In order to get a proposal made into law, a President has to convince Congress to pass it. What happens when a President can’t convince Congress? He has to take it to a higher power — the voters. When a President can’t convince the voters, what can he do? Maybe tell voters and Congress that he can speak for a Higher Power:
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.”
What’s the difference is between God and the President of the United States? God doesn’t think he’s the President of the United States, that’s what. I’m pretty sure He would have a competent economic policy, too.
Besides, if the White House wanted to convince people that God speaks to Obama and advises him on economic policy, maybe they should try reading His book first:
A few hours later, an Associated Press reporter questioned Carney at his daily briefing about the president’s choice of words.
“Isn’t it a bit much to bring God into the jobs debate?” the reporter asked.
Carney responded: “I believe that the phrase from the Bible is, ‘The Lord helps those who help themselves.’”
The only problem: Carney had the wrong source.
When the official transcript of the daily briefing arrived in reporters’ inboxes in the late afternoon, it offered this clarification at the top: “This common phrase does not appear in the Bible.”
The Bible does say, “Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools” and “Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Maybe God is trying to speak to them after all.
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