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White House Holiday Theme 2012

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Originally posted at American Thinker Blog

President Obama has secured his place in the Oval Office for at least another four years.  So, during his second term there probably won’t be any more stage-managed photo ops that feature the Obama family making “surprise visits” to St. John’s Episcopal Church.  Without the threat of God-fearing Americans at the ballot box, Barack Obama is now free to let his secular progressive/non-religious freak flag fly for all the world to see.

This year, despite having a Scripture-quoting ‘Christian’ president, finding Christ in the White House is as impossible as it was for Mary and Joseph, on the night Jesus was born, to find a room at an inn.

Gone are the days of heralding angels and Bethlehem stars.  This year, the famous 18th century Christian hymn based on the 98th Psalm, “Joy to the World,” has been replaced with a revamped “Joy to All” theme.  After all, if Barack “Joy to All” Obama is allowed to modify the U.S. Constitution, why shouldn’t he have free reign to fine-tune the Psalms of King David?

Allegedly, when he was a child in Indonesia, chicken fingers were not exactly Obama’s favorite food. Hence, Christmas may present an opportunity for the President to remediate his reputation within the dog-loving community. What else would explain why doggy decorations are everywhere and the other ‘Messiah’ is, shall we say, nowhere to be found?

This year 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has literally been converted into a ‘dog house’/shrine to the first family’s beloved Portuguese water dog Bo. Christmas at the White House can now officially be referred to as Canine-mas.

There are 54 trees; 6,000 glass ornaments; a black and white topiary of Bo; 18,000 black pooch pompoms and 2,000 white pooch pompoms; and 40 handmade “Bo-flakes” adorned with little Bo images. When the anticipated 90,000 visitors saunter through the White House to ogle the shimmering lights over the next few weeks, the only thing missing will be Bo barking out that old Burl Ives  favorite, “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.”

There’s even a 300-pound gingerbread White House with a replica of Bo sitting outside guarding the fort.  If confectionary reproductions were the goal, why didn’t the display include something like a crèche with the three Wise Men – Obama, Axelrod, and Carney – complete with a replica of Bo resting comfortably beside the manger?

Not only that, but where’s the political correctness in all of this? What’s especially alarming is that the normally sensitive, diversity-minded White House didn’t even consider the feelings of cats, potbellied pigs, goldfish, or hamsters, none of which were featured like Bo in the collection of pet-themed ornaments.  And, as if offending other pet species weren’t enough, insult was added to injury when the White House released its 2012 Bo-liday…er, I mean, holiday card.

Chosen by the White House as the design for the Obama Christmas card was a rendering done by Des Moines, Iowa artist Larassa Kabel.  In an amazing coincidence, prior to the November election Larassa’s husband’s rock band just so happened to open for Bruce Springsteen at an Obama campaign rally.

Sounding a lot like so many disappointed voters on November 7th, after finding out her entry was selected the artist called the moment “surreal.” Kabel added that originally she had “very, very, very low expectations” for the painting – much like the “very, very, very, low expectations” all those disappointed voters have for the next four years.

Kabel’s black-and-white rendering features a sprightly Bo absorbed in a snow dance in front of a hazy depiction of the White House.  Preserving “separation of church and state,” thank God there’s not even one hint of spirituality.  It must be that in Obama’s world a blurry dog frolicking in the snow captures the true essence of Christmas.

Based on a photo the White House sent out as the subject of the competition, the winning entry depicts Bo in a scarf.  Regrettably, the winter wonderland in the painting is foggy, because if more detail was included an “I Bark for Obama” 2012 bandana could have been added for an additional touch of whimsy.

Nonetheless, although the White House stands for the workers of America, Kabel won’t be paid for her winning portrait of Bo. But she doesn’t seem to mind – this holiday season, like every other day of the year, private citizens like Ms. Kabel are honored to give gifts of blood, sweat and tears, freely and without expectation of recompense, to the nation’s pro-labor president.

