Obama Wishes You a Very Religious Easter

President Obama, as I’ve been reporting, has of late been proclaiming his religiosity, sounding like he’s been perusing the Bible every chance he gets and has suddenly become steeped in its phrases.

Meanwhile, he’s actually started attending church, with cameras rolling as he and the family make their way across Lafayette Park to St. John’s, across from the White House.

Of course, it takes only a low simmer of skepticism to come to the conclusion that all this has more to do with appealing to various blocs of voters than it does a sudden religious awakening on the part of the president, though I suppose anything’s possible.

The latest example is today’s weekly address, which sounds like it could have been delivered by [Archbishop Timothy Dolan]:

Yesterday, many of us took a few quiet moments to try and fathom the tremendous sacrifice Jesus made for all of us. Tomorrow, we will celebrate the resurrection of a savior who died so that we might live. And throughout these sacred days, we recommit ourselves to following His example.

Obama has gotten so graphic in his religious phrasing that I’m wondering exactly what the most bellicose advocates of separation of church and state would be saying if George W. Bush starting using such language.

Have a listen to this week’s address.

If you doubt this has anything to do with the campaign, note that last year, Obama didn’t even bother to devote an address to Easter. And in 2010, Obama offered “holiday greetings” as opposed to this year’s “Easter and Passover greetings,” and he barely got into any specifics about Christianity.

Obama already has the politically correct crowd in his pocket. He needs to make some inroads among the faithful in places like Pennsylvania and Ohio.

And if that means clinging to his Bible, he’ll do it.


Editor’s note: The content of this article has been abbreviated.

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Award winning journalist Keith Koffler has 16 years of experience covering Washington. As a reporter for CongressDaily, National Journal magazine, and Roll Call, Keith wrote primarily from the White House, covering three presidents and learning as few have the intricacies of the West Wing and the behavior and motivations of its occupants. While mainly stationed at the White House, he also extensively covered Congress and Washington’s lobbyists. Keith has also written for a variety of other publications, including Politico, The Daily Caller, and The London Observer. He currently writes regular opinion columns for Politico. He blogs at whitehousedossier.com.

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