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Fox & Friends “Wonder” If Obama Was Disingenuous When He Talked About Praying Over Gulf Oil Disaster

Reported by Ellen - June 16, 2010 -

During his address last night, President Obama said, near the end of his speech, “We pray for the people of the Gulf. And we pray that a hand may guide us through the storm towards a brighter day.” It’s hard to think how such a statement might be controversial but to the hypervigilant, anti-Obama scouts at Fox News, this was not just a questionable assertion, it was worthy of analysis and possible criticism. Of course, none of the “fair and balanced” anchors on Fox & Friends came out and criticized it. They merely “asked” guest Newt Gingrich, who has accused Obama and the left of wanting to impose a “secular socialist machine,” whether or not Obama really meant it. (H/T Think Progress).

In their discussion with Gingrich, Brian Kilmeade obviously tried to goose Gingrich into criticizing Obama. Kilmeade said, “Some content in the speech that you might have found surprising… (President Obama’s) references to God.”

Gingrich did not quite take the bait, though he took a gratuitous swipe at Obama nonetheless. “I hope he means it… I’m not going to resent any time a president of the United States calls on God… I’m sad that it took a crisis of this scale, but I’m delighted that the president has recognized that we in fact all are subordinate to a larger God and that we need to seek guidance from that God.”

Apparently, that was not strong enough criticism for the couch crew. So Gretchen Carlson gave it a try with some more explicit prodding: "But Mr. Speaker, did you find it at all disingenuous, because some people are analyzing that this morning, as saying it was disingenuous coming from a president who does not go to Church on a regular basis?"

But Gingrich seemed to be intent on taking the high road. He said, "I’m happy for any president of the United States to find a moment to turn to God to seek guidance and I think it’s important for us to be a little generous at a moment like this. If he’s prepared to publicly recognize God, maybe we should encourage him to do it more often."

It’s rather ironic that this same couch crew that complains so often about a lack of God in public life now tries to criticize it when it appears.

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