For Larassa, being chosen is obviously a gift in itself. The delighted artist said, “I’m living on glory,” a sentiment not unlike the first family’s, who, this year alone, gloriously gifted themselves with $1.4 billion in taxpayer-provided perquisites.

Kabel is really excited about meeting the President and Mrs. Obama and attending the December 18th White House holiday party with her rock musician husband.  Never mind the Boss and Barry – Kabel said “I’ve never seen anyone famous… I’m like, who will be at the party? I’m looking for anybody.”

So, in place of honoring the humble Savior who lay in a manger in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago, this year the big thrill for the eclectic artist is to get up close and personal with the Hollywood stars partaking of White House merriment.  Rest assured, she won’t be disappointed because although Baby Jesus has been banished from the premises, undoubtedly Eva Longoria and George Clooney will be milling about.

So, as party time quickly approaches, the guest list has yet to be made public. What’s unfortunate is that the late Frank Zappa isn’t around for the unveiling of the portrait of Bo gamboling around on the South Lawn. Zappa could have kicked the White House holiday spirit into high gear by playing “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow,” an old song that, in years to come, thanks to Bo, could become a holiday classic, as well as a gentle reminder for impoverished Americans.

Is Barack Obama an Angel of Light?

On numerous occasions it’s been proven that the President, although claiming to embrace Christianity, regularly quotes Scripture either incorrectly or out of context. Usually the quotation cited is specifically chosen to further a policy or message the President is promoting, and sometimes just to remind everyone that he really is a Christian.  However, other than imply that the strength of his leadership could slow the rising oceans and heal an ailing planet, thus far, at least not openly, Obama has not identified himself as a modern-day messiah.

On the other hand, Michelle Obama obviously sees her husband in a different light. At a campaign event in Nashville, the first lady, all pumped up in anticipation of the coming election season, let it slip that she thinks she’s married to a celestial being.

In her closing statements, Michelle said, “I’m so in.  I am going to be working so hard.  We have an amazing story to tell.”

At that juncture, Mrs. Obama should have stopped, because what she said next crossed the line from excited campaign rhetoric into sacrilege territory.

From the sound of things, it appears that Michelle Obama may believe that the amazing story she, and “we,” have to tell could turn out to be the second “Greatest Story Ever Told” because according to Mrs. Obama, “The president has brought us out of the dark and into the light.”

In typical Democrat fashion, after making the outrageous statement Michelle didn’t expound on how the President has led America out of the darkness into the light, nor did she offer examples to support her stunning pronouncement.

However, failure to develop her point is only part of the problem, because in 1 Peter 2:9, the way the Apostle identifies God’s people is by saying, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

If Michelle refuses to explain the basis of her observation, those who have eyes to see and ears to hear should focus on the latter part of that verse: “…that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

Quite frankly, the 450 people attending the event who applauded Michelle’s disturbing remark are scarier than the woman voicing that sentiment.

By declaring that Barack Obama has led America out of the darkness and into the light, what Mrs. Obama proved is that either the Obamas didn’t really attend Reverend Wright’s church for 20 years as they claimed, or for some reason Jeremiah never had time to preach from the Scripture.

In the Bible there are many verses that refer to light and darkness and in almost all of them, it is God turning darkness to light or identifying Himself as the literal Light. In 2 Samuel 22:29 while singing a song of deliverance, the psalmist David said of the Lord, “You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness to light.”

In Isaiah 42:16 God speaks to the prophet and says, “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.”

And of course in the New Testament, in John 9:5, Jesus referred to Himself when He said “I am the light of the world.”

So, maybe Michelle was unaware of the analogy she was making, or maybe she was fully aware.  Either way, over the last three years the man who promised the miraculous has failed miserably.   Therefore, either Michelle or the object of her adoration should explain that, contrary to popular opinion in some circles, Barack Obama is not “The way, the truth, and the life.”

