April 20, 2011

Rush Limbaugh puts the Resurrection in perspective.

Today, Rush Limbaugh went off on Obama for saying this about Easter:
We are reminded that there's something about the Resurrection, something about the Resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ, that puts everything else in perspective.
It's not the most eloquent or insightful thing anyone ever said about Easter, but, good lord, let it go. But Rush does not let it go:
I've just never heard [the Resurrection] discussed this way.  When he discusses the call to prayer in the Muslim world as being one of the sweetest sounds in the world, I mean that's an eloquent way to describe the Muslim call to prayer.  Here we're talking the Resurrection.  There's something about that....

You know, after hearing him describe it that way, I'm actually surprised that Obama doesn't think of Easter as the day a big rabbit comes out of his hole and, depending on whether he sees his shadow or not, tells us if we're in for a long winter.  
Rush repeats the line "puts everything else in perspective" 13 times in that segment. The only reason for getting that worked up about the casual, nonspecific way Obama talked about the Resurrection would be if you if you felt profound reverence toward it. But if you felt profound reverence about it, you wouldn't use it for cheap political leverage against the President.

94 comments:

Luther said...

Any person can be an idiot at times, ask me. I never listen to Rush, but he has his say, as does the President. They are both judged on the merits of their words, not their position, such as they are. Or, should be anyway.

vw - unsess. Naw, nothing is unsaid nowadays.

Lem said...

But if you felt profound reverence about it, you wouldn't use it for cheap political leverage against the President.

In Rush case Obamas race precludes a whole bunch of leverage.. Rush is just making sure he doesn't miss anything.

Carol_Herman said...

Rush hates Obama's guts.

At least Rush got his reputation going long ago. Before Obama showed up on anyone's radar screen.

I much prefer Donald Trump's attitude. Has nothing to do with Jesus at all.

While there's a very interesting book out there: BASEBALL IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN.

The concept is that baseball is so old it is detailed in the hieroglyphics. Whatever floats your boat.

Paddy O said...

I'm seeing this line quoted a lot on Facebook, mostly by my theologian friends:

"Let us commit our spirit to the pursuit of a life that is true, to act justly and to love mercy and walk humbly with the Lord. And when we falter, as we will, let redemption -- through commitment and through perseverance and through faith -- be our abiding hope and fervent prayer."

As far as the quote that Rush is responding to, I don't find it all that unique (nor the quote I used) but it's perfectly typical.

That Rush has never heard the resurrection discussed that way probably says a lot more about Rush and how many times, and ways, he's heard the resurrection discussed.

He's trying to stir doubt among people who need to be shown what opinions to have on subjects in order to stay on the right side. Obama's speech, so I hear, was well received, and we can't have that.

Chuck66 said...

I'm pretty right wing, but I can't stand ranters. Those that have to be outraged about something every day. Rush and Ann Coulter on the right, and Michael Moore, Al Franken, and many others on the left.

I prefer to be informed then to be enraged.

Leo Ladenson said...

I think Rush has a point about Obama's rhapsodizing over the muezzin’s call to Muslim prayers. That call-–the adhan–-has been the soundtrack of Muslim persecution of Jews, Christians, Hindus, and others for more than a thousand years. It is the leitmotif of dhimmitude. And as such I find that comment by the president extremely troubling.

Lem said...

The only reason for getting that worked up about the casual, nonspecific way Obama talked about the Resurrection would be if you if you felt profound reverence toward it. But if you felt profound reverence about it, you wouldn't use it for cheap political leverage against the President.

Is Althouse concluding that Rush is a phony Christian?

Rush is the guy that early on was practically calling Obama a muslim almost everyday.

Thing have a way of turning around.. dont they?

wv brabats - Obama being judged by Pontius Rush.

bagoh20 said...

"But if you felt profound reverence about it, you wouldn't use it for cheap political leverage against the President."

That depends entirely on who you think the President is, and you and Rush don't see the same man.

vbspurs said...

I prefer to be informed then to be enraged.

Mark Levin is a ranter, Chuck. A pretty damn good one, if that floats your boat (which it doesn't you, or me, but for some reason, I love Levin's passion after taking me a while to get used to it).

