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An Unneeded Apology From Obama? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeffrey Wagg   
reagantimeDuring a recent interview on the current economic crisis, President-Elect Obama was asked by a reporter if he had spoken with former presidents about the matter. Obama replied "I have spoken to all of them... um... that are living." A tense pause follows and then, as a joking aside, he explains "Hey, I didn't want to get into a Nancy Reagan thing about, you know, doing any seances..." The room full of reporters laughs, and he moves on to more pressing issues. Later, according to CNN, Obama's staff said that Obama had apologized to Ms. Reagan "for the careless and offhanded remark."

But.. why? Ok, for political reasons.. of course he needed to do that. That's not what I'm concerned about. My concern is... what exactly is he apologizing for? Former First Lady Nancy Reagan publicly admits to using an astrologer for planning Ronald Reagan's schedule.  That's right.. the "leader of the free world" had his activities at least partially dictated by someone who believes that the position of the planets and stars dictate "goodness" and "badness" in an individual's daily life. That is a VERY scary thing, and I believe Ms. Reagan was rightfully mocked when this story broke in the early 1990's.

I can find no evidence that Nancy Reagan actually had anything to do with seances, so Obama probalby mispoke there, but I find it very interesting that when he tried to lessen the impact of his unclear statement, mocking Nancy Reagan's beliefs came to mind as an acceptable bit of light-heartedness. And this, I find to be a GOOD thing. We will soon have a man in office who thinks the idea of consulting astrologers to be laughable.

To answer my own question, yes, he needed to apologize. That was not an appropriate comment for him to make in his current position to a national audience, and Nancy Reagan didn't need to be mentioned at all. The remark was as stated, "careless and offhanded." But I'm glad he lost his composure for a moment, because I find the message he's really sending to be hopeful.

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written by Roger Smith, November 12, 2008
Wow ... everything changed while I was reading the article. :-)

Anyway ... "Unneeded" is spelled incorrectly in the title of the article.
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written by Jeff Wagg, November 12, 2008
Thanks Roger, that's fixed.
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written by Bruce, November 13, 2008
We will soon have a man in office who thinks the idea of consulting astrologers to be laughable, but he still thinks he can talk to an imaginary being in the form of prayer. One set of delusion for another. Still not very comforting.
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written by Brent, November 14, 2008
I really wonder how much he does believe in the imaginary being in the sky. As was said on the Daily Show one time. He has to say he believes because he is running in the US. What he really believes is harder to tell in my opinion.
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written by Alan Westmoreland, November 14, 2008
It's a sad fact that people have to pretend to be superstitious/religious to get elected.
Religion = superstition + money.
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written by David C., November 18, 2008
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written by Alan Westmoreland, November 14, 2008
It's a sad fact that people have to pretend to be superstitious/religious to get elected.
Religion = superstition + money.


Reminds me of the Family Guy episode where the wife runs for mayor and she only mentiones the words "Jesus" and "9-11" in the debate and wins.
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