiding love of this country. And he believed, as we say in Hawaii that we’re a single ‘ohana — that we’re one family. And he devoted his life to making that family strong.

After experiencing the horror of war himself, Danny also felt a profound connection to those who followed. It wasn’t unusual for him to take time out of his busy schedule to sit down with a veteran or a fellow amputee, trading stories, telling jokes — two heroes, generations apart, sharing an unspoken bond that was forged in battle and tempered in peace. In no small measure because of Danny’s service, our military is, and will always remain, the best in the world, and we recognize our sacred obligation to give our veterans the care they deserve.

Of course, Danny didn’t always take credit for the difference he made. Ever humble, one of the only landmarks that bear his name is a Marine Corps mess hall in Hawaii. And when someone asked him how he wanted to be remembered, Danny said, “I represented the people of Hawaii and this nation honestly and to the best of my ability. I think I did okay.”

Danny, you were more than okay. You were extraordinary.

It’s been mentioned that Danny ended his convention speech in Chicago in 1968 with the word, “aloha.” “To some of you who visited us, it may have meant hello,” he said, but “To others, it may have meant goodbye. Those of us who’ve been privileged to live in Hawaii understand aloha means I love you.”

And as someone who has been privileged to live in Hawaii, I know that he embodied the very best of that spirit, the very best of “aloha.” It’s fitting it was the last word that Danny spoke on this Earth. He may have been saying goodbye to us. Maybe he was saying hello to someone waiting on the other side. But it was a final expression most of all of his love for the family and friends that he cared so much about, for the men and women he was honored to serve with, for the country that held such a special place in his heart.

And so we remember a man who inspired all of us with his courage, and moved us with his compassion, that inspired us with his integrity, and who taught so many of us — including a young kid growing up in Hawaii –— that America has a place for everyone.

May God bless Daniel Inouye. And may God grant us more souls like his.

END 11:58 A.M. EST


17 posted on 12/22/2012 9:02:24 AM PST by thouworm (.)
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To: raybbr
"Four more years of this crap and then on to overpaid speaking tours. How do I keep my sanity?"

Just decide that your sanity is more important than that silly SOB!

18 posted on 12/22/2012 9:04:33 AM PST by OldEagle
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To: Sub-Driver
I find it profoundly disgusting the way this man manipulates the memories of the dead--(and even though Inouye's politics were not mine, he was a much bigger man than Obama--he was an adult, which Obama will never be, and he dealt with far greater issues of prejudice and unfair treatment, and he did not WHINE)--and tries to make himself part of everything of importance.

Gag.
19 posted on 12/22/2012 9:05:02 AM PST by Nepeta
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To: Sub-Driver

I wished I could say that I was shocked, but I’m not. Leftists are narcisistic by their natures.

He is such an unbearable putz.


20 posted on 12/22/2012 9:11:11 AM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: HomeAtLast; kingattax; CAluvdubya; Ms. AntiFeminazi
Where are his handlers?

After he gets back from his Hawaii vacation where he spoke at
Inouye's funeral:

What the hell, Barack? What did you mean by "America
has a place for everyone"? You know damn well THAT is
not true!

21 posted on 12/22/2012 9:15:21 AM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - V. Lenin)
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To: HomeAtLast

You asked where Obama’s handlers were????? Election is over, he doesn’t need them anymore. GOD help our country from Obama.


22 posted on 12/22/2012 9:16:19 AM PST by kagnew (u)
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To: Nepeta; Sub-Driver
and tries to make himself part of everything of importance.

Like Zelig, or like Forrest Gump?

23 posted on 12/22/2012 9:28:31 AM PST by thecodont
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To: Sub-Driver

Well, I for one am so very THANKFUL he spoke 63 times all about himself. He keeps doing this. It is just GREAT! I mean, how else would we ever even hear of the existence of this wonderfully beneficent Savior of the whole world?


24 posted on 12/22/2012 9:32:08 AM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: Sub-Driver

nar·cis·sism [nahr-suh-siz-em] noun

1. inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self-love; vanity. Synonyms: self-centeredness, smugness, egocentrism.

2. Psychoanalysis . erotic gratification derived from admiration of one’s own physical or mental attributes, being a normal condition at the infantile level of personality development.


25 posted on 12/22/2012 9:32:39 AM PST by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: Sub-Driver

People who were in office when I was 2 years old, I call Mr. not Danny.


26 posted on 12/22/2012 9:38:18 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Sub-Driver

And as usual he’s fabricating his life history. Inouye was elected in 1962 and sworn in in Jan. 1963 when 0 was 1 not 2 years old.
The Watergate hearings were in the summer of 1973 not 1972 when 0 was 11 years old. He’s told this story before in some speech or maybe it’s in one of his fictional biographies. I’m not sure any more.
His sister Maya did not turn 2 until August 15 1972 and in a picture I have seen of the two of them together on this trip she looks exactly the right age of an almost 2 year old.
When you put all of this together I don’t believe the whole Watergate-Inouye story. As most things in 0’s biography this doesn’t make sense.


27 posted on 12/22/2012 9:42:46 AM PST by Albertafriend
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To: Sub-Driver

narcissist communist with a god complex. a real bad combo.


28 posted on 12/22/2012 9:45:59 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“”It wasn’t until I was 11 years old that I recall even learning what a U.S. senator was, or it registering, at least. It was during my summer vacation with my family””

I don’t feel like forgiving him for not knowing how old he was when the hearings took place. He lies about what time the sun comes up in the morning.