Rush isn't a ranter. As Lem astutely mentioned, he is just making sure NOTHING Obama says, which is dodgy, goes unremarked upon.

But yes, Rush does hate Obama's guts.

Dose of Sanity said...

@Chuck

Well-said. I feel the same way, even though I'm pretty opposite in views from you.

Lem said...

I too like that quote Paddy O.

vbspurs said...

Is Althouse concluding that Rush is a phony Christian?

Rush isn't religious at all, that I have noticed. He strikes me as having the same kind of relationship to Christianity, that Ronald Reagan had. Acceptance, but not cloying participation.

You know what else Rush is? A snob.

The other day he was going on about "real men" and how he hates that men who work on their own roofs or cars are considered manly by many, as if manual labour were the only true criteria for manliness.

He said something like, "Why would I work on my roof? Those are hicks!".

I was actually a bit shocked, as I'm sure a lot of his listeners are manual labourers.

Lem said...

As Lem astutely mentioned, he is just making sure NOTHING Obama says, which is dodgy, goes unremarked upon.

Obama gets away with things one cannot help but ask.. what in havens name is the matter with Kansas?

See?.. anything, anybody, but Obama.

Revenant said...

It would have been interesting to see a reporter ask "Mr. President, what about the Resurrection puts everything else in perspective?"

Honestly, I don't know what that's supposed to mean. It probably isn't supposed to mean anything.

dp said...

At least Rush got his reputation going long ago. Before Obama showed up on anyone's radar screen.

Would that be his rep as an honest, principled commentator? Or, his rep as an anti drug crusader while abusing prescription drugs that weren't his? I lost my respect for Rush a long time ago.

vbspurs said...

See?.. anything, anybody, but Obama.

The Fed. The US dollar. Strong global markets. The war(s). And not even a reference to "the Obama Administration", let alone to Obama's anti-business/anti-drilling posture.

Sigh.

Lem said...

You know what else Rush is? A snob.

Yeap..

I remember when he was married to Martha.. one day he went on and on about why should he have to rinse the shower after he bathed.. 'isn't that what the cleaning lady is for'.. or something to that effect.

Even if one agrees with him.. that is not something you say on the air.

G Joubert said...

But if you felt profound reverence about it, you wouldn't use it for cheap political leverage against the President.

Why not? Obama is the one who brought it up first, as a cheap political prop. And it is kind of strange for a supposed devout Christian to say "There's something about the the Resurrection...", as if it were a quaint little happening.

his rep as an anti drug crusader while abusing prescription drugs that weren't his?

Funny, I've been listening to him since 1989, and I don't remember Limbaugh _ever_ being on an anti-drug crusade. That's never been his issue. You made that up.

Titus said...

If any of you fly in India on any of their airlines it will be like flying in the U.S. in the 70's.

Very hot flight attendants, good food and excellent services.

Emirates flight crew is absolutely fierce. So is Air France. Those sky sluts are on it, every minute. You will forget about your American flight for a brief moment.

I am so global and rich...and I love it.

JAL said...

It's (he's) Rush.

He repeats everything 13 times. After I heard him say it the 4th time I closed the tab.

Lem said...

"There's something about the the Resurrection..."

I'm being given up for dead.. but watch me, watch me come back.. like some Laker team..
or something close to that.

JAL said...

On the other hand, I thought Obama was just saying ... something ... which was nothing ... because he had to say it to keep the cred up ("Lord and Savior" -- Bush would have been crucified.)

I mean -- look at it -- what he said was stupid.

Lem said...

And her I was reminiscing of Boots on the ground Titus ;)

Remember Mass. and a senator to be named later.

You know.. somebody might say you (Titus) gave Meade an idea.. or shall we say Planted a seed ;)

Media Meade?
Boots on the Ground Titus?

Ain't the English Language just Grand?

vbspurs said...

Emirates flight crew is absolutely fierce.

I collect those flight goody bags airlines used to give out like candy. The Emirates one my dad received when he flew them was INCREDIBLE. Bulgari everything. At least $250 worth of stuff.

vbspurs said...

