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In a departure from policy and politics, President Obama this morning used his weekly address to bring seasonal religious greetings to Americans. Citing the tenets of his own faith, Christianity, he pointed to the worship of God, the placing of neighbors' needs before our own, and, as he said, "to seeing in everyone, especially 'the least of these,' as a child of God."

Of course, those values are at the heart not just of the Christian faith; but of all faiths. From Judaism to Islam; Hinduism to Sikhism; there echoes a powerful call to serve our brothers and sisters. To keep in our hearts a deep and abiding compassion for all. And to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves.
He pointed to "the common humanity that binds us together"—all of us, worldwide. And he pointed to a binding faith that is uniquely American:
And as Americans, we’re united by something else, too: faith in the ideals that lie at the heart of our founding; and the belief that, as part of something bigger than ourselves, we have a shared responsibility to look out for our fellow citizens.
He closed describing a special hope for the weekend:
So this weekend, I hope we’re all able to take a moment to pause and reflect. To embrace our loved ones. To give thanks for our blessings. To rededicate ourselves to interests larger than our own.
To read the transcript in full, check below the fold or visit the White House website.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
As Prepared for Delivery
The White House
March 31, 2013

Hi, everybody. For millions of Americans, this is a special and sacred time of year.

This week, Jewish families gathered around the Seder table, commemorating the Exodus from Egypt and the triumph of faith over oppression. And this weekend, Michelle, Malia, Sasha and I will join Christians around the world to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the hopeful promise of Easter.

In the midst of all of our busy and noisy lives, these holy days afford us the precious opportunity to slow down and spend some quiet moments in prayer and reflection.

As Christians, my family and I remember the incredible sacrifice Jesus made for each and every one of us – how He took on the sins of the world and extended the gift of salvation. And we recommit ourselves to following His example here on Earth. To loving our Lord and Savior. To loving our neighbors. And to seeing in everyone, especially “the least of these,” as a child of God.

Of course, those values are at the heart not just of the Christian faith; but of all faiths. From Judaism to Islam; Hinduism to Sikhism; there echoes a powerful call to serve our brothers and sisters. To keep in our hearts a deep and abiding compassion for all. And to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves.

That’s the common humanity that binds us together. And as Americans, we’re united by something else, too: faith in the ideals that lie at the heart of our founding; and the belief that, as part of something bigger than ourselves, we have a shared responsibility to look out for our fellow citizens.

So this weekend, I hope we’re all able to take a moment to pause and reflect. To embrace our loved ones. To give thanks for our blessings. To rededicate ourselves to interests larger than our own.

And to all the Christian families who are celebrating the Resurrection, Michelle and I wish you a blessed and joyful Easter.

God bless you. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.
 

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  •  If White House Easter Egg roll were held in here (4+ / 0-)

    in Central Indiana, the kids might have to  hunt Easter Eggs in the snow this year. Weather man is getting redundant.

  •  Thanks Susan (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Aaaww, isn't that nice? Time to go preside over th (5+ / 0-)

    e Easter Egg Hunt.

    Checked the status of your Social Security and Medicare today? On or off the table?

    How many troops in Afghanistan, for how long, doing what? Drones droning, the F-35 just reached a major milestone in its development, doing a full "vertical landing" without crashing or killing anybody. The Wars of Choice have run up to $6 trillion, not counting outyears, and the Imperial Guard has its designs on the whole fucking planet, claiming ownership and control, with nice graphics:

    http://www.defense.gov/...

    But wait! There's More!

    "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

    by jm214 on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 07:28:14 AM PDT

    •  Some people have never found a parade that they (5+ / 0-)

      couldn't rain on, eh?

      "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

      by auron renouille on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 07:29:20 AM PDT

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      •  jm214 makes a point. (1+ / 0-)
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        •  One better made in diaries related to his subject (2+ / 0-)
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          matter(s).

          "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

          by auron renouille on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 08:05:11 AM PDT

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      •  There was a parade of sorts this week in Tampa (1+ / 0-)
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        Bay.

        The body of a GI killed in a vehicle accident in Notagainistan was paraded from McDill to his Final Resting Place, complete with a long line of military and police escorts, and press coverage, and little made-in-China American Flags along the route.

        It didn't rain that day.

        Are diarists fearful of hijacking, when they do puff pieces that play up the Narrative that in other contexts supports the tear-jerking fraud that the military pulls with these "Bringing Them Home" funerary parades? Glad that Obama does his sacramental and traditional functions. Do those make the world actually a better place, or just add another mote of distraction, so we don't pay attention to how our kids are dying in idiot Wars of Choice or signing up to support a predestined-to-fail grab at the Next Imperial We Can Rule The World Brass Ring?

