While President Obama continues to insert raw partisan politics into absolutely everything he does and every speech he makes, the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning was no exception.
The annual National Prayer Breakfast bills itself as a celebration of faith and togetherness. Unfortunately, President Barack Obama noted, that spirit doesn't last much past the coffee.During his speech at the breakfast Thursday morning at the Washington Hilton, where he spoke before community and religious leaders as well as some lawmakers, the president lamented the current tone in Washington."I do worry sometimes that as soon as we leave the prayer breakfast, everything we've been talking about the whole time at the prayer breakfast seems to be forgotten. On the same day of the prayer breakfast," Obama said, and paused as the attendees laughed. "I mean, you'd like to think the shelf life wasn't so short. I go back to the Oval Office and I start watching the cable news networks, and it's like we didn't pray."
It is no wonder that the American public, people who don't always follow along with politics as closely as some of us do, believe we are a people divided now more so than ever.
In a December, 80 percent of respondents said the country was more divided politically than in the past. In a separate question, 60 percent said people they know are more divided politically than in the past. These were the highest responses on these questions since Pew began asking them in 2004. In a November Gallup/USA Today poll, 69 percent of respondents said Americans were “greatly divided” when it comes to the most important values; 29 percent said Americans were united and in agreement about them.Leadership comes from the top down. President Obama continues to lead a divided nation by encouraging more division.
"Dr. Benjamin S. Carson at National Prayer Breakfast slammed political correctness, health care, and the national debt with President Obama seated right in front of him." Dr. Carson is Pediatric Neurosurgery Division Director at Johns Hopkins Hospital. This man spoke truth to power as President Obama didn't look too terribly happy about it. Dr. Carson does it with much humor and a happy spirit. I highly recommend watching the video of the speech.
Dr. Carson and his wife began the Carson Scholars program sixteen years ago. Since then, they have awarded 5,000 scholarships to students for college education. They are now in all 50 states and support a diverse group of young people. Dr. Carson spoke of the beginnings of his scholarship program, which began when he saw a need to praise and support young scholars with the same enthusiasm as young athletes.
President Obama didn't bother to applaud as the rest of the audience did when Dr. Carson spoke with common sense about scholarship, fairness in taxation, common sense solutions to health care delivery and the like. To her credit, the First Lady was shown applauding with the others.