Joke: Praying for the Country

U.S. Capitol Building

A couple was touring the Capitol in Washington and the guide pointed to a tall, benevolent gentleman as the congressional chaplain.

The lady asked, “What does the chaplain do? Does he pray for the Senate or House?”

The guide answered, “No, he gets up, looks at the Congress, then prays for the country!”

(Source: Bob Phillips.  The World's All-Time Best Collection of Good Clean Jokes.  New York: Galahad Books, 1996.  Page 49.)

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Barack Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize . . .

Presidential Seal 2010 March 11:

. . . and Progressives are wondering what he did to deserve it. Take a look at the Saturday Night Live video.

Barack's campaign was a long haul and a tremendous accomplishment, and a black man as President is an affirmation of decades of civil rights struggles, but the election of Barack only made change possible—it wasn't guaranteed. I put a fair amount of work into his campaign, and I'm beginning to wonder if somehow I entered the Twilight Zone and was really working for John McCain.

In his campaign, Barack correctly perceived the mood of many of us that the country is off the rails, and he channeled our rather desperate hope that, if we elected someone who looked significantly different than the other candidates, that person would then proceed to behave significantly different inside the Beltway. We wanted a tough, creative problem-solver. What we got, despite all the campaign rhetoric about “Hope” and “Change,” was a very status quo, “business-as-usual” kind of guy—qualities that, in his predecessors, got us into this mess in the first place.

Also see the story, "Late-Night Comedians Turning on Obama."