Even if one agrees with him.. that is not something you say on the air.

I know people will say that this is hypocritical, but I totally agree. There are things one says in the private sphere, amongst intimates, and things one can say in public.

vbspurs said...

Very hot flight attendants

There was a very brief moment in time, in the mid-to-late 60s, when upper-middle class girls from many countries in Europe & South America became stewardesses because it was considered elite to do so.

It meant you were physically attractive, had knowledge of various languages (which only comes with an bon ton education), and had the breeding not to be fazed by foreigners and their foreign ways.

The future mother-in-law to the future King of England, Carole Middleton, was a stewardess around this time.

She's still pretty hot.

The Crack Emcee said...

"If you felt profound reverence about it, you wouldn't use it for cheap political leverage against the President."

Why not? The man claims he's a Christian (which I've never bought: he's a NewAger, through and through) so why's he more eloquent about Islam than Christianity? is a fair question - if Christianity matters to you.

I've been advocating using beliefs against political opponents since Democrats used them against Bush - beliefs he didn't even hold - and not because I thought it was wrong, but (partially) because of how effective it was.

To not do so, now, is to single yourself out as the rube.

Penny said...

"Rush Limbaugh puts the Resurrection in perspective."

So if I wink at a guy who calls himself "Rush"?

Might I be Easter egging him on?

Karl said...

Titus

May or may not scan for you....but I have very fond memories of the AeroMexico stew-gal who kept my drinks coming and put her left tit in my ear every time she squeezed past.

The Delta connection to MKE sucked ass. Older, sour, fairey who resented doing customer service. yuk.

Lem said...

The future mother-in-law to the future King of England, Carole Middleton, was a stewardess around this time.

Well, around this time it looks like this..

Thank you for applying for the position of Transportation Security Officer (TSO) with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). You have met the minimum qualifications for this position and are now eligible to take the Computer Based Test (CBT). The CBT is administered at an authorized testing center and we encourage you to schedule and attend an appointment promptly, within the next seven (7) days if possible.

Wish me luck Vic..

Lombardi Chick said...

It's annoying to hear Obama talk about Christianity at all, because he is almost certainly not a Christian.

I'm not saying that because I believe he's a Muslim (though he clearly has some affinity for Muslims), but because looking at his background and his attendance at TUCC (which is NOT an authentic Christian church - it preaches Black Liberation Theology, which is a grotesque perversion of the real thing), and the ham-fisted way he uses scripture (for example, "my brother's keeper" does not refer to someone caring for their brother - far from it) - well, I just see no fruit. And I honestly doubt he's ever even been IN a mainstream Christian church...at least without politics being a consideration.

Rush is probably just irritated because he thinks Obama is a religious phony. I absolutely agree with him on that point.

bgates said...

if you felt profound reverence about it, you wouldn't use it for cheap political leverage against the President

The only way you could find his comments to be cheap political leverage would be if you felt the kind of profound reverence for Obama that some other people feel about the Resurrection.

I don't think Obama tries to be eloquent or insightful. He's much better off being vague and uplifting.

There's something about the Resurrection. We are reminded. It is in our minds. There is a thing in your mind, and a thing in my mind. It is the same thing. I think what you think. You want hope, and I offer hope. Look at the cross. Now back to me. It's two tickets to that thing you love. And health care. There's something about health that puts everything else in perspective.

I'm still astonished at how many people got suckered by that obvious con artist.

vbspurs said...

Wow, good luck, Lem! Deberas, suerte y abrazos. :)

Lem said...

..well, I just see no fruit.

Luke 4,

And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

If Rush says hes a believer I believe him.

Lem said...

Thanks sweetheart.

My plan is to one day make Titus proud.

TSA ;)

Penny said...

Do we have to lose one to have the rest come together?

Revenant said...

Emirates flight crew is absolutely fierce

Emirates aircraft look like what Air Force One would look like if the President of the United States could afford a classier ride.

Seriously, they're ridiculous. The new ones look like the bridge of the star ship Enterprise or something.

Penny said...

Personally?

Would rather gold it alone than lose Titus.

Lombardi Chick said...

If Rush says hes a believer I believe him.

