Obama: God wants Congress to pass my jobs bill

posted at 5:00 pm on November 2, 2011 by Tina Korbe

The president has no patience for the House of Representatives these days. Never mind that Republicans in the House have passed 15 different jobs bills or that the Republican Study Committee today unveiled a new job creation program. Did you hear they took time to pass a non-binding resolution to remind Americans of the nation’s official motto? (That would be “In God We Trust,” by the way.)

Don’t mistake Barack Obama: He trusts in God. He just doesn’t want the House to take a single minute to address any topic other than his jobs proposal. Why? Because that’s what he God wants.

The Washington Times reports:

Urging Congress again to pass a portion of his jobs bill, President Obama claimed Wednesday that God is on his side.

Mr. Obama was standing at the D.C. side of the Key Bridge, calling attention to America’s crumbling infrastructure and the need to put more construction workers back on the job. He criticized House Republicans for ignoring his legislation while approving a measure that reaffirms “In God We Trust” as the national motto.

“That’s not putting people back to work,” Mr. Obama said. “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.”

It’s hard not to ever-so-slightly suspect that, in Obama’s mind, God’s will ought to conform to his and not the other way around … but I’m trying very hard to banish that suspicion. Humility might not be Obama’s strong suit, but surely not even he is that arrogant.

At the daily press briefing, when a reporter asked Jay Carney whether Obama’s invocation of God might not have been a bit much, the press secretary defended it with this: “I believe the phrase from the Bible is ‘The Lord helps those who help themselves.’” Not so, Mr. Carney, not so. Nowhere in the Bible does that adage make its appearance.

What’s so disappointing about this entire episode is the way the one piece of feel-good bipartisan legislation to pass the House in ages has been drafted into the partisan circus of the president. Sure, electorally speaking, jobs legislation is more important even than any kind of faithful or patriotic display. But, spiritually speaking, it comes as a welcome relief to this American, at least, to remember that, while politicians repeatedly prove themselves unworthy of trust, the God of our fathers has always been and will always be trustworthy.


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Obama’s doing more to make himself a joke than anything I could possibly say.

teke184 on November 2, 2011 at 5:05 PM

god wants your sorry @ss unemployed too

gatorboy on November 2, 2011 at 5:06 PM

“That’s not putting people back to work,” Mr. Obama said. “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.”

So, God is opposed to government regulations, and Obamacare is an especially heinous transgression.

Is that a fair interpretation of the President’s message?

malclave on November 2, 2011 at 5:07 PM

“I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.”

Hey, as long as we’re talking about God, Barry, what does He say about abortion?

Matticus Finch on November 2, 2011 at 5:08 PM

I wonder which God he is talking about?

sadatoni on November 2, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Mr. Obama said. “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.”

Exactly … help ourselves. You and that oppressive government stay out of it.

darwin on November 2, 2011 at 5:09 PM

I don’t even need to comment on this. God will handle it all by Himself.

ted c on November 2, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Isn’t this exactly what libs hated about Bush?

John_Locke on November 2, 2011 at 5:10 PM

He was meaning to say that he was going to have to Tax God in order to pay for bill once it passed.

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on November 2, 2011 at 5:11 PM

The phrase “God helps those who help themselves” is a popular motto which emphasizes the importance of self-initiative.

The phrase originated in ancient Greece, occurring as the moral to one of Aesop’s Fables, and later in the great tragedy authors of ancient Greek drama. It has been commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin, however the modern English wording appears earlier in Algernon Sidney’s work.

It is mistaken by many to be a Bible quote, however the phrase does not occur in the Bible. Some Christians have criticized it as being against the Bible’s message of God’s grace.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_helps_those_who_help_themselves

ted c on November 2, 2011 at 5:11 PM

“I believe the phrase from the Bible is ‘The Lord helps those who help themselves.’” Not so, Mr. Carney, not so. Nowhere in the Bible does that adage make its appearance.

Correct. It is from Aesop’s Fables.

strictnein on November 2, 2011 at 5:12 PM

So he decided this when he was talking to himself while standing out on the Oval Office porch sneaking a heater, right?

Bruno Strozek on November 2, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Barack “Oral Roberts” Obama

BobMbx on November 2, 2011 at 5:13 PM

thats because Obama thinks he is God of course.

jp on November 2, 2011 at 5:15 PM

thats because Obama thinks he is God of course.

jp on November 2, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Winner.

tetriskid on November 2, 2011 at 5:17 PM

ABraham Lincoln said:

“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right”

sabbahillel on November 2, 2011 at 5:17 PM

They told me if I voted for Sarah Palin, we’d have religion being inserted into government. And they were right!

rbj on November 2, 2011 at 5:18 PM

but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work

really? God wants us to ‘help ourselves’… please give a reference.

ted c on November 2, 2011 at 5:19 PM

The ways in which Obama invokes God illustrates he really has no understanding of Him at all. Nor do those around him, as his press secretary shows us here.

