Now he really thinks he’s Reagan. The unelected president actually got through a speech without smirking or laughing today when he had to address the nation about the Space Shuttle disaster. Bush did the expected thing, reading the teleprompter well and all that. But did he then have to go into a Christian sermon?
He quoted the prophet Isaiah, who said, “Lift your eyes and look to the heavens, and then added, “The same Creator who names the stars also knows the names of the seven souls we mourn today. The crew of the shuttle Columbia did not return safely to Earth, yet we can pray that all are safely home.”
That’s from the Washington Post, that doesn’t go into the full Isiah quote (40:25 if you’re reading along):”Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Becuase of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.”
Bush emphasizes the words “power” and “strength”–he has trouble with “starry host one by one”–and then in his own words “yet we can pray that all are safely home,” he pauses long after “pray” before he continues.
Were all the astronauts Christian? Was the Israeli? Was the Indian? Is all of America?
And what does this bible quote have to do with the Space Shuttle blowing apart? At least they could have trawled the bible for a quote about grief and loss, but apparently the speechwriters, so pressed to find some way to use the tragedy to butter up to his fundamentalist followers just typed in “stars” in their Bible e*text search engine. Well done there.
Using this mourning period to again give us his born-again shuck and jive is opportunistic and crass, but not unexpected.