        Let's all be polite, and follow The Rules, while the people who rule us follow only one rule: We gather the Easter Eggs, and they take them from us and eat them...

        "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

        by jm214 on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 08:38:04 AM PDT

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        •  The world is not perfect and Obama can't make (0+ / 0-)

          it so. When N Korea man sends his missiles here, I'm thinking a drone or 2 would be good.

          guns are fun v. hey buddy, watch what you are doing -- which side are you on?

          by 88kathy on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 08:43:54 AM PDT

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        •  As a point of advice... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...your advocacy reminds me of the person waving signs on the street corner and screaming at cars that go by, when the drivers are really concentrating on driving safely and not running over pedestrians.  Basically, if you want to win adherents to your cause(s), it's a good idea to not begin by pissing them off.

          When I read this kind of stuff, I mentally tune out - the same thing has been said for five years and nobody saying it with this same language of confrontation and agitation has yet to do something constructive and identify a solution to all of these problems, other than simply willing the world around us to change.  That's why this is so pointless - don't just berate those around you who are insufficiently pure.  So instead of standing on the street corner wailing, identify that solution to the problem or problems you care so deeply about and work towards it.

          "Protest" is not a policy.

          "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

          by auron renouille on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 08:51:26 AM PDT

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    •  How about "enforcement of the law" regarding Big (4+ / 1-)

      Bankstas, and fraudulent foreclosures, and regulation of derivatives, and take a run over to Naked Capitalism any given day for well-documented, "reality-based" exposure of a whole lot of other predatory and nonsensical bullshit that your tax dollars and your efforts to elect more and better Democrats are making possible:

      http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/

      There's apparently a lot more to it than getting enthusiastic about "candidates" and "leaving it all on the road," if the goal is not to be bankrupted, stripped naked and left out on an ice floe to drift off into the Arctic Sea...

      Ask the Labor Movement from the Good Ol' Days how figuring out commonality of interests, organizing and being able to make a show of economic and physical force led to the currently-being-unenforced-or-Glass-Stegalled rules that protected the "middle" a bit for a while from the Kochs, et al...

      "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

      by jm214 on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 07:34:22 AM PDT

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      •  HR'd, diary hijack. (2+ / 0-)
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        Once was obnoxious, twice is childish attention-seeking.

        "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

        by auron renouille on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 07:36:07 AM PDT

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        •  Bullshit - not a diary hijack. The diary is about (0+ / 0-)

          the President distracting departing from politics in his weekly speech, it was not about  cheering for same.

          That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

          by enhydra lutris on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 08:07:58 AM PDT

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          •  *eyeroll* (1+ / 0-)
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            So because his address didn't mention your pet issue, it's time to pee all over the floor again?

            "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

            by auron renouille on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 08:12:43 AM PDT

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        •  I don't think so. (0+ / 0-)

          These are big, important issues.  A president is supposed to lead the country toward solutions.  We have serious problems that affect the future of the US - indeed whether there will be a future for the US.  The commentator above is merely pointing out that the president has not been focused on what is important.  Any impartial observer would agree.

          I would add that to provide an address to the country encouraging us to "pause and reflect" and "rededicate ourselves to interests larger than our own" ought to think about what he is saying within the context of a bigger picture.

          By the way, one does not have to have "faith" in any higher power to do positive things.

          •  Then write a diary. (2+ / 0-)
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            Don't troll other people's diaries with your "big, important issues."

            "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

            by auron renouille on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 08:14:34 AM PDT

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      •  Uprated because it needs to be said. We don't (1+ / 0-)
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        need saccharine religious pablum and other distractions from reality, we need better reality.

        That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

        by enhydra lutris on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 08:04:51 AM PDT

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      •  How about YOU get back to work. Enough of this (0+ / 0-)

        fiddling around on a blog. That's not getting YOUR job done.

        guns are fun v. hey buddy, watch what you are doing -- which side are you on?

        by 88kathy on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 08:48:42 AM PDT

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  •  Might As Well Take A Break From Politics (4+ / 0-)
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    since a dysfunctional Congress is preventing anything from happening politically anyway.

  •  Thank You Mr. President for the uplifting and (8+ / 0-)

    positive holiday message.  It lifted my spirits just listening to it.

    Follow PA Keystone Liberals on Twitter: @KeystoneLibs

    by wishingwell on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 07:39:21 AM PDT

  •  This was the part that caught my attention the (4+ / 0-)
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    most:

    we have a shared responsibility to look out for our fellow citizens.
    I hope that when they consider SS in the "talks" and "cutting tables", this advise is remembered.
  •  Belief in God not a requirement... (4+ / 0-)
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    jm214, 88kathy, thomask, i love san fran

    For keeping "in our hearts a deep and abiding compassion for all. And to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves."

    Just sayin...

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