Is knowing our Creator a prerequisite for office? Of course not. But he does look pretty silly pretending he does.

av8tr on November 2, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Obama referring to himself as “God” now.

portlandon on November 2, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Oh for the fatal lighting strike!

tim c on November 2, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Ah! Now I know who @Jesusisthe53 is.

Connie on November 2, 2011 at 5:21 PM

calling attention to America’s crumbling infrastructure

Is anybody bothering to question this? The infrastructure in this country is astounding. The network of roads and interstates is by far the most impressive public works achievement in the world – ever – by far. And it’s in pretty good shape too. Like most people, I use it all the time and it works nicely.

The hundreds of airports are impressive too. Our local international airport is basically a palace.

What the hell are these people talking about with the ‘crumbling infrastructure’?

forest on November 2, 2011 at 5:23 PM

According to the narrative, the God of the Bible would want nothing to do with the unions.

OldEnglish on November 2, 2011 at 5:23 PM

He talked to God about it. “Hello, Dad…”

Jim Treacher on November 2, 2011 at 5:23 PM

really? God wants us to ‘help ourselves’… please give a reference.

ted c on November 2, 2011 at 5:19 PM

It was a text message. While the BlackBerry was off.

BobMbx on November 2, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Shouldn’t there be an uproar because he’s injecting his religious values into public policy?

obladioblada on November 2, 2011 at 5:24 PM

really? God wants us to ‘help ourselves’… please give a reference.

ted c on November 2, 2011 at 5:19 PM

The parable of the rich man and his three sons?

OldEnglish on November 2, 2011 at 5:25 PM

separation of church and state applies then, right?

lorien1973 on November 2, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Show us a sign.

listens2glenn on November 2, 2011 at 5:28 PM

He talked to God about it. “Hello, Dad…”

Jim Treacher on November 2, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Actually, he realized he was God himself. He realized that when he was praying to Him, he is talking to himself.

teke184 on November 2, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Shouldn’t there be an uproar because he’s injecting his religious values into public policy?

obladioblada on November 2, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Well, according to Brennan, jihad is really only a spiritual struggle.

Connie on November 2, 2011 at 5:30 PM

but surely not even he is that arrogant.

The One is omnipompous.

theperfecteconomist on November 2, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Humility might not be Obama’s strong suit, but surely not even he is that arrogant.

Heh. “I want to believe….

At the daily press briefing, when a reporter asked Jay Carney whether Obama’s invocation of God might not have been a bit much, the press secretary defended it with this: “I believe the phrase from the Bible is ‘The Lord helps those who help themselves.’” Not so, Mr. Carney, not so. Nowhere in the Bible does that adage make its appearance.

Filed under: Liberals Quoting Scripture. Ironically, the fact that they do it so badly is the single best proof they aren’t really Satan.

didymus on November 2, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Oh for the fatal lighting strike!

tim c on November 2, 2011 at 5:21 PM

Are the electricians going to do something drastic during their next walkout? /s

Peri Winkle on November 2, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Hmmm, he’s starting to sound like one of those bitter clingers….

Zardoz on November 2, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Obama’s arrogance knows no bounds! What an idiot!

hpk1942 on November 2, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Bitterly clingeth he to Fast & Furious and his jobs bill.

Bitterly, I sayeth.

Christien on November 2, 2011 at 5:40 PM

It is like a very wise man once said. what is a difference between God and Obama. God doesn’t think he is Obama.

pwb on November 2, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Where’s a lightning bolt when you need one?

cthulhu on November 2, 2011 at 5:42 PM

…but surely not even he is that arrogant.

He gives every indication that he is.

RebeccaH on November 2, 2011 at 5:43 PM

From the Book of Stimulus, Chapter 11, Verse 3

Christien on November 2, 2011 at 5:43 PM

“That’s not putting people back to work,” Mr. Obama said. “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.”

Did God communicate this to his second only begotten son through his teleprompter or by some other form of communication?

InkyBinkyBarleyBoo on November 2, 2011 at 5:44 PM

“I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.”

Hey, as long as we’re talking about God, Barry, what does He say about abortion?

Matticus Finch on November 2, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Thread winner of the year! Well done, Matticus!

herm2416 on November 2, 2011 at 5:47 PM

A Psychopath from Kenya masquerading as a President found a Christian Monk’s frock which had been left out in the sun to dry. He put it on and spoke to his countrymen. All hailed his Christianity, both men and women, and he was a proud Psychopath from Kenya that day. In his delight he lifted up his voice and brayed ‘Allah Be Praised!” and then everyone knew him for what he really was.