Born 1961 + 11 = 1972

The Watergate break in was 1972 - hearings a year later.

So what WAS Granny watching on TV in the motel rooms? Maybe he’ll address this at the next funeral he goes to.


29 posted on 12/22/2012 9:47:57 AM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: Albertafriend

You beat me to it but only because I was waiting for my nails to dry....


30 posted on 12/22/2012 9:50:46 AM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: Secret Agent Man

Here’s a good test for Mr. Bigshot.

http://psychcentral.com/quizzes/narcissistic.htm


31 posted on 12/22/2012 9:51:57 AM PST by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: faithhopecharity

“”how else would we ever even hear of the existence of this wonderfully beneficent Savior of the whole world?””

You forgot to add - “and the wonderful, close relationship he had with his family.”

THAT HAD to be the most dysfunctional family imaginable.


32 posted on 12/22/2012 9:58:21 AM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: Thank You Rush

Yeah, like I car that his family rented a car and went to Disneyland? This is appropriate to shaere as part of a eulogy?


33 posted on 12/22/2012 10:02:44 AM PST by CityCenter (Compromise is the welcome mat to deception.)
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To: Dick Bachert

There is a cure for such malignant narcisism; a mental institution.


34 posted on 12/22/2012 10:07:22 AM PST by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall hear all about me ... me ... me...”

Gospel of Barry

(and for those who missed the service, his office has available ipods loaded with his speeches. The perfect stocking stuffer for the marxists on your shopping list)


35 posted on 12/22/2012 10:17:03 AM PST by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: Sub-Driver
" Narcistic......."

Well, this is nothing new. In his practice of never letting a crisis go to waste in order to exploit himself, he took over the Tucson Memorial for those slain in an attack and turned it into a political rally complete with campaign tee shirts folded over every seat in the auditorium.

Then, in more recent memory he hijacked the plane carrying the bodies of our slain Ambassador and Navy SEALs that was headed for the US morgue at Dover, Delaware. He diverted the plane to Andrews AFB which is closer to D.C. so he and Hillary could perform a photo op for the media without interrupting his scheduled visit with Olympic athletes at the White House later in the day.

He's something special, this Obama. (or, at least he thinks so!)

36 posted on 12/22/2012 10:24:51 AM PST by Baynative
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To: Sub-Driver

63/1600 words were about Barkey. That’s got to set a record for a eulogy.


37 posted on 12/22/2012 10:38:44 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: faithhopecharity
This is a good pic... How do you like the crowns on the scarf? How fitting...


38 posted on 12/22/2012 10:58:40 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools we will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Sub-Driver

They called the 80s the “me generation” but “I, I, I, me, me, me,” defines this presidency.


39 posted on 12/22/2012 10:59:02 AM PST by newzjunkey (bah)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

That can’t be a REAL picture, can it?
He had Christian universities cover up all Christian symbols and crosses when he spoke on their campuses....
I knew he tries to pretend some Christian faith but he’s been pretty consistent at insulting or attacking anything relating to the Church


40 posted on 12/22/2012 11:06:10 AM PST by faithhopecharity
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To: SkyDancer
I absolutely despise that man. G-d help America.

I absolutely despise every person that voted for that fool.

41 posted on 12/22/2012 11:14:53 AM PST by Digger
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To: Venturer
That was the first thing I noticed...How disrespectful.

Title this: Obama makes up a new career story.

42 posted on 12/22/2012 11:17:59 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Digger

If America was divided by the last election, this one is even more divisive.


43 posted on 12/22/2012 11:43:38 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: haircutter

This was my initial thought. We were given the “I was raised by a poor single mother who struggled to put food on the table” routine. Now we hear about a month long trip to the mainland, three adults, two chidren, flying by jet and sightseeing all over the US. Which is it Barack, privileged or poor?


44 posted on 12/22/2012 11:55:32 AM PST by Toespi
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To: Sub-Driver
In the short 1,600 word speech, Obama used the word "my" 21 times, "me" 12 times, and "I" 30 times.

And he said "we" 11 times.

45 posted on 12/22/2012 12:35:58 PM PST by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: Sacajaweau

Yeah well he still isn’t talking about how he got to college, who paid for it and was he a foreign student.

He didn’t say who paid for his Pakistani trip with his Homo room mate either.


46 posted on 12/22/2012 1:33:44 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Sub-Driver

Sadly, Dems have a long history now of using the sorrow and misery of death as a political rally. Hate, terror and sadness feed the political zeal of leftists.


47 posted on 12/22/2012 1:43:20 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Sub-Driver
Very much like the feces Billyboy Clinton used to smear on the walls when making up stories about his own youth.
48 posted on 12/22/2012 2:09:11 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: txnativegop
There is a cure for such malignant narcisism; a mental institution.

To save money, they have mostly been closed down for a couple of decades.


49 posted on 12/22/2012 2:20:09 PM PST by magooey (The Mandate of Heaven resides in the hearts of men.)
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To: Mamzelle
Inouye? He was a bit of a nut case. Had psychological problems earlier on.

He sat on the Senate panel questioning LTC North after the Contra Affair. Apparently he took some sort of offense that North appeared (appropriately) in full uniform. Ollie North had medals up to his shoulder blade. Well, Inouye for some obscure reason showed up the next day in civilian clothing, but with all of his medals from WWII pinned to his business suit.

No, Inouye wasn't all there, used to be nicknamed "InNoWay,"

50 posted on 12/22/2012 2:31:42 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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