I was talking about Obama, but I guess that must not have been clear.

vbspurs said...

Revenant wrote:

Seriously, they're ridiculous. The new ones look like the bridge of the star ship Enterprise or something.

LOL.

MamaM said...

In the greater
Story of Easter
A rooster's
Repeated crowing
Eventually
Reminded one
Who lied and denied
Of his failure
To honor
Promises made.

rhhardin said...

God damn America is Obama's usual Christianity, but he didn't think it would work at the prayer breakfast.

rhhardin said...

Rush's larger than life persona doesn't work when he takes a moral position, so the show goes flat until he gets over it.

Otherwise it's really self-deprecation, and self-deprecation always works.

It's not certain that Rush is taking a moral position for himself, just the lit crit position that Obama's attempt at depth is strikingly banal.

Which is a move against the media messiah narrative.

Rush doesn't hate Obama; he hates the media.

Alan said...

"Let us commit our spirit to the pursuit of a life that is true, to act justly and to love mercy and walk humbly with the Lord. And when we falter, as we will, let redemption -- through commitment and through perseverance and through faith -- be our abiding hope and fervent prayer."

Obama lost me at the word "humbly." I don't want to hear a megalomaniac talk about humility. I don't want to hear Eliot Spitzer talk about marital fidelity. I don't want to hear Kelo-loving Donald Trump talk about property rights. I don't want to hear Danny Glover or other Castro-loving Hollywood liberals talk about any kind of civil rights. Bald-faced hypocrisy leaves the bitterest taste in the mouth.

Lem said...

Which is a move against the media messiah narrative.

If Obama is a first, isn't the messiah (a second coming) all wrong for the media and Obama to try to sell people on?

I got them on false advertising right there ;)

rhhardin said...

The Easter story never made any sense to me, as a religious matter.

It's a machine with too many moving parts.

If Obama had said that instead, it would have been something.

Lem said...

Exactly..

That's the reason why Obama can practically say anything he wants about Christianity.. he could not be on 'safer' ground.

Lem said...

Obama is also like The Kings Speech..

Not only is the delivery itself a cause for celebration.. we are all made spectators of his cause that is continuously said to be bigger than our mere selves.

Michael said...

Obama is so completely full of shit about everything it is hard to get extra worked up about this one,but I actually heard the president's remarks and they were jaw droppingly offhand, casual almost self referencing in their very utterance. He was probably rolling up his sleeves and holding the mike out like he does. What a complete dipshit.

Timothy said...

Obama's message seems pretty good to me (at least for a politician). It's good to see that he recognizes something greater than the State... now only if he would act like that.

Issob Morocco said...

Ann Opined, "The only reason for getting that worked up about the casual, nonspecific way Obama talked about the Resurrection would be if you if you felt profound reverence toward it. But if you felt profound reverence about it, you wouldn't use it for cheap political leverage against the President."

Do you mean like the President did for political leverage by mentioning it the way he did?

If so your message connects.

Its a bitch when the right fight back with the weapons of the left.

traditionalguy said...

What the Professor said. Rush has stumbled on the same stone that Obama stumbled on, which is the cross. There is something about the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus that we celebrate on Easter....but what is it? It is the an historical event which shines it's light onto everything else before it and after it expressing God's power and love. Obama is precisely right about what he says, and that really bothers Rush because Obama is usually a 24/7 lying machine. Rush could not find the words, but it seems that Rush sees it is improper for the Satan to confess that he believes in the Son of God's eternal, irrevocable victory over himself. But that is logically correct, so point for Obama and Satan.

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Mary Beth said...

Obama's statement is so vague it is meaningless. The same thing could be said about any day of observance: Christmas, Independence Day, Earth Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day...they all put everything else into perspective. In fact, I think I might understand what is meant a little better if someone said those other days put things into perspective.

edutcher said...

Rush has to come up with about 2 hours of original material 5 days a week (only about an hour goes to fielding calls). He's gonna pop out a few clunkers simply due to the law of averages.

vbspurs said...

You know what else Rush is? A snob.

The other day he was going on about "real men" and how he hates that men who work on their own roofs or cars are considered manly by many, as if manual labour were the only true criteria for manliness.

