An Attempt to Clear the Air Over Senator Perdue’s Remarks About President Obama

Senator David Perdue’s press spokeserson reached out to GeorgiaPol in order to provide some context for the Senator’s remarks during his speech at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority conference in Washington. While the senator quoted a portion of Psalm 109, a video and transcript of that portion of his remarks appears to indicate that the reference to letting President Obama’s days be few were made in jest:

DAVID PERDUE: I think we are called to pray. I think we’re called to pray for our country, for our leaders, and yes, even our President. In his role as president I think we should pray for Barack Obama. But I think we need to be very specific about how we pray. We should pray like Psalms 109:8 says. It says, “Let his days be few, and let another have his office.”

(LAUGHTER)

DAVID PERDUE: In all seriousness, I believe that America is at a moment of crisis.

Caroline Vanvick, Senator Perdue’s press spokesman issued this statement:

Senator Perdue said we are called to pray for our country, for our leaders, and for our president. He in no way wishes harm towards our president and everyone in the room understood that. However, we should add the media to our prayer list because they are pushing a narrative to create controversy and that is exactly what the American people are tired of.

The reader can judge the intent of Senator Perdue’s remarks. I will simply point out that a tweet from a contributor to a liberal-leaning website might might not tell the whole story.

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Will Durant
Will Durant

To every thing
Spin spin spin
There is a season
Spin spin spin

“May his days be few” in reference to a sitting President is not funny. Even to the fun loving party animals in the Faith & Freedom crowd. How many Secret Service breaches have we had with this President? The “joke” was in poor taste. Intent is irrelevant.

xdog
xdog

A jest? Yeah, that’s a real knee-slapper, Senator. I bet Ralph Reed cracked up.

The Atlantic, which is not a liberal leaning website, provides some context for the ‘Obama Prayer’. Reportedly, it has been circulating among certain right leaning groups and individuals for several years.

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

“However, we should add the media to our prayer list because they are pushing a narrative to create controversy and that is exactly what the American people are tired of.”

Look Caroline, when you are in a hole you want to get out of you should stop digging. Don’t condescend with a bad joke. Don’t tell anybody what they are tired of.

We have two of the most polarizing figures in American politics one the top of each ticket and you have the temerity to say the American people are tired of controversy?

Teri
Teri

Yeah, that second sentence should have been omitted. Save that for the Truman letter. (And I KNOW, it’s HARD, I say things in public all the time that I should save for my drawer of Truman letters – which is why I am not a Senate spokesperson.)

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Someone should get a refund from whatever university gave her a communications degree.

Davo65
Davo65

Trying to shift this to a ‘liberal leaning website’? How pathetic. Next up is playing the victim card. You just lost credibility with me, Jon.

Teri
Teri

I think Jon is referring to the Daily Beast reposter who wrote the tweet that’s highlighted in the previous post here.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

That statement… face palm.

“Oh. You’re upset about our lame attempt at humor? Well here’s another lame attempt at humor!”

You pay this woman’s salary, folks.

For the sake of Ms. Vanvick, Sen. Perdue, and the poor intern sent here to monitor online mentions:

This is how you do humor: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ziwYbVx_-qg&time_continue=79

President Obama is funny. Sen. Perdue is not President Obama. Sen. Perdue is not funny.

blakeage80
blakeage80

The indignation being shown on here is really over the top. To use HIllary’s line, “What difference does it make?”

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

He made a not so veiled threat to a sitting President. Thats why it matters. I guess everyone wants to be on the Trump train only this moron doesnt seem to do it as well…aren’t all you Perdue voters so happy with your choice. The man is just stupid

blakeage80
blakeage80

Neither his statement, the subsequent stories nor any of the comments here are to be taken seriously. Don’t be drawn into the fake hysteria, Scott.

bethebalance
bethebalance

perhaps folks here won’t take them seriously, but folks at the F&FC take religious verse to heart, and such textual references can move hearts. so, the reference could decidedly move hearts in a divisive direction, or keep them there. nothing to just let slide or whitewash. what the Senator should learn is that if you want to impress true Bible lovers everywhere, all you have to do so is say the Bible is the greatest book, without knowing a thing about it. Or that you are the greatest lover of the Bible, also without knowing a thing about it. Maybe… Read more »

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

B80, 😎

Indypendant
Indypendant

He’s an “outsider” like Trump. Any publicity is good publicity.

