Does Obama Feel Divinely Ordained?

More

David Corn's book Showdown, which chronicles the Obama presidency during a pivotal year, was published this week. In discussing the book with Corn on Bloggingheads.tv, I was struck, more than ever, by Obama's cool self-confidence. You can scroll down the page to see Corn discussing examples of that. But first his reaction when I asked him something I've long wondered--whether Obama's calm comes from a sense that God is on his side:

Here Corn discusses Obama's approach to the Navy Seals mission that resulted in the killing of Osama bin Laden. Don't miss the part at the end about Corn's encounter with Obama while (unbeknownst to Corn) the mission was underway:

And here Corn discusses Obama's strategic patience:

You can watch the whole conversation here.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Robert Wright is the author of The Evolution of God and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In