He said something like, "Why would I work on my roof? Those are hicks!".

I was actually a bit shocked, as I'm sure a lot of his listeners are manual labourers.


Victor Davis Hanson goes the other way; the only men are the ones who work in the dirt with their hands.

The Blonde and I have had this discussion a few times as her brothers are "handy" (fix the plumbing, car repair, etc.), while I am the one she calls when the computer won't work the way she wants.

I contend my contribution is just as good as theirs. She, on occasion, demurs. Probably the only bone of contention between us and a real dividing line for most people.

Tibore said...

"Chuck66 said...
I'm pretty right wing, but I can't stand ranters. Those that have to be outraged about something every day. Rush and Ann Coulter on the right, and Michael Moore, Al Franken, and many others on the left.

I prefer to be informed then to be enraged."


Ditto. It drives me nuts that too many people view ranting as simply "telling the truth". Just because it can be doesn't mean that it always is.

Anyway, yes, I too can't stand the ranters and ravers on either side of the spectrum. I want to say "Take it to a bartender or something".

Lucius Septimius said...

I've never been a Rush fan (unless we're talking Geddy Lee) -- frankly this sounds like a cage-death match between two narcissists.

If you want conservative talk radio, listen to Neil Boortz -- at least he's funny.

Tibore said...

"vbspurs said...
Is Althouse concluding that Rush is a phony Christian?

Rush isn't religious at all, that I have noticed...

...You know what else Rush is? A snob."


Thank you!! Too many people to whom I've noted that Rush is too often exclusive treat that observation as if it's heresy. It seems that too many are in too big a hurry to either apologize or gloss over legitimate criticism of the man. That doesn't strike me as agreement; that strikes me as worship. And it's annoying.

It's also aggravating in a different manner: The thing that absolutely annoys me - in fact, disgusts me - is how often leftist political figures are worshiped rather than respected. That shows that their followers are more comfortable being sycophants than peers. I'd like to think that people on the right would understand that and behave accordingly, but again, when I hear out of a Rush follower, I hear sycophancy. Ditto a Coulter follower. Just because Jon Stewart's or Al Franken's fans piss you off doesn't mean you act in exactly the same way but just for a different guy. Distinguish yourself through behavior, I say. But I guess for too many people, sycophancy has its comforts.

Gabriel Hanna said...

Would it be respectful of the Resurrection for someone who supports Obama to be critical of what he said about the Resurrection?

I don't understand Ann's logic here. Limbaugh maybe is genuinely irritated, but he can't say so without being disrespectful to the thing he thinks Obama should show more respect for?

rhhardin said...

If you want conservative talk radio, listen to Neil Boortz -- at least he's funny.

Boortz lost me with the fair tax.

He's wrong on the economics, and keeps flogging it anyway.

David said...

Rush and Barack have one thing in common--very limited humility. Rush is a lot funnier than Obama though.

AprilApple said...

I was struck by the fact that Obama was saying something openly "Christian" - which is really a big NO NO in the Christian-hating leftwing prog universe.
Consider the outrage from the prog leftwingers if GW Bush had said what Obama said.

Václav Patrik Šulik said...

Like many speakers, the President starts off with a broad, general statement and then focuses in on his salient point. You would think someone, like Limbaugh, who claims to be quoted out of context, would understand this. I submit that the portion of the President's address, which I have emphasized is the key to this statement, not the transitional passage.

Obama's full statement:

I wanted to host this breakfast for a simple reason -– because as busy as we are, as many tasks as pile up, during this season, we are reminded that there’s something about the resurrection -- something about the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ, that puts everything else in perspective.

We all live in the hustle and bustle of our work. And everybody in this room has weighty responsibilities, from leading churches and denominations, to helping to administer important government programs, to shaping our culture in various ways. And I admit that my plate has been full as well. (Laughter.) The inbox keeps on accumulating. (Laughter.)

But then comes Holy Week. The triumph of Palm Sunday. The humility of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. His slow march up that hill, and the pain and the scorn and the shame of the cross.

