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Obama Memorial Day Speech in Illinois Cut Short By A Thunderstorm . . . How Long Before We Hear It Was God’s Punishment? | June 1, 2010


As reported by the Huffington Post, “Torrential rain, lightning, thunder and strong winds forced President Barack Obama to cancel a Memorial Day speech at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Illinois.” The President’s Memorial Day visit to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery — instead of Arlington — has, of course, resulted in right-wing howling. commented that “. . . some conservatives, still smarting over the criticism George W. Bush fielded for his frequent trips to Crawford, Texas, say Obama’s trip to Chicago over Memorial Day weekend is conspicuously poor in its timing.” Of course they think that. Of course, it’s not like Arlington Cemetery was lacking a White House presence — Vice President Joe Biden attended the ceremony there.

There’s really little to beef about here, but as we know, conservatives have committed themselves to an agenda — it’s kind of like the country song, “I really hate her [him], I’ll think of a reason later.”

If President Obama had been at Arlington, the right-wingers would most likely have grumped that he wasn’t on the Gulf Coast riding BP’s ass. If he’d been on the Gulf Coast, we would have heard an outcry that he doesn’t care about the military. And so it goes.

But I’m gonna preempt the right-wingnuts on this one. I’m predicting that somewhere in the blogosphere, the conservatives are gonna play this thunderstorm — which included torrential rain, lightning, thunder, the whole works, and which effectively canceled President Obama’s speech in Illinois — as the work of God smiting heathens or something. As noted by, “There are plenty of Biblical passages that would suggest God does micromanage the weather, or other phenomenon of nature. The prophet Ezekiel believed that God used tremendous storms as a weapon to punish the unrighteous: ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: I will make a stormy wind break out in my wrath; and there shall be a deluge of rain in my anger.'” So there you have it: Even God him/herself is against the President.

It wouldn’t be the first time the right viewed President Obama as a tool of God’s wrath. As reported by the Tyler Morning Telegraph in April, Texas state Representative Leo Berman claimed that “Barack Obama is God’s punishment on us today . . . .” In December of last year, when a snowstorm hit Washington DC, RedState editor Erick Erickson said that “God hates the Democrats’ health care deform. With funding death panels and abortions, of course the Almighty would send a snow storm or, in Brian’s words, a snowpocalypse to shut down Washington.”

A snowstorm in December in DC, a rainstorm in May in Illinois — if you’re a right wingnut, you can’t view it any other way: God must hate President Obama.



  1. Come, come Julie. Certain things are just so deliciously ironic that even most saints couldn’t pass them up. I chortle with glee, praise heaven and declare God Has Spoken every time an epic snowstorm cancels a Global Warming event. I must admit that the footage of BHO in that storm caused an unholy thrill of “Yes, Grammie, there is a God” to pop unbidden into my mind.

    Surprisingly, or not, some people from both sides of the aisle seem to actually believe it. For example:

    “Geniuses of liberal talk take on the oil spill. “And this is another example that God is a Democrat, clearly,” said Stephanie Miller on Friday.”


    Comment by Grammie — June 10, 2010 @ 11:16 AM

    • Well, Grammie, since President Obama was in Illinois, crappy weather should have been expected — we barely have anything but! Yeah, you’re right – both sides of the aisle see God’s hand in stuff that God’s hand ain’t in. I’m not a believer that God is smiting us . . . but that doesn’t keep people from reading the tea leaves.

      Comment by Liberal TKO — June 10, 2010 @ 11:23 AM

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