What an arrogant a$$wipe. He’s as much of an outsider as Ronald McDonald is at a clown convention.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

He is more of an outsider to people who poses half a brain. The debt he should be railing against is in his own IQ

billdawers
billdawers

I try to be respectful of people’s religious beliefs, whatever they may be, so I take their invocations of God and holy texts seriously. The passage from the Bible isn’t just about the expiration of an elected term:

“Let his days be few; Let another take his office. Let his children be fatherless And his wife a widow. Let his children wander about and beg; And let them seek sustenance far from their ruined homes.”

Given the nature of the organization, one would have to assume that most of the people in the room knew the gist of the verses that followed.

John Konop
John Konop

This is a typical fire up the base outrageous comment, made all the time by many. Yet somehow they are outraged by comments made by Trump. The GOP needs to decide ASAP, what is the line, or it will be an angry old white man party. Many more have to speak out, the GOP cannot be a party of hate.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

My prayer for Sen. Perdue: May his mansion be forever drafty and may his ocean views be forever marred by overcast skies. May he be consistently mistaken for the “chicken guy” on TV and may his attempts to correct people always fall on deaf ears. His wife shall no longer let him borrow her denim jacket, his designer trucker hat shall always give him hat hair. May his family always refer to him as “not as good as Sonny.” May he lose his earthly possessions investing in Donald Trump’s latest business venture, his golden years spent working in a Dollar… Read more »

raconteuse
raconteuse

Amen.

bethebalance
bethebalance

there’s a line from Fiddler on the Roof when a poor Jewish villager asks the Rabbi if there’s a prayer for the Russian czar (who was persecuting the Jews…). The Rabbi responds with something like “May God bless and keep the czar far away from us.” It seems like, that if you do truly hate Obama, such a religious statement would be more tactful and appropriate.

Loren
Loren

My first reaction to Perdue’s comment was that he made a joke and that the reaction was overblown. And while I still think that’s true, I’ve come around to thinking there’s a more important angle here than ‘Was he serious’. Because I find myself persuaded by Ezra Klein’s argument that apart from whatever Perdue’s *intentions* were, this sort of ‘joke’ is the sort of thing that gradually wears down certain norms of politeness and heightens partisanship. Or, in other words, it was years of this sort of winking and nodding that allowed for Donald Trump to find a base that… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Of all the jokes made at George W. Bush’s expense, I don’t think anyone went as far as saying “boy sure would be great if he died.”

The fact Sen. Perdue’s “joke” is deemed acceptable in modern political discourse is incredibly, incredibly disappointing.

Noway2016
Noway2016

I guess the movie Death of a President where they killed off W doesn’t count, huh?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Was Death of a President made by a sitting United States Senator?

Also, I don’t think the film portrayed the fictional/hypothetical death of President Bush as a good thing and I don’t think it advocated for the death of the President.

Maybe you should re-watch it, because (no surprise) the point of the film went waaaay over your head.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The context of Psalm 109.8 is Psalm 109 (King James translation below). Apart from a few verses concerning its narrator, it’s a full-throated curse of an evil liar. “The reader can judge the intent of Senator’s Perdue’s remarks” in context for themselves. 1 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise; 2 For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. 3 They compassed me about also with words of hatred; and fought against me… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Two threads, 50 plus comments by the bedwetters gasping indignation at comments made in jest! Lolol! Where us all of this faux indignation and examination of Hilly’s outright lies about her email scandal? Never sent classified! Lie! Not criminal! Total lie!!! Love the hypocrisy!! Shine a little light on the words of your presumed standard bearer!! Ain’t never gonna happen!

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

Why are you such a jackass?

I don’t think you have any idea what hypocrisy even means.

Davo65
Davo65

Jackass is a generous description. But I’ll answer your question; he can get away with his insulting, trollish behavior because the ‘moderators’ let him. And while some here will say that this is just what the practice of allowing free speech looks like, take a gander at the first post of this site https://www.georgiapol.com/2016/01/11/welcome-home/ “Unlike other blogs that are either banning comments or allowing free-range unmonitored comment sections that allow ideas to be strangled by the weeds of vitriol and randomness, our comments section will be heavily moderated.” The fact is that Charlie and Co. don’t care about the constant… Read more »