Pray for the president? Yes thou shalt.
October 14th, 2011
11:26 AM ET
11 years ago

Pray for the president? Yes thou shalt.

(CNN) - Republican presidential contender Rick Perry recently urged social conservatives to pray for President Barack Obama.

"As I campaign for president, I not only ask you for your vote and your support, I ask for your prayers. I ask you to pray for our country. I ask you to pray for our president to give him wisdom, to open his eyes," the Texas Governor told an audience in Florida last month.

Doing just that is the stated mission of the Presidential Prayer Team.


Filed under: 2012 • Belief Blog • President Obama • Rick Perry
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Ed DFWTX

    Dr God, Please protect us from false profits like Rick Perry and the gang of GOP/Extreme Social Conservative Right Wingers. . Help them see there are Americans different from them who happen to be Democrats, Liberals, Socialists, Feminist, African American, Hispanic, Gays, Lesbians, to name a few – all made by you and deserving of the same rights as them! Help them stop using wedge and class warfare issues like blaming the poor for everthing that divide this country. Amen

    October 14, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Perry needs to pray for brains.

    October 14, 2011 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. james Miller

    Everyone out there is praying for our President---- we want JOBS !!!!!!! Perry is NOT the President and the jobs he created in Texas are largely minimum wage or below jobs without benefits. The devil is truly in the details on Texas jobs.

    October 14, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. diridi

    As of last resort, these Idiots bring RELIGION. Nasty Animals of GOP. This idiot never comes even close.....o.k, I bet it is going to be Mitt Romney v/s Obama. Obama wins....Obama2012. GOP care for Rich, Corporate thugs, Oil Looters. Vote dem. tell three the same and tell them to tell three...God bless....

    October 14, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    from the article:
    As for President Obama, Bolthouse says that it has taken effort to convince some PPT members that it is proper to pray for the current president, given their opposition to his policies, some of which he says are “in conflict with biblical principles.”
    Wouldn't not caring for the sick, the elderly, and the needy be "in conflict with biblical principles?"

    October 14, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. westward

    Southern translation: 'Bless your little heart'.

    (It's a 'christian' slam)

    October 14, 2011 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  7. Lisa P

    'Cause that worked so well for those fires in Texas...

    I guess this means that Rick Perry has given up any hope that he will be President - he's resorted to his usual ineffective measures.

    October 14, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. jk from MN

    To Open his eyes to the way the GOP see things? I pray everyday that the Republican Party will come to their senses and put country and main street Americans and business first instead of the agenda of the wealthy lobbyists like the Koch Brothers or Wall Street! Wingnut!!!!

    October 14, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  9. Sorensen

    Like Letterman said: He looks like a 3rd rate canadian actor playing the american president in a 3rd rate canadian
    movie. Pretty close!

    October 14, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. B

    Oh Please...... Perry is a fraud and most people understand that.

    October 14, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. gg

    pray for the greedy they will need your prays more, when there greed will be worthless paper

    October 14, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. Al-NY,NY

    Rick...why don't you pray that your big-mouthed wife (who blames Obama for your son's unemployment) keeps her trap shut 'cause it ain't helping you. You are sinking fast and nothing can save you.

    October 14, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. We ALL Know, Mami

    ..."What has been Christianity’s fruits? More or less, in all places, pride and indolence in the clergy; ignorance and
    servility in the laity; in both, superstition, bigotry, and persecution."
    – James Madison

    Lurn sumptin, Cowby Governor Good Hair! ...and what DID they tell you about the hair?! [Que te dijieron del peolo?!]

    October 14, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. Tired of the nonsense

    All the prayers in the world didn't save this country from the Bush regime. We prayed hard to get Bush out of office, that the American people would grow brains and NOT vote for him, that the voter fraud and illegalities that Florida committed wouldn't happen again.

    Luckily, we have a very smart president who has his eyes wide open. He's doing the best he can for this country and its people despite the destructiveness of the GOP and their power-hungry hordes who only want to destroy this country.

    October 14, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. WiredweirdinSF

    So many people have lost their jobs due to the incompetence of Obozo, the only people that are doing well are the corrupt unions, he caters to them, after all they stole the electino for him.

    October 14, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Elizabeth PHM

    I agree with you " Tired of the nonsence".

    October 14, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |