Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on April 26, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Like my friend Jazz Shaw noted on Twitter yesterday, I don’t really need a presidential proclamation to make my religious observances official.  The fact that we missed hearing Barack Obama wish us a happy Easter (or Good Friday, for that matter) didn’t come as a crushing blow to my celebrations. However, this seems like a rather foolish stumble, given Obama’s often-pointed observances of other religious holidays:

President Obama failed to release a statement or a proclamation recognizing the national observance of Easter Sunday, Christianity’s most sacred holiday.

By comparison, the White House has released statements recognizing the observance of major Muslim holidays and released statements in 2010 on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha.

Don’t despair, though, because the weekend didn’t pass without some official recognition of religion:

The White House also failed to release a statement marking Good Friday. However, they did release an eight-paragraph statement heralding Earth Day.

In fact, just for fun, do a search on “Earth Day” at the White House website.  Not only will you find that eight-paragraph proclamation, you’ll find a lecture, a progress report, and a mention of “Latino Earth Day” in one of several posts about a speech about Earth Day by Council on Environmental Quality chair Nancy Sutley.  All of these were added to the website between April 19th and April 22nd, when the White House site was curiously silent on Easter.

It’s not the most egregious of slights, but a failure to note Easter with the precedents established by this administration is almost the definition of an amateurish fumble.

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Thank goodness he’s incompetent!!

PappyD61 on April 26, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Well, duh, Ed. Muslims don’t celebrate Easter.

DuctTapeMyBrain on April 26, 2011 at 8:09 AM

What about Ground Hog Day?

sdd on April 26, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Not only will you find that eight-paragraph proclamation, you’ll find a lecture, a progress report, and a mention of “Latino Earth Day” in one of several posts about a speech about Earth Day by Council on Environmental Quality chair Nancy Sutley.

Does Latinos live on a different Earth than the rest of us?

mizflame98 on April 26, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Obama is not a Christian, folks, no matter what Jay Carney says. So why should he be expected to act like one?

fossten on April 26, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Does Do Latinos live on a different Earth than the rest of us?

mizflame98 on April 26, 2011 at 8:12 AM

mizflame98 on April 26, 2011 at 8:15 AM

O didn’t issue a proclamation about Easter because he doesn’t want the competition in the Messiah department.

Beaglemom on April 26, 2011 at 8:15 AM

His religion is redistribution. Everyday is holiday for them.

JimK on April 26, 2011 at 8:16 AM

This was not an amateur mistake at all. Obama is a pro at making statements. If one was not made regarding Good Friday and Easter, it was by design. Underestimate Obama at your own risk…

Fallon on April 26, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Maybe it’s like the professor has been saying: The mainstreamrs are setting a bad precident. It’s as if Christians were being tempted to react to slights the way some Muslims have for the sake of being taken seriously. And embracing Gaia to avoid Easter doesn’t cut it either — unless you’re Google, but we digress.

Ah well. Maybe the next POTUS will have priorities more in line with the rest of the country…..

apostic on April 26, 2011 at 8:17 AM

“The story of Passover…instructs each generation to remember its past, while appreciating the beauty of freedom and the responsibility it entails. This year that ancient instruction is reflected in the daily headlines as we see modern stories of social transformation and liberation unfolding in the Middle East and North Africa.”

This was part of his Passover greeting this year. Had to bring in other religions.

And this was his Easter greeting last year (from Tapper):

“Amid the storm of public debate, with our 24/7 media cycle, in a town like Washington that’s consumed with the day-to-day, it can sometimes be easy to lose sight of the eternal,” the president says in his weekly address, “So, on this Easter weekend, let us hold fast to those aspirations we hold in common as brothers and sisters, as members of the same family – the family of man.”

The president called for all to embrace the spirit of humanity, regardless of faith.

“While we worship in different ways, we also remember the shared spirit of humanity that inhabits us all – Jews and Christians, Muslims and Hindus, believers and nonbelievers alike.”

With Easter this weekend and Passover coming to a close, Mr. Obama calls for everyone to remain “ever mindful of the unity of purpose, the common bond, the love of you and of me, for which they sacrificed all they had; and for which so many others have sacrificed so much.”

It apparently galls Obama to just limit his greeting to the religious holiday at hand (at least if it’s a Jewish or Christian holiday).

His greetings remind me of the “Seasons Greetings” at Christmas.