Cheshire Cat on November 2, 2011 at 5:50 PM

So now he’s trying to appeal to the bitter clingers?

ladyingray on November 2, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Another classic case of a failure of logic and reading comprehension. God wants people to have jobs = God endorses my jobs bill? No, Ms. Korbe. This is the alternate universe of Hot Air, where such things make sense… and provocative headlines.

Constantine on November 2, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Isn’t this exactly what libs hated about Bush?

John_Locke on November 2, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Or, fill in the blank with any Republican/Conservative…

Fallon on November 2, 2011 at 5:55 PM

You guys sure crack me up !
All ‘right on’, mind, just hilarious !
;-)

pambi on November 2, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Lincon, IIRC, was humble enough to hope that he was on God’s side, not the other way around, with the implicit admission that he might not be.

AnotherOpinion on November 2, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Another classic case of a failure of logic and reading comprehension. God wants people to have jobs = God endorses my jobs bill? No, Ms. Korbe. This is the alternate universe of Hot Air, where such things make sense… and provocative headlines.

Constantine on November 2, 2011 at 5:54 PM

If Obama had said the first approving word for any of the 15 jobs bills that have already passed the House rather than his single job bill that failed in the Democrat-controlled Senate, you would have a good point.

As it is, you’re making no sense at all.

Looks like you’ve come down with a bad case of projection.

didymus on November 2, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Humility might not be Obama’s strong suit, but surely not even he is that arrogant.

Oh?

GarandFan on November 2, 2011 at 6:39 PM

I wonder which God he is talking about?

sadatoni on November 2, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Allah, of course.

TXUS on November 2, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Humility might not be Obama’s strong suit, but surely not even he is that arrogant.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

(cough)

wipes tears from eyes and snot from face

Tim_CA on November 2, 2011 at 6:55 PM

What the hell are these people talking about with the ‘crumbling infrastructure’?

forest on November 2, 2011 at 5:23 PM

I think they are referring to the union hall where the local meets.

Aviator on November 2, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Obama is right about one thing. It was a total waste of time for Congress to take up a vote on reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the national motto.

SoulGlo on November 2, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Next up he will challenge Poseidon to a wrestling match…

Oh, wait… he hasn’t gone that far, he’s only arguing with Zeus.

ajacksonian on November 2, 2011 at 7:24 PM

really? God wants us to ‘help ourselves’… please give a reference.

ted c on November 2, 2011 at 5:19 PM

The parable of the rich man and his three sons?

OldEnglish on November

Oops! Sorry, I must have missed that parable. Perhaps you could cite the passage, ’cause my Bible don’t have it. I have an idea what parable you think you are referencing, but suffice it to say, you are quite wrong.

Obama’s and Carney’s treatment of the HOLY BIBLE is nothing short of scandalous. The Holy Scriptures, and by extension, God Himself, are nothing more than props in their speeches and press conferences. This is why they display such an appalling lack understanding of the nature of God, because they do not take Him or His Word seriously. If they did, they would be trembling in their shoes for the judgement they are heaping upon themselves.

Thus saith the LORD of hosts,”Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.
They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, ‘Ye shall have peace’; and they say unto every one that walks after the imagination of his own heart, ‘No evil shall come upon you’.” For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and has perceived and heard His Word? Who hath marked His Word, and heard it? Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the LORD shall not return, until He have executed, and till He have performed the thoughts of His heart: in the latter days you shall consider it perfectly. Jer. 23: 16-20

A prophet is anyone who claims to speak on behalf of God.

ariel on November 2, 2011 at 7:27 PM

A prophet is anyone who claims to speak on behalf of God.

ariel on November 2, 2011

Thank you for underscoring the fact that this administration and particularly that man, Obama, seems to slander God in every breath and every moment, in one way or another. For him to even pretend he is thinking as God thinks or even understanding the Divine, is such apostasy and actually, lunacy.

chai on November 2, 2011 at 7:36 PM

“That’s not putting people back to work,” Mr. Obama said. “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.”

You know he is in trouble if he referencing God.

Of course, he would know what God wants, he is the messiah, lol.

jeffn21 on November 2, 2011 at 7:43 PM

For him to even pretend he is thinking as God thinks or even understanding the Divine, is such apostasy and actually, lunacy.

chai on November 2, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Nope. He doesn’t have the depth.

He’s a Narcissist….plain and simple.

There’s only one person Obama worships.

Tim_CA on November 2, 2011 at 7:48 PM

What the hell are these people talking about with the ‘crumbling infrastructure’?

forest on November 2, 2011 at 5:23 PM

I think they are referring to the union hall where the local meets.

Aviator on November 2, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Or they could be referring to the fact that the U.S. Department of Transportation is not keeping up with the maintenance of the interstate highway system, either by direct federal programs or by federal-state agreements. Instead, the funding is being diverted to the chimerical “high-speed rail” initiatives and bike paths.

