Obama talk on economic troubles turns to religion

April 14, 2009

When things are down and out people tend to go in search of higher powers.

And President Barack Obama is, after all, a person (and does not walk on water like some fans might believe).

His speech on the economy, given in a hall with painted religious figures at Georgetown University, a Jesuit school, was sprinkled with religious metaphors. Perhaps he’s hoping for some divine intervention out of the country’s financial mess.

(The religious metaphors come on the heels of Obama’s first attendance at a Sunday church service since he became president. Coincidence?) OBAMA/

“There is a parable at the end of the Sermon on the Mount that tells the story of two men. The first built his house on a pile of sand, and it was destroyed as soon as the storm hit,” Obama said.

“But the second is known as the wise man, for when ‘…the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house…it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.”

And wait for it… here it comes… the tying of the Sermon on the Mount to the U.S. economy…

“We cannot rebuild this economy on the same pile of sand. We must build our house upon a rock,” Obama said.

And the president isn’t the only one in government getting religion on the economy.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave a speech titled “Four Questions about the Financial Crisis” — a reference to the Jewish holiday of Passover.

“As you may know, a highlight of the traditional Passover meal occurs when the youngest child asks four questions, the answers to which tell the history of the Jews when they were slaves in Egypt and during their exodus to the Promised Land,” the head of the U.S. central bank said.

“In the spirit of the holiday, today I will pose and answer four important questions about the financial crisis,” Bernanke said.


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Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama at Georgetown University), Reuters/Str Old (Aerial view near Sea of Galilee of hill where Jesus gave Sermon on the Mount)


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This is so twisted. The desire people have to work and earn, and enjoy their rewards is something you can depend on, a rock. The shifting positions of politicians is always quicksand. Never in the world’s history has any country ever spent like this and succeeded, in the case of Rome it eventually fell.

Obama is like a slithering snake in the grass. He’ll sneak up from any angle he can find, and religion should never be used like this.

We deserve a better leader than this, and the media and the way it covered for him, cheered for him, and carries his water has a huge responsibility in this mess. That they are among the first industries to down down in flames is ironic, and fitting.

Posted by Roger | Report as abusive

Roger, You’re so right. The Bush administration would never have used religion as a political tool the way Obama does.

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive

I love it when Obama pulls out the biblical references, because it makes the right go apoplectic.

Almost as much as being reminded of how “conservative ideology” now equals “economic disaster.”

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive

Roger, you are exactly right. It doesn’t matter what the grumblings are from the other side. They are smug because they actually sneaked a progressive in with the fools who voted for him.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

Obama: There can only be one, ‘One’.

Some people have argued that Obama does not want to use religion to further a political ideology. However, Obama did evoke the Sermon on the Mount, at this Georgetown appearance, to further his economic agenda. Although Obama failed to mention Jesus Christ by name for the Sermon on the Mount.

“There is a parable at the end of the Sermon on the Mount that tells a story of two men…‘the rain descended and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house…it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock,’” Obama said.

“We cannot rebuild this economy on the same pile of sand,” he added. “We must build our house upon a rock.”

The last statement is particularly ironic since building your house upon a ‘ROCK‘ means to build your house with Christ as the foundation. Obama decided to blot out the real foundation from the timeless parable.

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Posted by Melissa | Report as abusive