Incompetence, Ignorance or Intentionality

I don’t spend a whole lot more time thinking about politics than I have to anymore these days.  I try to stay informed for my duty as a citizen of the United States and as a voter, but I don’t stay immersed in politics like I used to when I was younger.  That said, I keep seeing stories about President Obama that just make it hard to ignore that they have a serious problem up there in Washington D.C.

The latest round of unbelievable absurdity comes courtesy of the Easter season.  Let me give you two stories and you be the judge.  Is this the result of incompetence, ignorance or is this intentional?

First, the White House neglected to put out an official  Easter message.  Turns out they were able to remember Good Friday Earth Day but seemingly blanked on making any kind of statement about Easter.  Maybe it is better this way considering the mess they made of it last year.

In 2010, Obama was criticized for releasing an all-inclusive Easter greeting. He reached out to Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and people of no faith at all in a statement about a holiday that is uniquely Christian.

This is the man that some people suspect is a “secret Muslim” and not a real Christian despite his statements to the contrary, so surely the ignoring Easter thing is just an attempt to avoid making “religious statements.”

By comparison, the White House has released statements recognizing the observance of major Muslim holidays and released statements in 2010 on Ramadan, Eid-ul-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid-ul-Adha.

The White House  . . . did release an eight-paragraph statement heralding Earth Day. Likewise, the president’s weekend address mentioned neither Good Friday or Easter.*

But wait, Obama finally went to church as President.  Of course, he wanted to avoid any potentially controversial type of church like that one in Illinois that caused so much trouble for him in the 2008 campaign.

“[Pastor Smith] talked about how his baby grandson’s gurgling is actually “talking” because he is saying ‘I am here … they tried to write me off as 3/5 a person in the Constitution, but I am here right now … and is saying I am not going to let anybody from stopping me from being what God wants me to be.'”

An interesting tidbit to throw into an Easter sermon but surely that is just a quirky thing since his grandson was there for the first time.  Surely, Obama didn’t pick another church with a pastor who has a history of making inflammatory statements from the pulpit.  Did he?

No great research team was needed to uncover what comes next.  The fact that a YouTube search immediately grants the answer only underscores how astronomically inept/lazy/biased the media can be.  This is in fact another pastor who sees racism around every corner, preaches white hatred, and equates talk radio with the Klan, specifically mentioning Rush.

Oh, he did.  I just have to know.  Is this the result of incompetence (i.e. the people who advise Obama and Obama himself don’t investigate these things ahead of time), ignorance (i.e. they are truly clueless that such things could be seen as bad or malicious) or intentional (i.e. this is who he really is and they just hope people don’t realize it)?

What do you think?  With this much evidence piling up, it appears that the charitable “benefit of the doubt” is less and less of an option for even the most staunch defenders of the president.

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