Dorothy said about Kansas that “There’s no place like home,” but President Barack Obama must be feeling a bit weird about what folks there are saying about him and his family.
Obama, whose mother’s family traces back to Kansas, returned there last month to give a speech about the economy and working together, etc. He made note of his “deep roots” there and his friendship with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the former governor.
And then all heck broke loose.
In short order, Kansas Speaker Mike O’Neal (R) fired off emails to friends and colleagues in which he referred to first lady Michelle Obama as “Mrs. YoMama,” then another one in which he said he would pray for the president in the spirit of a Psalm 109:8, which states, “Let his days be few; and let another take his office.”
The Lawrence Journal-World got a hold of O’Neal’s email and published it.
“At last — I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president!” the paper quotes O’Neal’s email. “Look it up — it is word for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an AMEN? AMEN!!!!!!”
That’s sort of enthusiastic. The psalm goes on, although not all of it quoted in O’Neal’s email, into pretty harsh territory.
“Let his children be fatherless; and his wife a widow.”
Ouch. The Secret Service might be interested in that part.
“Let his children be continually vagabonds,” the passage continues. “And beg; let them seek their bread also out of desolate places.”
Not Malia and Sasha!
The psalm goes on to hope that the fatherless children (i.e., Malia and Sasha) never have children of their own and that in the “generation following their name be blotted out.”
Some folks — more than 30,000 of them — were offended by O’Neal’s prayer. These self-proclaimed “faithful” citizens, in fact, signed a petition asking O’Neal to step down, which was delivered to the Kansas statehouse in Topeka on Thursday by two ministers, according to the Kansas City Star.
O’Neal apologized for the email, as he did earlier this month for the “YoMama” email, but it hasn’t mollified critics.