And we’re reminded that in that moment, he took on the sins of the world -- past, present and future -- and he extended to us that unfathomable gift of grace and salvation through his death and resurrection.

In the words of the book Isaiah: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

This magnificent grace, this expansive grace, this “Amazing Grace” calls me to reflect. And it calls me to pray. It calls me to ask God for forgiveness for the times that I’ve not shown grace to others, those times that I’ve fallen short. It calls me to praise God for the gift of our son -- his Son and our Savior.


And that’s why we have this breakfast. Because in the middle of critical national debates, in the middle of our busy lives, we must always make sure that we are keeping things in perspective. Children help do that. (Laughter.) A strong spouse helps do that. But nothing beats scripture and the reminder of the eternal.

[There are some remarks from the beginning and end, which I have trimmed - the full statement is here:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/04/19/remarks-president-easter-prayer-breakfast
]

Roux said...

Rush sees right through Obama. He knows as many of us do that with Obama it's all about the One. The One being Obama.

D.D. Driver said...

There is a certain "je ne sais quoi" about being crucified by Pontius Pilot, suffering, dying, and being buried, and on the third day rising again in fulfillment of the scriptures.

pinkmonkeybird said...

Sorry Althouse, but you're wrong. No one else has the guts to pipe up and point out what a phony Obama is. Obama is a media creation. Imagine if Bush had said something like this. The media and the left (sorry for the redundancy) would have howled about it as more of his wacky Jesus talk. More people need to actually LISTEN to what Obama says and get out of the lamestream media filters. Rush is doing that and it's much needed.

AprilApple said...

Behind every media double standard is an unconfessed single standard.

Obama uses Jesus Talk: No problem.

GWB uses Jesus Talk: Theocracy!

nathancreitz said...

I'm glad he said something about Jesus on the national day of prayer. I wasn't sure that he believed in Jesus. I know he says he is a Christian but he tends to use his religion to campaign. Meanwhile, there's no doubt in my mind that the resurrection is the most evidenced event in history and that has major implications for how we think about God.

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Leo Ladenson said...

There is a certain "je ne sais quoi" about being crucified by Pontius Pilot, suffering, dying, and being buried, and on the third day rising again in fulfillment of the scriptures.


This!

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Milwaukee said...

Ann, you're just being sore because you supported the One. Now it looks like every day he manages to out jerk himself, and be a bigger jerk than he was the day before. A clueless, self-aggrandizing jerk. He views matters of faith and history as things to be made up, on the spot, by him. Have you ever apologized for your support of him?

Pogo said...

As long as I don't actually have to listen to Obama burble on about whatever religion or cause he's pimping for re-election, I'm fine.

There's maybe 5% of the population left that hasn't made up their mind about Obama, a large enough segment to swing the election.

So Limbaugh pummels his point, perhaps to capture their imaginations.

Still, it troubles me anyone actually gives a shit what Obama says anymore. He doesn't believe any of it, as his actions belie them entirely.

Milwaukee said...

Actually, Obama is not limited to matters of faith and history when making up stuff. He is just as capable as bungling every area of thought. His understanding in matters of science, economics and technology are just as bad. Besides being Black, smiling, and reading a speech off the teleprompter, what can he do?

Where he was born isn't my problem. What about his nationality? When did he renounce the British citizenship he would have inherited from his father?

MarkG said...

Computer Based Test (CBT).

Is this a test you take while using a computer? It's different that a Pencil and Paper Based Test (PPBT) or a Human Interface Oral Based Test (HIOBT).

I was in the federal govt for 20 years, so I know the lingo.

lemondog said...

When he discusses the call to prayer in the Muslim world as being one of the sweetest sounds in the world

All a matter of perspective.

Many years ago when I met recently immigrated relatives from Iran to the US, a recording of Muslim call to prayer was played. They all become very upset and ask its playing be stopped. As non-Arab/Persian Christian minorities their experiences were upsetting reminding them of attempts of what is now known as ethnic cleaning.

dac said...

Rush is great radio, which means lousy on facts. He plays loose with facts, selectively qoutes, and generally puts on a great show for the ditto heads. He was fun to listen to for about 2 months, and then it sets in his schtick is just a tape loop.

