Some conservatives are annoyed that President Obama didn’t mention God during a short Thanksgiving address (Watch it aboveÂ ) he made on Thursday, November 24, 2011. Â They immediately took to Twitter and the Internet to voice anger and disbelief.
ABC News reports that multiple conservative columnists wrote about what they perceived as an oversight on the president’s part. “Holy cow! Is that one screwed up or what?” columnist Sherman Frederick of the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote in a Thanksgiving-morning blog post.
He continued: “Somebody ought to remind Obama (and his speechwriter) that when Americans sit down around a meal today and give thanks, they give thanks to God.”
Fox News columnist Todd Starnes wrote that the president’s “remarks were void of any religious references although Thanksgiving is a holiday traditionally steeped in giving thanks and praise to God.”
He continued: “The president said his family was ‘reflecting on how truly lucky we truly are.’ For many Americans, though, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on how blessed and thankful they are.”
And the Los Angeles Times reports that right-wing corners of Twitter were abuzz over Obama’s failure to get religious, with many retweeting Starnes’ headline: “Obama Leaves God Out of Thanksgiving Address.”
Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro didn’t hold back, tweeting: “Unreal that Obama doesn’t mention God in Thanksgiving message. Militant atheist. To whom does he think we are giving thanks?”
The popular website Daily Mail (UK) has taken the issue global, with an article under the same headline “What a Turkey! Outrage as Obama Leaves God Out of His Thanksgiving Address.“
Obama mentioned God once in a closing “God bless you,” to Americans watching the Internet address. However, the President explicitly thanked God earlier in the week in his written Thanksgiving proclamation, which called the holiday “one of our nation’s oldest and most cherished traditions,” and an occasion that “brings us closer to our loved ones and invites us to reflect on the blessings that enrich our lives.”
“As we gather in our communities and in our homes, around the table or near the hearth, we give thanks to each other and to God for the many kindnesses and comforts that grace our lives. Let us pause to recount the simple gifts that sustain us, and resolve to pay them forward in the year to come,” Obama wrote.
In his Thanksgiving Address, which clocked in at just over three minutes, Obama delivered a simple holiday message. He said that he and his family, like many Americans, would spend the day “eating great food, watching a little football, and reflecting on how truly lucky we are.”
He went on to thank military service members who were “eating Thanksgiving dinners far from your families” and Americans who “are taking time out of their holiday to serve in soup kitchens and shelters…this sense of mutual responsibility, the idea that I’m my brother’s keeper, that I’m my sister’s keeper, has always been part of what makes our country special.”
He also acknowledged America’s tough economic climate and its persistent political gridlock, offering hope that things could improve.Â As Gawker noted, the President did mention God in his 2009 and 2010 addresses.
Ironically, the attacks on Barack Obama came as the Republican White House hopefuls suspended their criticism of the president on Thursday in favor of a unified message of thanks to U.S. service members and their families.
Three of the Republican presidential candidates â€“ Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum â€“ issued Thanksgiving statements that omitted any references to God. While other candidates Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain and Rick Perry mentioned God in their statements. [via ABC News]