Before taking his official oath of office on Sunday, President Obama and his family attended a worship service at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., where pastor Ronald Braxton compared him to Moses, called the GOP "enemies" and finally led the congregation in a chant of "forward," Obama's 2012 campaign slogan, Breitbart.com reported.
According to Braxton, Obama "was just like Moses facing the Red Sea," Ben Shapiro wrote.
Braxton told those in attendance that “forward is the only option … The people couldn’t turn around. The only thing that they could do was to go forward.”
“Mr. President, stand on the rock,” Braxton declared.
"But," Shapiro added, "it wasn’t enough to compare Obama with the founder of Judaism and the prophet of the Bible. Braxton added that Obama’s opponents were like the Biblical enemies of Moses, and that Obama would have to enter the battle because 'sometimes enemies insist on doing it the hard way.'”
Braxton ended the service by leading the congregation in a chant of "forward."
"This was no religious service," Shapiro said. "It was a worship service for the man Newsweek labeled 'The Second Coming.' And if Obama thinks anything like the pastor he chose just before taking his oath of office, America is in for a long, narcissistic, imperial four years," he added.
"Memo to Darlene at AP: How did you miss reporting that part about 'enemies'? Were you too busy admiring how the church 'was draped in the reds, greens and golds found in African Kente cloth' to pay attention? And how can it be that the word 'forward' doesn't appear at all in your report?" he asked.
While the AP did not mention the chant, Daniel Halper wrote at the Weekly Standard that the slogan was mentioned in a pool report of the service.
"Pool exits church at about 10:38 as sermon ends to a call and response of 'forward.' Cannot see POTUS or First Family depart from this vantage point. Crowd was boisterous and call-and-response grew in intensity during sermon," the pool reporter added.
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