The Colbert Report: The Word On Handling Sassy Pastors genre: Tongue-In-Cheek & Video-Philes

Recent events have Stepen Colbert convinced that the Democrats are killing themselves...and he has a segment called "Democralypse Now" to chronicle their demise. In this segment, Colbert talks about the feud between Obama and Clinton supporters and the recent need for Senator Obama to address the inflammatory statements of his longtime pastor.

Colbert offers Barack Obama some advise on dealing with controversial pastors. He suggests that Obama should have employed the John McCain strategy (The Gospel Of John) to deal with the objectionable comments made by pastor Wright.

Colbert argues that McCain succeeded by denouncing Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson in the past and then quietly reconciled with them just prior to his run for the presidency. In other words, the Obama campaign did it backwards. Colbert believes it's far better to make denouncements early on and then gradually cozy back up to these controversial figures just before the election.

As is often the case, Colbert's logic seems absurd...but then isn't that the point he is trying to make each evening about the state of politics in the United States?

Be sure not to miss Colbert's explanation of the oft referenced two sets of footprints in the sand at 4:25 into the video clip. Let's just say that if Colbert is right, then one set of those prints might have been a little the loafers.


1 On March 20, 2008 at 12:02 PM, Ben in Oakland wrote —

What is this two sets of footprints thing?

2 On March 20, 2008 at 4:43 PM, Daniel wrote —

Hi Ben,

Footprints or Footprints in the Sand is a poem about being carried by the Lord during troubled times. There are several versions of the poem. I've included one below:

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed He was walking along the beach with the LORD. Across the sky flashed scenes from His life. For each scene He noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. One belonging to Him and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of His life flashed before Him, He looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of His life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times of His life.

This really bothered Him and He questioned the LORD about it. LORD you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.

The LORD replied, my precious, precious child, I Love you and I would never leave you! During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.

Colbert is having a little fun with the poem and inferring that the second set of prints in the sand belong to the gay guy who is chasing Jesus.

Anyway, I thought it was funny.

Take care,


3 On March 20, 2008 at 6:23 PM, Ben in Oakland wrote —

Unfortuantely, Colbert may well be right. If the dems cannot get their act together, and start standing for something, then we may well be stuck with a McCain presidency.

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