Wethal on April 26, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Fallon on April 26, 2011 at 8:17 AM

+1

Disturb the Universe on April 26, 2011 at 8:19 AM

I would assume he’s waiting for his poll numbers to recover so Chris Matthews can declare the Resurrection.

trubble on April 26, 2011 at 8:19 AM

However, this seems like a rather foolish stumble, given Obama’s often-pointed observances of other religious holidays:

It isn’t a mistake or a stumble. People usually tell you exactly who and what they are. Whether or not one chooses to listen and understand is another matter.

BO is very transparent in many ways – even in his efforts to obscure his past.

Cody1991 on April 26, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Fallon on April 26, 2011 at 8:17 AM

I agree. Every thing he does or doesn’t do is based on a political calculation. I’ll file this one under “bait”.

forest on April 26, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Fumbler-in-Chief

DrStock on April 26, 2011 at 8:27 AM

What’s revealing about Barack (and the wife) as to what their beliefs are, are their actions.

And the over-dramatic, unnecessary (and unnecessarily elaborate) adjectives they and their P.R. efforts always apply to their so-called Christianity.

It’s always, “committed Christian” and “ardent Christian” and then the latest, “devoted Christian” (who “took his family to church in a very high profile way” — riiiight, that’s what defines being a Christian to Obama…).

Quote seriously, I am not at all without sin as a Christian and I do live my life generally quite humbly in regards my faith and beliefs (and ego and all things humanistic whcih I try consciously to discourage), BUT, it’s not wrong or out of character or non-Biblical for a Christian to arrive at a decision about corruption in the world we see around us and those in it (despite many trying to claim that it’s wrong ‘to judge,’ God does tell us how and why and upon what to determine righteousness versus evil).

My point being that it is not too difficult to watch and experience the behaviors and deeds by Barack Obama and to determine that he’s not a person living in fidelity to Christ. He seems to be living some sort of dramatic rendition of what he thinks will be convincing to others, that he’s “acting out” what he ASSUMES is believable, for others to “look at” and for him to be seen doing, rather than him displaying the deeds and making the statements of someone who is in relationship WITH Christ in a sincerely, personal way as sinner to Savior (Obama the sinner, Christ the Savior, let me be clear here).

He’s busy making a public statement criticising Christians or defaming them or ridiculing them, while also then saying he’s not doing so…

In which case, look at his actions and evaluate him based upon his actions, his “fruit” not his prepared statements.

Like John The Baptist says, “repent.”

Lourdes on April 26, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Why would anyone be surprised? The current occupant of the Oval Office is an enemy – of the United States in particular, and of the west and Western values in general.

Rusty Bill on April 26, 2011 at 8:29 AM

do a search on “Earth Day” at the White House website. Not only will you find that eight-paragraph proclamation, you’ll find a lecture, a progress report, and a mention of “Latino Earth Day”

So, is “Latino Earth” somewhere in the Orion Nebualla or what? They have their “own” Earth now? Please provide a star map, I’d like to see Latino Earth.

Lourdes on April 26, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Remember the Obama’s Christmas Tree in 2008? The one decorated with Chairman Mao on a bulb?

Lourdes on April 26, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Remember the Obama’s Christmas Tree in 2008? The one decorated with Chairman Mao on a bulb?

Lourdes on April 26, 2011 at 8:32 AM

2009, that is.

Lourdes on April 26, 2011 at 8:32 AM

I agree. Every thing he does or doesn’t do is based on a political calculation. I’ll file this one under “bait”.

forest on April 26, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Going with you two. Carney did look rehearsed and prepared for the question…to completely delegitimize it with a mocking stance. Nicely done as no one followed up thanks to the supportive stfu guffaws from the press corps.

RepubChica on April 26, 2011 at 8:35 AM

President Obama failed to release a statement or a proclamation recognizing the national observance of Easter Sunday, Christianity’s most sacred holiday.

And this from a “solid Christian”. The second most sacred holiday/celebration will be on Sunday is January 20, 2013, when Obama exits the White House.

Rovin on April 26, 2011 at 8:37 AM

Regardless of what he says, he’s not a Christian. Actions speak louder than words and I’m afraid his actions paint a very different picture than the narrative his spinmeisters have force-fed Americans.

powerpro on April 26, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Latino Earth Day?

Hehehehe…*cough cough…heheheheheh

Bishop on April 26, 2011 at 8:38 AM

That’s OK. Sarah did and that is more important. We know where she stands on every important matter confronting the American public.

BetseyRoss on April 26, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Missed one.

PBHO also issued a 4 minute message for “Nowruz” the Persian/Iranian New Year.

And who doesn’t celebrate Nowruz, anyone here, doubtful.

Bishop on April 26, 2011 at 8:45 AM

The “high profile” excursion to church is a dead giveaway. Just another act in the neverending Kabuki theater.

