We all knew this day would come: the day our gleeful smiles are smacked right off our face by the abusive parent known as harsh reality. Obama is a politician–a newbie politician.
That was made painfully evident yesterday when Obama chose Pastor Rick Warren to give a prayer at his inauguration. He either did this to glad-hand the fools and rubes who will interpret this as some glimmer of hope that Obama seeks God’s guidance in his leadership (which I highly doubt), or he did it because Warren is his pal, and he thought—eh, why not? If it’s the latter, then Obama forgets that in Washington, no one is a person and everyone is a symbol for something greater than they are. In this case, Rick Warren is a symbol for the anti-abortion movement and anti-gay rights movement.
I certainly hope that Obama does not assume that the “Yes on Prop 8” people represent his base. Unless I’m mistaken, everyone I know who voted for Obama would be unhappy with this choice (were I to ask them). He could have picked a myriad of other religious people to offer fluffy words to an entity that doesn’t exist, but he picked Rick Warren. Bad move.
Clearly Obama is unaware of the study that prayer actually has a negative effect on its subjects. Another newbie mistake.