Here in Ohio, when incoming GOP governor John Kasich pulled the plug on the “3C” (Cincinnati-Columbus-Cleveland) HSR project on the grounds that in-state studies showed that there would never be enough “people in seats” to make it pay for itself, he tried to return the initial $400M federal startup bloc to the DOT. (The state was supposed to “contribute” four billion over the next five years- just for openers.) They refused, and demanded that he continue the project- Or Else.

Instead, he proposed using it to fix the (neglected) Interstate 70/71 interchange and main route that crosses the state both East/West and North/South. Again, he was told, “Build the HSR Line, Or Else”.

The entire matter is now heading for the courts, as DOT seeks to force Ohio to build the HSR line- at any cost.

Quite a few people here in OH suspect that one reason is that big Democratic contributors may have bought land along the intended right-of-way in anticipation of re-selling it to the state for said ROW, at a considerable (and profitable) “markup”. With a big chunk of the vigorish going into Democratic Party coffers. (It’s a scam that dates back to the 1800s, given new life by this Administration.)

The instigators of this are Obama and his Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood. A Chicago-area RINO with long-standing ties to Blago & Co., LaHood is an ideologue about the internal-combustion engine; he hates it. He has openly stated that he sees his job as SecTrans as being to “coerce people out of their cars and onto public transportation, where they belong“.

I submit that any time a Cabinet officer uses the word “coerce” to describe what he is supposed to do to the American people, the next sound said people should hear is his backside hitting the sidewalk, with the contents of his former desk in a cardboard box landing right next to him.

LaHood’s definition of a “transportation infrastructure” consists of high-speed rail and bike paths, with nothing in-between. He apparently assumes all that Wagyu beef he and his boss love will get from the train station to the supermarket in baskets hung on bicycles, being pushed by citizens “serving their country’s enlightened leaders” like Vietcong porters on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. (Will they get black pajamas, sun hats, ad rubber-tire sandals?)

He seems to have a dream of everyone riding the train or buses (electric-powered, of course) instead of driving cars. That way, they can be monitored to ensure that they are reading uplifting things like The Utne Reader or The Mother Earth News, instead of subversive rags like The Weekly Standard.

Or nasty, disloyal websites like… Hot Air.

I consider Ray LaHood the poster boy for the delusional worldview inside the Obama Administration. And one more good reason to pink-slip the lot of them next November.

/just my two cents’worth

clear ether

eon

eon on November 2, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Isn’t this a step on the path of Megalomania?

Now God is talking to him. He attempts to clothe his evil in the visions of the Righteous.

This man is evil, and evil must be destroyed.

orbitalair on November 2, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Thank you for underscoring the fact that this administration and particularly that man, Obama, seems to slander God in every breath and every moment, in one way or another. For him to even pretend he is thinking as God thinks or even understanding the Divine, is such apostasy and actually, lunacy.

chai on November 2, 2011 at 7:36 PMH

That the Lord continues to abide Obama’s ongoing “apostasy” amazes me. I keep expecting the ground to open up and swallow him like Dathan and Abiram.

What amazes me even more are the useful idiots who so gladly carry his water for him. Those are the true lunatics, swept up with the trappings of power and prestige, wealth and renown , not knowing the terrible judgement they face for participating in the destruction of this nation.

ariel on November 2, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Because that’s what he God wants.

TINA!

BigAlSouth on November 2, 2011 at 8:30 PM

So Obama and the dems viciously attacked George W. Bush, over a non existent claim that God told him to invade Iraq, but here Obama is claiming that God is telling him and Congress to pass his jobs bill. The amount of narcissism is amazing. I feel God calling me Weezy. It’s the big one.

eaglewingz08 on November 2, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Now we know the source of the royal “We” obama has been using. I think it is unusual for obama to start using the royal “We” now, particularly since he normal uses the egotistical “I”. He must be taking this messiah thingy very seriously.

Old Country Boy on November 2, 2011 at 10:49 PM

From the Book of Stimulus, Chapter 11, Verse 3

Christien on November 2, 2011 at 5:43 PM

This entire thread is a laugh riot!

dissent555 on November 2, 2011 at 11:48 PM

Only a vile, pathetic SCOAMF would drag God into his socialist schemes. I hope he fails on a biblical scale.

Extrafishy on November 3, 2011 at 8:03 AM

“That’s not putting people back to work,” Mr. Obama said. “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.”

Talking to himself…this is not a good sign…

right2bright on November 3, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Jay Carney whether Obama’s invocation of God might not have been a bit much, the press secretary defended it with this: “I believe the phrase from the Bible is ‘The Lord helps those who help themselves.’” Not so, Mr. Carney, not so. Nowhere in the Bible does that adage make its appearance.

What’s the matter, Tina? Haven’t you read the King Jay Version?

Steve Z on November 3, 2011 at 10:46 AM