Obama Discusses Rick Warren Choice


Though I thoroughly understand the questionability of the choice of Rick Warren to give the inaugural invocation, I also think that it’s an extremely brave move on Obama’s part. Obama appears to be a more highly-evolved individual than any other president in my lifetime. Of course the proof will be in the pudding and we’ll see how his term plays out, but so far he has made choices that seem to be about unity and finding the common ground instead of focusing on the differences we hold. In other words, Obama may end up being successful at bringing Americans together and teaching tolerance by example. I’m sure that’s a threatening notion for many, but I find it to be exciting and a personal challenge for me to live up to. Is it possible we may have a president that is both a politician AND a positive role-model?

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Obama Discusses Rick Warren Choice

3 thoughts on “Obama Discusses Rick Warren Choice

  1. Karl Holzheimer says:

    Yeah. I know that there is a lot of anger out there about this. And I’m not personally fond of the guy. But I think you’re right, Hal. The conversation has to include everyone. Prop 8 passed. We need to build bridges, not throw stones. Yikes! Where did that homey metaphor come from?

  2. halmasonberg says:

    Yeah, the guy doesn’t thrill me either. But like keeping Lieberman, I have to give credit to Obama for putting his money where his mouth is, so to speak. Unlike Bush who made claims, got elected, and then completely abandoned his promises and platform, Obama seems to be keeping his word. Which reminds us of the old saying, “Be careful what you wish for.” Change NEVER comes easy. Especially change that involves personal, spiritual and communal growth.

  3. Gary Armstrong says:

    I totally disagree! I get reaching across the aisle and including those with completely different viewpoints, philosophies and morals, but come on!! This was a big knife in the back to the gay/lesbian community. After feeling so burned after the passage of Prop 8, when we wanted to feel the complete and total jubilation that the rest of the country felt with electing Obama, after many of us worked so hard to get him elected, he goes and picks one of the main proponents of Prop 8, a man does nothing but bear false witness against us to his large congregation fueling intolerance, bigotry and hate against us. Were there no other less incendiary options he could’ve picked? Did he have to pick one that was so involved with the passage of Prop 8?!? Were there no Grand Dragons of the KKK available that he could’ve chosen instead? There’s no justifying this choice. It was a very, very, very bad choice no matter how bold it was. The only way to rectify this besides withdrawing the invitation would be for Obama to immediately start off his presidency by working to repeal DOMA, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and publicly opposing the passage of Prop 8 in California. Somehow I don’t see that happening and instead I feel the big wheels of the bus squashing my head after just being thrown under it!

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