December 2011

December 30, 2011

This photo was featured in the White House’s “2011 Year In Photos” slideshow on Flickr. Chief Official White House photographer Pete Souza told the photo’s backstory: “The Obama family was scheduled to tour the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio before dinner one night. But when heavy fog rolled in, they canceled the visit. After dinner, […]

December 23, 2011

This Christmas, President Obama appears to be calling attention to his Christian confession. Unlike his previous presidential Yuletides, Obama specifically mentioned Jesus in his remarks at the lighting of the White House. He and the First Family also attended church for the first time since Easter. Questions about Obama’s faith cropped up during the 2008 […]

St. Obama’s Christmas Sacrifice

December 22, 2011

President Obama’s most difficult decision this Christmas may not be whether to compromise with the Republicans over the payroll tax extension. Instead, he will have to choose whether to join his family in Hawaii or remain in Washington over the Christmas holiday. Since the president has insisted that members of Congress stay in town to […]

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Romney’s Own Saintly Story

December 21, 2011

President Obama’s creation story has been well-known since his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention and the subsequent republication of Dreams from My Father. Newt Gingrich has published a lot of books, including many historical works, but has yet to write his autobiography. He has, however, made his personal tale of redemption a key […]

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“Occupy Obama” Protests President Obama

December 20, 2011

President Obama’s Osawatomie speech earlier this month, in which he proposed that the rich pay their “fair share” to address income inequality, doesn’t appear to have convinced all of the faithful from 2008. While it may have aimed to fire up the believing base for his 2012 re-election campaign, there is a contingent that seems […]

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December 15, 2011

President Obama has become increasingly overt with his professed Christian faith recently. His remarks at the annual “Christmas in Washington” special at the White House for the first time specifically invoked the name of Jesus Christ, the “manifestation of God’s love” who was born 2000 years ago. This is a marked departure from the more […]