Does Obama Feel Divinely Ordained?

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.

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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.

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