Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 11:30 am on April 18, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Allahpundit already covered this in part, but I want to draw a line between Barack Obama’s insistence on covering up a symbol of Jesus on the Georgetown dais with the speech he then delivered. Here’s the money quote, if you will (vid courtesy of Greg Hengler):

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. 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.”

So Obama insists on covering up a symbol of Jesus on the stage, and then lifts his words to justify his own economic policies? Notice that Obama doesn’t mention Jesus’ name as the source of the parable, either.

When Obama speaks at Notre Dame and receives his honorary doctoral degree, CNS reports that he will be expected to wear the traditional doctoral robe:

The emblem on the robe features a cross and a book with a prayer inscribed in it, a star in the upper left-hand corner and two wavy lines at the bottom. “The open book is always emblematic of an institution of learning,” says a publication on the Notre Dame website. “The phrase ‘Vita, Dulcedo, Spes,’ taken from the ancient prayer to the Virgin, the ‘Salve Regina,’ means ‘our life, our sweetness, our hope’ the combination of these phrases with the symbol for the university indicates the dedication of all Notre Dame’s activities, intellectual, spiritual, athletic, and so on, to Our Lady.”

Will he quote Jesus and demand to wear a blank robe at the same time?

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He wants to establish “a new foundation,” presumably because the Constitution and Bill of Rights are passe. I guess this preempts any arguments based on them.

Akzed on April 18, 2009 at 3:31 PM

How dare the Mahdi lift that parable given what he’s done to our economy.

RightWinged on April 18, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Actually, Obama started out talking about the parable from the Bible, but then he REPLACES it with his “Five Pillars” — a reference to the Five Pillars of Islamic Faith

This is what Muslim leaders always do: paying lip service to quotes from other religions – and then supplant them with Islamic references.

logis on April 18, 2009 at 12:12 PM

And he finished by saying that our economic future will be our “foundation built upon the Five Pillars,” which one can only take to mean upon Islam itself.

He has also been using The Five Pillars for a number of weeks in regards to his education plan, which is quite disconcerting.

You are absolutely correct, the Islamists always co-opt and corrupt the local religion/ideology/culture with Islamic imagery and ideas, with the goal of the complete destruction and replacement of the original.

Maquis on April 18, 2009 at 3:57 PM


I can’t tell any particular difference between your Obamateurism posts and all your other critiques of Obama.

A shorter, more pointed or more amusing catalogue of missteps would sure be a welcome counterpoint. It’s not like there is a shortage of material.

Laughter, now more than ever!

JM Hanes on April 18, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Ed, this feature should have posts on glaring follies like the protocol missteps and verbal miscues. Leave the more substantial criticisms to blog posts. Yeah and lace it with more humor, please.

promachus on April 18, 2009 at 4:42 PM

Oslime-a is a despicable piece of cold human excrement.

csdeven on April 18, 2009 at 6:33 PM

What was that?! Founded on Iraq?!!!

OMG!! *hysterics ensue*

Reaps on April 18, 2009 at 9:04 PM

Hopey/Changey’s Five Temple Pillars of Perpetual
Hope and NeverEnding Change,

being built upon quicksand!

One thing is ABSOLUTE,Obama is well on his way to
total destruction of the American economy as we
know it prior to January 20th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on April 18, 2009 at 9:14 PM

I believe the number of people who even care about Him speaking at Notre Dame compared to a few months ago has dropped drastically.

I remember Bill O’Reilly pointed out during the campaign that Obama was good at ‘feeling the pain’ of the average American whereas McCain came across as more cavalier and didn’t.

Didn’t really see that…the words and feelings never connected for me-insincerity.

But, it rings even more hollow now especially that he wants to blame Bush for everything and it seems he feels that the American people are somehow getting what they deserve and need to apologize to the rest of the world.

Also, I have never heard of an American administration/government so openly antagonistic and arrogant towards millions of the American people.

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 18, 2009 at 9:18 PM

Totally missed the point of the parable. Whadda pudtz!

Driefromseattle on April 18, 2009 at 9:18 PM

I’m more disturbed that Georgetown went along with it. As Catholics (sorta–Jesuits) they should NEVER have allowed this to happen. They should have refused and said Obama could go somewhere else. They should not cover up the the name/symbol of Christ.

How dare he compare his econoomic plan to Christ himself? and third:

He never mentions the name of Jesus. The name itself is powerful. Obama continues to shock me with his OVERT anti-american, anti-capitalist, anti-christian words and actions. He is far bolder than I would have believed he would be. The sheeple are asleep.

Haunches on April 18, 2009 at 9:26 PM

I’m more disturbed that Georgetown went along with it.

No kidding.

Daggett on April 19, 2009 at 1:32 AM

In context, the parable is explained in its prologue: “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” The editorial epilogue is thus: “When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority….”

Symbolically, by literally removing Jesus from view, the unspoken but implicit prologue and epilogue take on an entirely new meaning. Just substitute Obama for Jesus and you get the idea, and Barry’s teachings for Jesus’: “We cannot rebuild this economy on the same pile of sand. We must build our house upon a rock. We must lay a new foundation for growth and prosperity – a foundation that will move us from an era of borrow and spend to one where we save and invest; where we consume less at home and send more exports abroad. It’s a foundation built upon five pillars….”


Right. One always builds foundations on top of pillars. Then a house on top of that.

So not only is this a predatory metaphor, but an utterly mangled one as well. It appears Jon Favreau isn’t the wunderkind some have thought.

There’s a further point of interest here. When Obama ascends the stage, there’s no room for even the most obscure symbol betokening the One credited in the host institution’s motto as banishing one of humanity’s profound divisions. This, from a guy who’s supposed to get us past our divisions. Or maybe he doesn’t want to share the glory? :-P

rasqual on April 19, 2009 at 2:39 AM

Lets see what he has done so far. I will probably miss some because the list is long.

Saved a depression.–From simply being a recession.

Respect back from the world.–French President Sarkozy would disagree.

New strategy to crush obl and his thugs.–While cutting military spending?

Science returns.–Science never left.

Working to solve long neglected problems.–by creating and causing even worse problems for our children and grandchildren.

Reforming broken government.–by appointing the same old big government beauracrats that broke it in the first place.

Actually fufilling most campaign promises.–OK, I’ll give him that one. Socialism for the masses.
Saved an American Captain from the pirates.–Gave the Navy the authority to do what it had to do. Half a point for this one.

jimmy2shoes on April 19, 2009 at 8:34 AM