Capping off remarks about innocent victims of a racist shooting spree with a joke is tasteless.
Capping them off with a joke couched as a prayer is near unforgiveable.
But that’s what President Obama did Monday at the White House Easter Breakfast, where his condolences to the families of three people killed at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement center in Kansas were followed by this gem, according to the New York Daily News.
“Lord, fill my mouth with worthwhile stuff and nudge me when I’ve said enough,” Obama said as he ended his prayer before pastors and religious leaders assembled for the event. “The Almighty is nudging me.”
The presidential prayer was posted on Twitter by Mark Knoller of CBS News.
Pres Obama’s prayer of the day: “Lord – fill my mouth with worthwhile stuff and nudge me when I’ve said enough.” pic.twitter.com/FK3I7bLfPR
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 14, 2014
Reaction was swift — and not kind, since the blood had barely dried at the Overland Park, Kan., crime scenes, where authorities say a white supremacist killed three people, including a man and his grandson, on the day before the start of Passover.
@markknoller Hardly Presidential considering the circumstances.
— Hugo Hackenbush (@MangyLover) April 14, 2014
@hale_razor Wish he’d been praying this hard the other day. #AttackOfTheDrone@markknoller
— tree hugging sister (@treehuggingsis) April 14, 2014
Other reviews were even less kind.
@markknoller That should reduce his speech length average.
— Razor (@hale_razor) April 14, 2014
@markknoller Laughable Coming From Him!!
— Joe (@tradethecycles) April 14, 2014
Some waxed lyrical.
@markknoller good grief..’Lord, who fills his ears with such useless fluff? Has no one told him? We have had enough!!’
— penelope210 (@penelopesire) April 14, 2014
Others were mystified.
@markknoller seriously???? #facepalm
— Laura Y (@XLaura61) April 14, 2014
@markknoller For reals??!!
— Daphne Beitman (@DaphodilB) April 14, 2014
But one hit the nail right on the head.
@markknoller “Why didn’t I think of that” ~ Joe Biden
— John Gort (@JohnGort) April 14, 2014
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