“Imagine,” our reader ILoveCapitalism wrote about the Occupy Movement’s “victory” in shutting down Oakland’s port, “what the coverage of the Tea Party would have been like, if they had shut down a port.”
Another headline today also invite us to imagine how the media might cover some remarks of the incumbent president had his predecessor made them, Obama: God backs jobs plan:
President Barack Obama Wednesday said even God wanted to put Americans back to work, invoking divine blessing for his joust with Republicans over measures designed to slice into high unemployment.
Obama also taunted his foes with historic arguments in favor of repairing vital infrastructure once made by conservative icon Ronald Reagan, as he stumped for a $60 billion infrastructure bill being taken up by the Senate.
The president rebuked the House of Representatives for passing a bill reaffirming the US motto “In God We Trust” rather than getting to work on his stalled $447 billion jobs program.
“That’s not putting people back to work. I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work,” the president said.
Um, Mr. President, I thought that your $800 billion “stimulus” was supposed to take care of those infrastructure needs. (According to the legislation’s web page, “the Recovery Act is targeted at infrastructure development and enhancement.“)
Remember how, back in the early days of this century, you practically had to pull out the fainting couches and smelling salts to tend to our keepers of the sacred separation of church and state when they alleged then-President George W. Bush claimed to be on a “mission from God.” The same folks don’t seem all that upset that that good man’s successor invokes Jesus more often than he did.
UPDATE: “Does,” Ann Althouse asks
. . . the President purport to know what legislation God wants Congress to pass? And if God is big on people helping themselves, why should government intervene with attempts at help? I know… it’s just a joke about God. Obama is using the Lord’s name to jab at people who are using the Lord’s name. I need a reading on whether God likes any of that.
(H/t Glenn Reynolds.)