Obama talk on economic troubles turns to religion
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.
“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.
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)