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This is your “Christian” evangelical president. pic.twitter.com/u0478FoSyR
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) December 5, 2018
When the Barack, Michelle, Bill, Hillary, Jimmy, and Rosalyn started reciting it, perhaps he thought the Apostles Creed was some kind of loyalty oath for the Democratic Party.
A recent poll has found that almost fifty percent of evangelicals say a Donald Trump recommendation would make them more likely to vote for a candidate. Meanwhile, fifty-four percent of evangelicals said a Hillary Clinton endorsement would make them less likely to vote for a candidates.
Here is the list of evangelicals’ most-trusted celebrity endorsers:
- Donald Trump
- Mike Pence
- George W. Bush
- Paul Ryan
- Barack Obama
- Michelle Obama
- Joel Osteen
- Bernie Sanders
- Jerry Falwell Jr.
Here is the list of evangelical’s least-trusted celebrity endorsers:
- Hillary Clinton
- Kim Kardashian
- Nancy Pelosi
- Bill Clinton
- Kanye West
- Barack Obama
- Michelle Obama
- Ellen DeGeneres
- Bernie Sanders
Kate Shellnut has a story on this survey at Christianity Today. Read it here.
A few quick observations:
- Joel Osteen is the only minister who made the top ten.
- Evangelicals trust Oprah more than ministers to offer them political advice.
- The Obamas and Bernie Sanders are on both lists.
- Evangelicals do not take political advice from Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Beyonce, and Ellen, but the fact they they made the “least-trusted” list shows that they are clearly obsessed with these celebrities.
Oh yeah, so is Barack and Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Tom Hanks.
Read all about it at Radio New Zealand.
I am glad to see this. Some combination of Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, Donald Trump’s craziness, and Black Lives Matter has apparently changed Glenn Beck for the better. Or at least that is what The New Yorker is reporting.
Here is a taste:
One recent morning, after the release of Donald Trump’s Tic Tac tape and his subsequent mansplanation about locker-room talk, Glenn Beck clicked on a video of Michelle Obama campaigning for Hillary Clinton in a New Hampshire gymnasium. The First Lady ripped into Trump’s comments, calling them “disgraceful” and “intolerable,” and adding, “It doesn’t matter what party you belong to—Democrat, Republican, Independent—no woman deserves to be treated this way.” Beck was mesmerized. On his radio program that day, he heralded Obama’s remarks as “the most effective political speech I have heard since Ronald Reagan.”
“Those words hit me where I live,” Beck said the other day. He was speedwalking up Eighth Avenue with his wife, son, and daughter, all in from Toronto. “If you’re a decent human being, those words were dead on.”
Decency is a fresh palette for Beck, who, at Fox, used to scribble on a chalkboard while launching into conspiratorial rants about looming Weimar-esque hyperinflation, Barack Obama’s ties to radicals with population-cleansing schemes, and a Marxist-Islamist cabal itching to take over America. He once described Clinton as “a stereotypical bitch” and accused Obama of being a racist with a “deep-seated hatred for white people.”
That was the old Beck, he insists: “I did a lot of freaking out about Barack Obama.” But, he said, “Obama made me a better man.” He regrets calling the President a racist and counts himself a Black Lives Matter supporter. “There are things unique to the African-American experience that I cannot relate to,” he said. “I had to listen to them.”
Beck’s interactions with Donald Trump helped, too. He told a story of Trump summoning him to a guest room at Mar-a-Lago; Trump then telephoned him from an adjacent room. “We had this weird, almost Howard Hughes-like conversation,” Beck said. He left convinced that Trump was nuts. “This guy is dangerously unhinged,” he said. “And, for all the things people have said about me over the years, I should be able to spot Dangerously Unhinged.”
Read the rest here.
I wonder if he will rethink his love of David Barton.
Also, as some of you may recall, I have had some experience with Glenn Beck as it relates to Barack Obama.
Here is some humor for your day:
I don’t know how parts of Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC convention speech got into Melania Trump’s speech at last night’s GOP convention in Cleveland. Maybe she deliberately stole Obama’s words. Maybe she looked at Obama’s speech, drew some ideas and phrases from it, and was sloppy in her use of them. I am guessing a speechwriter is to blame. The fact that the Trump campaign has said that Melania spent 5-6 weeks working on this speech with a speechwriter does not help matters.
Whatever the case, I think most of us agree that plagiarism happened last night.
The only exception is the Trump campaign. Here is campaign manager Paul Manafort:
I think its fair to say that Manofort and the Trump campaign deny that plagiarism happened last night.
But plagiarism DID happen last night. The evidence is all over the news today.
This is partly why I signed Historians Against Trump.
Things in the past happened.
Historians use available evidence to inform the public that things in the past happened.
Historians make sure the evidence that proves that something happened in the past is not ignored.
As Joyce Appleby, Lynn Hunt, and Margaret Jacob argued in their book Telling the Truth About History: “something happened out there…and we have the ability, if we have the faith, to learn what that something is.”
George W. Bush is taking a lot of heat for this:
If you think that Bush’s dancing and moving to the beat of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” was inappropriate for a memorial service, check out this piece at The Atlantic.
Here is a taste:
It has come to the attention of our editorial board—a group of august, Harvard-educated, middle-aged Boston Brahmins in tweedy suits sitting at heavy wooden desks and smoking fine pipe tobacco * —that there’s a controversy afoot involving “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” To wit, former President George W. Bush is being criticized for swaying just a little too zestily during a rendition at Tuesday’s memorial service in Dallas for five police officers killed by a gunman…
Let us (we tweedy band of editors) stipulate that this is hardly the most important or momentous news of the day. Let us stipulate further, however, that as the periodical that first published Julia Ward Howe’s abolitionist poem, The Atlanticfeels a special obligation to weigh in on the matter.
So here it is: Eh, let the guy be.
Look, any criticism delivered can only pale in comparison to the greater penalty Bush faces in this case, which is for anyone to watch this video, in which he looks like—to use the scientific term—a doofus. The true star of this clip is First Lady Michelle Obama, who looks at Bush with what looks like affectionate shade and helpless embarrassment as he rocks out, even as the rest of the dais stands somberly. But when the choir hits the chorus (“Glory, glory hallelujah!”) both Obamas seem to get into the act, swaying along with Bush.
Two points here: First, it’s not the case that getting in the spirit and even laughing are incompatible with memorializing the dead, a point made eloquently by Obama’s own rendition of “Amazing Grace” at a memorial in Charleston for those slain at Emanuel AME Church. Second, it’s the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” not the “Battle Dirge of the Republic.” The tune was borrowed from a religious camp meeting song, and even before Howe wrote her lyrics, Union soldiers hadadopted it as a marching song, under the name “John Brown’s Body….”
In short, it’s a song made for movement, not stiffness.
In conclusion, leave Dubya alone.
Read the entire post here.
The Obama’s meet a 106-year old woman:
From Amy Bass:
I feel like Michelle and Malia shop at a totally different J Crew from me.