Naturally Curly on April 26, 2011 at 8:45 AM

I have this bad feeling that people are settling into the same double think that the lefties had with Bush; namely, that P.BO is simultaneously incompetent and an evil genius.
The truth is that he is mediocre and operating on flawed assumptions, just like all leftists.

Count to 10 on April 26, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Do they celebrate Easter at Trinity United? Easter is not a Marxist holiday after all.

NotCoach on April 26, 2011 at 8:51 AM

The mask is slipping. No need to even pretend to genuflect to the Cross anymore. At least Henry IV said “Paris is worth a mass.” The Whine just doesn’t care anymore.

rbj on April 26, 2011 at 8:54 AM

There are no Obama mistakes in the White House (he even said so). Perhaps a Biden foot-in-the-mouth every once in a while, but everything Obama does is calculated.

Even if it is to distract from how bad the economy, wars, etc. is going.

The Easter headline about Obama could have been, “Did Obama pray for all the soldiers that have died in Afghanistan since he has been President?”.
Instead it’s oops, he forgot that Easter statement.

albill on April 26, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Count to 10 on April 26, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Yep. Attack him as a man in over his head who prefers campaigning to actually leading.

NotCoach on April 26, 2011 at 8:55 AM

So, is “Latino Earth” somewhere in the Orion Nebualla or what?

Lourdes on April 26, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Now that’s just silly. Planets aren’t usually found in nebulae. More likely Latino Earth would be in a recognizable main sequence star system — possibly called “Sol.” ;)

(At least no one has suggested Bizarro World.)

apostic on April 26, 2011 at 8:57 AM

This was not an amateur mistake at all. Obama is a pro at making statements. If one was not made regarding Good Friday and Easter, it was by design. Underestimate Obama at your own risk…

Fallon

- Luke 4:12

Knott Buyinit on April 26, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Count to 10 on April 26, 2011 at 8:50 AM

As a leftist, his ideology is fundamentally flawed, and he doesn’t know how to govern, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t good at politics – especially in using the MSM and smearing opponents.

forest on April 26, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Let’s go through this, step by step.

The Royal Wedding is sucking all the oxygen out of the room.

And, to top it off, he gets snubbed by the Queen.

Now, what’s the first thing a bratty, attention-seeking three-year-old does to retaliate?

Well, he snubs someone else, right back.

So, it’s only natural, Jesus ended up in his cross-hairs.

franksalterego on April 26, 2011 at 8:57 AM

I believe the time has passed where these actions, or lack of actions, by the POTUS are to be considered “an amateurish fumble”.

Amateurish fumbles should exhibit some randomness. Obama has exhibited a pattern. These actions are well thought out and occur with a purpose.

It behooves us to determine his true message and purpose.

Yoop on April 26, 2011 at 8:58 AM

While Giggles is obviously not a Christian, I doubt he’s a closet Muslim. At best he’s agnostic, but I suspect that he’s actually quite militantly athestic. His snubbing of Christianity at the expense of bing sooooooooooooooooooooooo tolerant towards Islam is more a PC “Lookie me! I’m not BOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!!” tying himself into knots rather than an embracing of Islam.

So no, I’m not surprised.

crazy_legs on April 26, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Yoop on April 26, 2011 at 8:58 AM

It is amateurish because he is not a Christian and he surrounds himself with like minded people. Making a proclamation about Easter did not cross his mind as being politically advantageous. When a person does not share the traditional American values most of us have that person needs to be reminded of these things.

NotCoach on April 26, 2011 at 9:04 AM

“Earth day” is leftist mysticism. Screw “earth day”.

petefrt on April 26, 2011 at 9:04 AM

While Giggles is obviously not a Christian, I doubt he’s a closet Muslim. At best he’s agnostic, but I suspect that he’s actually quite militantly athestic. His snubbing of Christianity at the expense of bing sooooooooooooooooooooooo tolerant towards Islam is more a PC “Lookie me! I’m not BOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!!” tying himself into knots rather than an embracing of Islam.

So no, I’m not surprised.

crazy_legs on April 26, 2011 at 9:00 AM

I think he is his own god but he has an affinity for Islam because of his grandfather and stepfather.

He uses religion to suit his own purposes but he himself is the only god he seeks to please with his whole heart.

powerpro on April 26, 2011 at 9:05 AM

I think Obama makes these very calculated steps or missteps to keep the speculation up and the rumors flowing. He thinks it makes him looked misunderstood and bullied. No one really likes him, they just feel sorry for him.

Cindy Munford on April 26, 2011 at 9:06 AM

.

