President Obama Takes Direct Jab at Republican Christian Hypocrisy (Video)

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As a progressive I don’t shy away from the fact that I’m a supporter of President Obama. While I know he’s far from perfect, I do believe that history will look back upon his eight years in the White House as some of the most successful of any president who’s ever held the title of President of the United States.


Unfortunately for this president, he’s dealt with three things that no other president in our nation’s history has ever had to endure:

  • Taking the Oath of Office in the midst of the worst economic recession in almost a century.
  • Inheriting two wars he didn’t start.
  • Being the first president to suffer the full wrath of social media.

And make no mistake about it, that last one is every bit as important as the first two. If there’s one thing we should have all learned by now about social media, it’s that it has unfortunately given a voice to some of the most radical and crazy amongst us. While presidents have always been scrutinized, social media has brought our petty scrutiny of everything our Commander-in-Chief does to a whole other level.

That being said, I do wish that President Obama would call Republican idiocy out more often than he has. While I understand that he had the lofty goal of being some sort of uniter when he was first elected, it was blatantly obvious from the get-go that Republicans, no matter what he did, were going to oppose anything and everything he supported. I don’t believe there’s ever been a president in our nation’s history who’s had to endure such blatant sabotage and obstruction as this one has had to deal with.

Well, during the annual Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House on Tuesday, President Obama went a little “off script” while taking a direct jab at conservative “Christian” hypocrisy.

“On Easter I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian I am supposed to love,” Obama said. “I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians I get concerned. But that’s a topic for another day. I was about to veer off. I’m pulling it back.”

“Where there is injustice we defend the oppressed,” he continued. “Where there is disagreement, we treat each other with compassion and respect. Where there are differences, we find strength in our common humanity, knowing that we are all children of God.”


I’ve long maintained that one of the biggest issues conservatives have with President Obama, aside from his race, is that he’s simply too intelligent for them to understand. The typical conservative is very simplistic in their ideology, while history shows us that those who often bring about ideas that are different from what we’re used to are shunned by many of those in society. Nearly every major progressive step we’ve made in this nation (ending slavery, giving women the right to vote, ending segregation, the Civil Rights Act, same-sex marriage) has been met with fierce opposition. It’s happened time and time again and each time history reflects back upon those who opposed that progress negatively.

And when all is said and done, I fully believe that these conservatives who’ve so vehemently opposed President Obama, and the progress he’s tried to bring this nation, will be reflected back upon much in the same negative light as we do those who’ve stood in the way of other progressive movements we’ve seen in this country.

Watch Obama’s comments below via the Associated Press:





Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • GimmeSomeTruth

    President Obama erred when he said: “I have to say that sometimes when I listen-to-less-than loving expressions by Christians I get concern”… What these Conservative/Republicans are doing is taking the name of God in vain. Using the name of our Savior Jesus Christ to further their agenda of hate and intolerance for their own gain. Knowing that one of the biggest weaknesses mankind may have is religious preoccupation, they know how to exploit this weakness on the gullible and naïve. No true Christian, and I repeat no true Christian preaches hatred and intolerance, therefore they are not true Christians. “Beware of the wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing”…

    • Ting Tong Man

      Wrong

    • Aquaria

      You obviously have not read your genocidal hate manual for comprehension. They are just as much of christers as you are, cupcake, because they are following your evil hate manual. Your book is full to the brim of violent fantasies of murdering masses of people, enslaving them and torturing them forever.

      It is one of the most repulsive piles of vomit ever written.

  • Macdoodle

    Obama is no Christian….he is a closet Muslim.

    • BobJThompson

      And you win the first Muslim comment race. Good job! Weee!
      Glen Beck will be by shortly to give your gold star.

    • not ted danson

      And you’re an uninformed moron– congratulations!

    • Flat Banana

      You are right Mac.

    • Gavitron

      Still a better Christian than most Christians, somehow.

      • Aquaria

        Most people are better than most christers. The religion makes all of them immoral, some more than others.

    • Laura Hague Mock

      You are a closet idiot to keep passing around that long ago debunked GOP talking point. http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/muslim.asp

  • Cemetery Girl

    While I agree that there are too many Christians that don’t act according to the teachings of Jesus, I don’t enjoy the President’s jab. It must be frustrating for him, but taking the high road is more befitting of his office. It is by comparison a very small jab, and I’m sure it must take much restraint to refrain from making a large, direct rant, but I think it shows better character to rise above. We have congress making our country like the Springer show…

    • not ted danson

      It’s not even really a jab, it’s the truth.

    • Allen

      What the fudge did you think he had been doing for the first six years of his Presidency? He had taken the high road long enough. Some of us wish he had been calling them out sooner. Like someone said, “he has no more fu**s to give.” to these unchristian hypocrites. Instead of you helping the president in calling them out, you’re still blaming the victim.

    • Aquaria

      What teachings are those? The ones that say to follow your sadistic zombie deity or else get tortured forever? That is what he says, cupcake, right there in big ol’ red letters.

      Well, I don’t expect any of you to be moral enough to think through what it is that you sign up for. You all turn off your brains and your humanity to follow your genocidal hate cult, so what else can we expect of you but blind loyalty to evil?

  • Jim Bean

    History will record Obama as the greatest man who ever graced the planet if the author gets to do the writing. Even Jesus will have yield.

    • Aquaria

      As far as I know, Obama isn’t all that big on torturing anyone and everyone that disagrees with him. That automatically makes him more moral than your evil zombie filth deity, cupcake.

  • Bob Kennerson

    What do you expect from our Muslim President?

    • Sunnysmom

      You people are so funny.

      • Bob Kennerson

        “you people?” That sounds very racist and narrowminded from a lib.

      • Gavitron

        Sorry, what race are you if you think Obama is a Muslim?

      • Bob Kennerson

        That’s very stupid, considering one’s religion has nothing do to with their race. There are plenty of Asian and Caucasian Muslims. Get a brain!

      • Aquaria

        Stupidity isn’t a race, stupid. It’s a trait, and one you’re apparently proud to wallow in. Try to keep up.

      • Bob Kennerson

        Don’t worry…I’m much better educated and far more intelligent than you, imbecile.