Barack Obama’s Structuring Absence


As we all know there was a big op concert at the Lincoln Memorial yesterday in whcih a raft of stars headed by Bruce WAL-MART sang in praise of Barack Obama. Bishop Gene Robinson spoke an invocation which thanks to a thoughtful person from Christianity Today can be seen HERE

And here is a transcript:

“Welcome to Washington! The fun is about to begin, but first, please join me in pausing for a moment, to ask God’s blessing upon our nation and our next president.
O God of our many understandings, we pray that you will…
Bless us with tears – for a world in which over a billion people exist on less than a dollar a day, where young women from many lands are beaten and raped for wanting an education, and thousands die daily from malnutrition, malaria, and AIDS.
Bless us with anger – at discrimination, at home and abroad, against refugees and immigrants, women, people of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
Bless us with discomfort – at the easy, simplistic “answers” we’ve preferred to hear from our politicians, instead of the truth, about ourselves and the world, which we need to face if we are going to rise to the challenges of the future.
Bless us with patience – and the knowledge that none of what ails us will be “fixed” anytime soon, and the understanding that our new president is a human being, not a messiah.
Bless us with humility – open to understanding that our own needs must always be balanced with those of the world.
Bless us with freedom from mere tolerance – replacing it with a genuine respect and warm embrace of our differences, and an understanding that in our diversity, we are stronger.
Bless us with compassion and generosity – remembering that every religion’s God judges us by the way we care for the most vulnerable in the human community, whether across town or across the world.
And God, we give you thanks for your child Barack, as he assumes the office of President of the United States.
Give him wisdom beyond his years, and inspire him with Lincoln’s reconciling leadership style, President Kennedy’s ability to enlist our best efforts, and Dr. King’s dream of a nation for ALL the people.
Give him a quiet heart, for our Ship of State needs a steady, calm captain in these times.
Give him stirring words, for we will need to be inspired and motivated to make the personal and common sacrifices necessary to facing the challenges ahead.
Make him color-blind, reminding him of his own words that under his leadership, there will be neither red nor blue states, but the United States.
Help him remember his own oppression as a minority, drawing on that experience of discrimination, that he might seek to change the lives of those who are still its victims.
Give him the strength to find family time and privacy, and help him remember that even though he is president, a father only gets one shot at his daughters’ childhoods.
And please, God, keep him safe. We know we ask too much of our presidents, and we’re asking FAR too much of this one. We know the risk he and his wife are taking for all of us, and we implore you, O good and great God, to keep him safe. Hold him in the palm of your hand – that he might do the work we have called him to do, that he might find joy in this impossible calling, and that in the end, he might lead us as a nation to a place of integrity, prosperity and peace.

HBO did not broadcast these words ON DIRECT ORDERS FROM BARACK OBAMA.

IOW Teh Ghey is The Nothing.

Martin Luther KIng had a dream.

I have a nightmare


  1. buckythepony January 19, 2009 1:34 pm 

    I’m sure that BHO will ask the networks not to air Warren’s invocation on Tuesday as well to avoid controversy and so as not to offend anyone.

    He’s so sensitive that way.

    I’m waiting for something tangible from the Obama administration. Inviting the very tragic Right Reverend Robinson to pray at an event where only he will not be televised hardly counts.

    For now, I’m taking a page out of the Obama book of political expediency and am looking forward to working with the new President on such issues where we can agree and that will have a positive impact on the gay community (even if not targets specifically towards gays and lesbians).

    Fuck everything else.

  2. David E January 19, 2009 2:53 pm 

    Well I’d like to do that to, but the way he’s treated this affair gives me more than pause. The entire business was so easily avoided. Warren shouldn’t have been invited to read the invocation at the inaguration. There’s a host of perfectly aceptable non-controversial miniters he could have chosen from. But picking Warren set off a firestorm, and in suppsoedly atempting to quell it through Robinson he’s only added insult to injury.

    He keeps claiming he wants to “unite.” But does he really? No he doesn’t.

    Is this same ham-fistedness (to put it kindly) what we’re to expect for all manner of projects down the line?

    I’m afraid so.

  3. buckythepony January 19, 2009 4:31 pm 

    Interesting that Obama’s team and HBO are each now blaming the other for Rt. Rev. Robinson not being aired.

    Sadly, I’m more willing to believe HBO than Obama’s people on this one. Having already lied to us once before when they claimed that Robinson was always planned to speak at this event instead of being added in response to the outcry from the gay community over Warren, Team Obama has lost the benefit of the doubt and any credibility they might have once had.

    Fuck ‘em.

  4. The Promiscuous Reader January 20, 2009 11:30 pm 

    That’s strange, David. I thought you disapproved of people who believe in a big invisible bi-polar daddy-who-lives-in-the-sky and has ultimate moral authority.

  5. David E January 20, 2009 11:32 pm 

    Well ultimately I do. But on a FAR simpler level Barry doesn’t make me want to throw up.
    That counts for something, small as it undoubtedly is.

  6. admin January 22, 2009 8:33 am 

    I don’t know about the HBO stuff but I gotta say; that is a fucking awesome speech/prayer/invocation/whatever. I hope that in some future edition of a “Great Speeches” type compilation book, it gets a prominent place.

  7. David E January 22, 2009 11:02 am 

    I’m sure it wil be. A lot of what he says in the speech should be marked for future consultation as events unfold.

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