Amateurish fumbles should exhibit some randomness. Obama has exhibited a pattern.
Yoop on April 26, 2011 at 8:58 AM

Yup, and it seems Øbama has no interest in Christianity except when it’s used as a vehicle for Marxism.

petefrt on April 26, 2011 at 9:08 AM

What was just as arrogant was when Obama’s little stoogie lapdog Jim Carney pretty much made a joke of the whole thing when reporters questioned him on it on Monday.

But then again, arrogance seems to be the trademark of the Obama Administration these days.

pilamaye on April 26, 2011 at 9:10 AM

A shahada for our times:

“There is no god except Obama, and Alinsky is his prophet?”

coldwarrior on April 26, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Lourdes on April 26, 2011 at 8:30 AM

We have to start by sealing the space border.

pappy on April 26, 2011 at 9:13 AM

I know why they were all laughing….they knew how fake the answer would be. I had to laugh, too, at his devotion…and his totally transparent effort.

Maybe this is his way of punishing the population for his lousy poll numbers..

tinkerthinker on April 26, 2011 at 9:14 AM

I don’t see this as a big issue, the guy isn’t very religious. He went for quite some time without even choosing a place of worship after he got to D.C. He hardly ever goes to services. There are lots of people who are believers but don’t worship very often. As president, should he have made a statement? Probably, but Mr. President has shown over and over again that he isn’t very good at doing what people expect from him.

scalleywag on April 26, 2011 at 9:33 AM

I don’t see this as a big issue, the guy isn’t very religious.

Except when he is standing amidst faux Roman columns, awaiting the worship of the Wonder That Is He!

pilamaye on April 26, 2011 at 9:45 AM

And then some wonder why people tend to believe he’s a Muslim. If you’re proud of your faith, and beliefs, even as a president, you would proclaim them.

I agree, his saying something or not, didn’t make or break Easter celebrations for me personally, but yeah…he doesn’t say a word, but ever freakin time an Islamic holiday or issue comes up, he’s bending over backwards to appease.

Incredible stupidity, or avoiding saying something because he’s a non believer? You make the call.

capejasmine on April 26, 2011 at 9:46 AM

“definition of an amateurish fumble.”

The only amateurish fumble here is not recognizing this as an intentional attack, which Obama regularly does to Americans and Christians.

Cheesestick on April 26, 2011 at 9:51 AM

I think Obama makes these very calculated steps or missteps to keep the speculation up and the rumors flowing. He thinks it makes him looked misunderstood and bullied. No one really likes him, they just feel sorry for him.

Cindy Munford on April 26, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Yes, Cindy. I was thinking about that, too. It ties in with the sudden flare-up of the birther issue nicely. Carney’s little theatrical here-we-go-again, exasperated pause after the reporter inquired about the lack of presidential proclamation doesn’t fool me. I don’t like where they’re going with this.

RepubChica on April 26, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Do you really need his approval?

OldEnglish on April 26, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Who is running the Public Relations Department at the White House? Answer: Some crony – no one with any credibility with the “Majority” of Americans. The willing and loyal NOT the experienced and competent. The messaging coming out of the White House has been bad since inauguration. Why is the Obama Administration doing so poorly with “Independents” Well Duh, they got some old Hippy running the Public Relations Department? Turns out the MAJORITY of Americans don’t relate to old Hippies. Look at GE’s Green marketing campaign, and look at it’s network’s ratings. Sad the Obama administration has tied it’s wagon to a lame marketing scheme. Traditional Americans observed Easter, those folks identify Democrat, Republican, Independent, they are Black, White, Hispanic….You would think with as many times this White House has had to walk back the messaging – the damage control over bad optics, they would replace the folks in the Public Relations Department. All Ed’s material for Obamateurisms, just drives my point home.

Dr Evil on April 26, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Regardless of what he says, he’s not a Christian. Actions speak louder than words and I’m afraid his actions paint a very different picture than the narrative his spinmeisters have force-fed Americans.

powerpro on April 26, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Exactly. There is no way he can possibly be a Christian. No real Christian would just “forget” to mention Easter or Good Friday.

Sure, he was out there rolling Easter eggs across the lawn with little kids, but that was nothing more than a photo op.

He has no idea what Easter is about and does not give a sh!t about it.

UltimateBob on April 26, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Not Making a proclamation about Easter did not cross his mind as being politically advantageous.
NotCoach on April 26, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Mr_Magoo on April 26, 2011 at 10:17 AM

He’s just not religious. But, after all the pandering and pleading, you’d think he’d at least TRY to do a good job of supporting the charade.

