As President Obama and his family headed out for their 6th holiday of the year, this time to Martha's Vineyard, yesterday, the news was not good on many fronts for both the President and the country.
While the Obama's seek a little fun in the sun, there are dark clouds gathering.
Weekly jobless claims unexpectedly jumped to 500,000 yesterday, the highest in 9 months.
The non-partisan CBO reported yesterday that the US deficit is now 9.1% of the GDP, assuring tough times for the foreseeable future.
The current 9.5% unemployment is now not expected to fall to the desired 5% until 2014 or beyond. The benchmark for full employment has typically been 4%.
A poll released this week found that only 4 in 10 approve of the President's handling of the economy.
And the President's comments about the Mosque at Ground Zero are not going away.
Even the left to far left Time Magazine reported yesterday that according to their own poll, 61% oppose construction of the Mosque, while only 26% approve and the public perception is that President Obama is part of the 26%.
Seventy percent (70%) feel it will be an insult to the victims of the 9-11 attacks.
And 24% believe President Obama is a Muslim. Time reports that 24% "mistakenly believe that the current occupant of the Oval Office is himself a Muslim."
The White House is doing their best to tamp down the growing doubts about what the President really believes.
White House Spokesman, Bill Burton, on the flight to Martha's Vineyard yesterday told the press that people don't really care about the President's religion.
But they do care, and denials are not causing their concerns to go away.
Burton said, "The President is obviously a Christian. He prays every day." Clearly Mr. Burton missed the fact that many people pray every day to all kinds of objects, gods and shrines.
These are tough times. Times when many believe there are no absolutes, therefore no absolute answers.
Here are some ABSOLUTES. Think about them over the weekend.
First. "God is our refuge and strength, a tested help in times of trouble. So we need not fear even if the world blows up, and the mountains crumble into the sea. He will not delay His help. Stand silent. Know that I am God. I will be honored by every nation in the world." (Psalms 46:1,2,5,10. Living Bible.)
Relax. God is in control.
Second. "If my people , who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." ( ll Chronicles 7:14)
Heal their land.
Be Prayerful. Be Humble. Be Healed.
Faith and Freedom
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