Obama Presidency

Obama Leaves Out "God" & "Life" in Thanksgiving Proclamation

| by Jill Stanek

Politico posted a story November 25 entitled, "Obama goes basic in Thanksgiving proclamation."

The story intrigued me because daughter Daena worked as a writer, of proclamations in part, for President Bush during the last 18 months of his 2nd term. Coincidentally, Daena wrote Bush's last Thanksgiving proc in 2008.

Politico noted...

A president's 1st Thanksgiving Day proclamation is an opportunity for the commander in chief to highlight his new administration's accomplishments or reassure the nation at a time of gratitude and family togetherness.

But President Obama's Turkey Day bulletin Monday went in a different direction.

Obama's declaration is short - just over 400 words - and gives no specific examples of things that Americans should rejoice in or recover from, despite his eventful first year in office....

So I compared President Bush's last and President Obama's 1st and found the Obama writer pretty much followed Daena's template, with the exception of excluding personal acknowledgment of Who to be thankful to, according to Bush's proclamation:

On this day, let us all give thanks to God who blessed our Nation's first days and who blesses us today. May He continue to guide and watch over our families and our country always.

Obama's only mention of God was in a quote by George Washington.

There were notable deviations between the 2. For instance, President Bush called the 1st celebrants "Pilgrims," Obama said they were "European settlers."

And Daena made sure President Bush's proclamation was chock full of thanksgiving for Life:

We recognize that all of these blessings, and life itself, come not from the hand of man but from Almighty God....

Having arrived in the New World, these early settlers gave thanks to the Author of Life....

Today, as we look back on the beginnings of our democracy, Americans recall that we live in a land of many blessings where every person has the right to live, work, and worship in freedom....

Of course, Obama's pro-death team scrubbed all that.