Pablo Snooze on April 26, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Obama’s ok with Islam and paganism. Not, however, with the religion of the Living God. Obama a Christian? Spit.
And no, Ed, I dont need a proclamation from the government. But i would like to see our leadership acknowledge Nature’s God in the same manner he recognizes other gods.

abcurtis on April 26, 2011 at 10:30 AM

He’s just not religious. But, after all the pandering and pleading, you’d think he’d at least TRY to do a good job of supporting the charade.

Pablo Snooze on April 26, 2011 at 10:22 AM

No, because he actually gets points from his base by disrespecting Christianity.

slickwillie2001 on April 26, 2011 at 10:31 AM

I don’t see this as a big issue, the guy isn’t very religious.

Then he needs to stop ALL religious proclamations and such, not just Christian ones. Yet he goes out front of the WH to roll the pagan Easter eggs and play patty fingers with the Easter bunny. But no word about his savior’s resurrection. he’s an earth worshiper. Who says he’s not religious?

abcurtis on April 26, 2011 at 10:35 AM

But did he participate in the annual “Spring Sphere” hunt?

carbon_footprint on April 26, 2011 at 10:56 AM

When American Christians shouted “He is Risen!”, Obama got out of bed and took a bow.

Steve Z on April 26, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Now that’s just silly. Planets aren’t usually found in nebulae. More likely Latino Earth would be in a recognizable main sequence star system — possibly called “Sol.” ;)

(At least no one has suggested Bizarro World.)

apostic on April 26, 2011 at 8:57 AM

I do not think that word means what you think it means. Most stars have a nebula from which their planets condense — their visibility is quite faint. You are probably thinking of an emission nebula — the type which occurs at the end of certain stars’ lives, when they blow off their outer envelope. Even there, as the article states, the shape of the gaseous envelope can be influenced by planets orbiting the star.

unclesmrgol on April 26, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Enough of this. Jay Carney pointed out clearly that President Obama did attend church with his family and that it was meant to be “high profile.”

Jesus would not criticize Obama out of professional courtesy, as one Messiah to Another. Jesus would be grateful that Obama skipped golf for this photo op. So should all Christians.

Drained Brain on April 26, 2011 at 12:04 PM

This was not a fumble.

He is not Muslim and he’s not Christian. He’s an atheist who’s ‘religion’ is radicalism the likes of Chavez’.

Schadenfreude on April 26, 2011 at 1:36 PM

why, of course Obama’s White House would issue a message on April 22nd, the so-called Earth Day.

You see, it’s because they are Communists and everybody knows that the long-haired filthy-hippy Birkenstock-wearing LibTard Commies in the Enviro Industry made sure that when they cooked up an “Earth Day”, that it would be on their idol’s birthday, that of Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov. Also known as LENIN.

The Enviro Industry has much to answer for. Their blatant manipulation of their meatpuppet Obama is obvious – just look at Obama’s appointment of “EDF Jane” to the Commerce Department’s NOAA/ NMFS section for proof.

CatchAll on April 26, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Still, in the USA TODAY poll, only 38% of Americans say Obama definitely was born in the USA, and 18% say he probably was. Fifteen percent say he probably was born in another country, and 9% say he definitely was born elsewhere.

He’s a Martian.

Schadenfreude on April 26, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Well, you know, Obama couldn’t say anything about Easter. The Muslims wouldn’t like it.

RebeccaH on April 26, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Do Latinos live on a different Earth than the rest of us?

mizflame98 on April 26, 2011 at 8:15 AM

No, they don’t.

However I worked at a company that had a huge Latino/Hispanic workforce.
Every time Good Friday came around we had about 65% calling in sick for the day.
Ultimately ya can’t fire that many people so a “Floating Holiday” was “Created” that oddly enough, fell on Good Friday each year!

Strange but true.

DSchoen on April 26, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Jay Carney pointed out clearly that President Obama did attend church with his family and that it was meant to be “high profile.”

“was meant to be “high profile.” Hummmmmmm, not real transparent enough, for honesty it should read:

Jay Carney pointed out clearly that President Obama did attend church with his family and that it was meant to be

“Dog and Pony show”

DSchoen on April 26, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Enough of this. Jay Carney pointed out clearly that President Obama did attend church with his family and that it was meant to be “high profile.”

Jesus would not criticize Obama out of professional courtesy, as one Messiah to Another. Jesus would be grateful that Obama skipped golf for this photo op. So should all Christians.

Drained Brain on April 26, 2011 at 12:04 PM

The way I was raised, ALL of this is a violation of the Third Commandment: ‘Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain’

landlines on April 26, 2011 at 6:08 PM