The White House stressed that the President's National Prayer Breakfast speech wasn't intended to clarify religious affiliation. But, nevertheless, Obama affirmed his commitment to Christianity as a "sustaining force" with these words: "when Michelle and I hear our faith questioned from time to time, we are reminded that ultimately what matters is not what other people say about us but whether we're being true to our conscience and true to our God."
Naturally, a day after the personal speech, Media Matters and Fox Nation have a slightly different takes on the material. Fox Nation alleges that Obama "misquoted a familiar Bible verse" during the speech, while Media Matters' Ben Dimiero countered that Fox Nation appears "unfamiliar with the fact that there is more than one version of the Bible," and that not everyone still relies on King James.
Here's a recap:
- Obama's Original Speech (Transcript) - "...every day as we go through the hustle and bustle of our lives, whether it’s in Washington or Hollywood or anywhere in between, that we might every so often rise above the here and now, and kneel before the Eternal; that we might remember, Kaye, the fact that those who wait on the Lord will soar on wings like eagles, and they will run and not be weary, and they will walk and not faint."
- What Fox Nation Alleged - "The President was incorrect, "the actual passage, from Isaiah 40:31, states: "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."
- What Media Matters Noticed - "Obama was quoting from the New International Version, while Fox Nation was pointing to the King James Version to "debunk" him."
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