Last night, Obama delivered a national address on BP’s oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. “We pray for the people of the Gulf, and we pray that a hand may guide us through the storm towards a greater day,” Obama said. This morning, Fox and Friends invited former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to find fault with Obama’s prayer. The hosts asked Gingrich — whose new book warns that progressives are trying to impose a “secular socialist machine” — about some content in Obama’s speech “that you might’ve found surprising, his references to God.” Gingrich expressed skepticism about Obama’s intent. “Well, I hope he means it,” he said. Host Gretchen Carlson then went on to say that “some people are analyzing that this morning as…disingenuous from a president who does not go to Church on a regular basis”:
KILMEADE: Alright, Mr. Speaker, what do you think of that?
GINGRICH: Well, I hope he means it. […] I’m sad that it took a crisis of this scale, but I’m delighted that the president has recognized that we in fact all are subordinate to a larger God and that we need to seek guidance from that God.
CARLSON: But Mr. Speaker, did you find it at all disingenuous, because some people are analyzing that this morning as saying it was disingenuous from a president who does not go to Church on a regular basis?
GINGRICH: […] If he’s prepared to publicly recognize God, maybe we should encourage him to do it more often.