Juba Doobai! said...

Rush is right. Without the Resurrection, there's not Christianity. What is the "something" about the resurrection for Obama? Here's the thing: Obama never ever defends Christianity or Christians nor does he ever foster a Christian agenda, much less a Judaeo-Christian one. Always, he promotes Islam. Always.

Obama's statement demonstrates his utter ignorance and lack of seriousness about Christianity. I read his comment thus: no Resurrection, it would just be Islam vs the Jews. No Resurrection = no Christian liberty, which is the underpinning of the West. No Resurrection = no capitalism.

The problem for Rush isn't Obama's race; it's Obama's obvious disdain for Christianity, in spite of the meaningless drivel he spouts every now and then to prop up his "Christian street cred."

MadisonMan said...

The only reason for getting that worked up about the casual, nonspecific way Obama talked about the Resurrection would be if you if you felt profound reverence toward it.

Or if you were a radio host cynically using it because you knew your listeners had profound reverence for it.

Class factotum said...

the call to prayer in the Muslim world as being one of the sweetest sounds in the world

Not at 5:00 a.m. when you are sleeping in your Marrakech hotel room, it's not sweet.

Leland said...

Slow news day; he went with what little material was available. I turned it off halfway through the opening monologue and put in an audiobook.

SGT Ted said...

I don't much care for the wail of the call to prayer. It's the vocalization of oppression; you are supposed to STOP what you are doing and bang your head against the floor facing to mecca, or you will be beaten.

About the only good thing I got out of it was that they wouldn't attack us during prayer call.

roesch-voltaire said...

If only Rush heard G..d talking to him, as so many others, then he might be able to place the comment in perspective.

Phil 3:14 said...

Well its a good thing that I neither look to Rush Limbaugh or Barack Obama for my understanding of the Resurrection.

Though the production style of this song isn't my cup of tea, this song always did it for me on Easter

Oligonicella said...

"But if you felt profound reverence about it, you wouldn't use it for cheap political leverage against the President."

Why? I would think a profound reverence would cause you to defend it more strongly. 'Cheap' is your opinion, not a fact.

Quayle said...

Saying "there's something about resurrection" is rather stupid.

If resurrection was real, everything hinges on and is about it, not just somethings.

dac said...

attention posters - Rush left out 90% of what was said by Obama. Believing Rush is accurate is pretty much like believing the MSM is telling you everything. Both are foolish mistakes.

JAL said...

@Lem 12:52 AM You have met the minimum qualifications for this position and are now eligible to take the Computer Based Test (CBT).

Well you are in my thoughts and prayers (srsly), fellow fan of the Greatest Baseball Team. Knock it out of the park!

And wouldn't that be too funny.

We'll have to temper our disdain for the TSA if one of Us becomes one of Them.

Ha!

Synova said...

I don't know that the full statement is that much better.

It's a subtle thing and a bit hard to explain in a way that doesn't sound like the interpretation depends on me not liking him.

Maybe pointing out that his supporters don't believe he's a Christian either is part of it. Bush was scary because he really believed (supposedly - I won't speak for his soul). Palin is terrifying because she's a scary god-person. But Obama isn't frightening at all. He has his religion in proper perspective.

The "long form" of Obama's statement starts with the perspective thing, goes to a pretty clear boilerplate scriptural summation of Easter, and then goes back to perspective.

Putting things into perspective isn't a mere side comment, it's the meaning and "frame" of the entire statement. The theme.

Lem said...

Thanks JAL.

Synova said...

Good luck with the TSA, Lem. It's a loooong process.

shiloh said...

AA, how huge is your extreme right wing, drinkin' the kool-aid daily, conservative dittohead Limbaugh fetish?

a) He's dreamy.

b) 100%

c) He's the second coming ...

d) The Rapture

e) Infinity!

f) Words cannot express.

Nomadic100 said...

O.K. Rush got too "worked up" about Obama's statement, but being so worked up does not detract from the accuracy of his observation.

carkrueger said...

"But if you felt profound reverence about it, you wouldn't use it for cheap political leverage against the President."

Ann, of course he would! It's Rush Limbaugh. And I love him for it.