If the first lady’s ‘out of the darkness into the light’ comment isn’t eventually either retracted or at least explained, maybe somebody should make Michelle Obama and those in Nashville who applauded her aware of another Scripture in 2 Corinthians 11:13-14 that also references a man of light:  “…such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”

Barack’s Bible Quandary

Barack Obama is successfully utilizing newfound sincerity and political repositioning to turn an electoral shellacking into a standing ovation.  The President’s good fortune comes compliments of a nation populated with distracted Americans whose attention spans are so short that popular opinion vacillates from one 30-second sound bite to the next.

According to Slate magazine, Barack is the proud recipient of a recent uptick in the polls because: “Voters are pretty well satisfied with the thrashing they gave [him] two months ago. He had it coming, as far as they’re concerned; he’s got another chance to please or disappoint them.”

In an effort to please and not disappoint, a somber President recently positioned himself behind a plinth in a university basketball stadium and marked the occasion by reading to an audience of 14,000 from Psalms and the Book of Job. In a resounding voice, with conviction and reverence, Barack said this:

Scripture tells us: There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. (Ps. 46:4-5)

But when I looked for good, evil came; and when I waited for light, darkness came. My inward parts are in turmoil, and are never still; days of affliction come to meet me. I go about in sunless gloom; I stand up in the assembly and cry for help. (Job 30: 26-28)

Thankfully, community organizers are never accused of hypocrisy when painting “cartoon fruit characters” on middle school cafeteria walls for Martin Luther King’s birthday. However, on the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the President’s recommitment to continue to support abortion could place America’s newfangled Bible enthusiast in a bit of a jam.

To avoid being snagged in a quandary after the capacity crowd left the arena in Tucson and the endless media platitudes ceased, Barack should have invested time thumbing through the Bible before venturing out to make comments that contradict the temperate persona the President struggles to embrace.

If regaining the public’s affection is the goal, Obama’s timing is off.   The President should think before speaking because just days after quoting sacred text and just about the time the Right to Life march was due to descend on Washington DC, America’s moving-to-the-middle President exposed a questionable inner core by publicly vowing to defend legalized murder. America’s Bible thumping/pro-choice president lauded the benefits of a law responsible for the deaths of 60 million unborn children saying:

Today marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, and affirms a fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters.

I am committed to protecting this constitutional right. I also remain committed to policies, initiatives, and programs that help prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant women and mothers, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption.

And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.

Barack Obama’s pro-abortion declaration juxtaposed against the words quoted at the Arizona memorial embodies what Job meant when he lamented: “I looked for good and evil came, and waited for light” only to find darkness.

Expressing support for feticide and even giving a thumbs-up to occasional infanticide, the President speaks of women’s health but fails to clarify that the promised protection applies solely to women living outside the womb.

Obama’s disingenuousness was on display when he attempted to justify a woman’s right to choose by citing privacy.  Isn’t the President also committed to enacting intrusive legislation that will pay for abortions with tax dollars, control and regulate everything from earnings to food choices, dictate what vehicle Americans are allowed drive, and push policies that inject themselves into intimate family decisions by way of government oversight of healthcare?

Following up reading Scripture with a supportive statement on behalf of Roe v. Wade indicates Barack Obama should return to the Book of Job.  In Chapter 31, verse 15, Job refers to God and asks the question: “Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?”

To avoid further inconsistency, Barack should also take time to plumb the depths of the Old Testament.  Before the President proceeds with his reinvention tour, he should revisit Psalms, where in Chapter 139, verses 13 and 14 the Psalmist also speaks to God, declaring:  “You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

Intelligent individuals usually don’t need to be told that holding a Bible in one hand while handing a scalpel to an abortionist with the other negatively affects a person’s credibility.

If presented in context, the Scripture Obama read at the Tucson memorial stated clearly that the God of the Bible is the One whose hand places all living beings within the womb. That profound truth imposes a thorny predicament for a President who reads Scripture referencing the God that gives life, and then supports policy that bestows mortal man the right to take life away.

With that in mind, maybe Barack should heed another pertinent verse in the Bible, which says “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” If the President of the United States continues to sloppily issue conflicting proclamations in a clever attempt to reinvent his image on the back of the God of Scripture, the result will not be improved poll numbers, but public shame and devastating defeat.

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