Archive for Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Statehouse Live: Speaker O’Neal forwards anti-Obama email

January 3, 2012, 12:43 p.m. Updated January 3, 2012, 2:47 p.m.


— House Speaker Mike O’Neal, R-Hutchinson, forwarded to fellow Republicans an email that refers to President Barack Obama and a Bible verse that says “Let his days be few and brief.”

But the speaker’s office said Tuesday that the email was referring to the president’s days in office.

The email, which has been posted in various places on the Internet, refers to a bumper sticker that reads “Pray for Obama. Psalm 109:8.”

Psalm 109:8 says, “Let his days be few and brief; and let others step forward to replace him.”

The email states: “At last — I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president! 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!!!!!!”

Asked about the email by the Lawrence Journal-World, Alyson Rodee, communications director for the speaker’s office, said, “The email is a forward expressing the desire for the President’s days in office to be short so he is replaced by someone which the Speaker agrees with on the issues — in America we have the opportunity for a peaceful transfer of power every four years. This email is about prayer expressing what Republicans around the country are working toward — voting into office a like-minded president in 2012.”

House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, had a bit of advice for O’Neal. “Beware of what you forward on email and how it can be interpreted,” he said.


autie 6 years, 1 month ago

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Phoenixman 6 years, 1 month ago

Not at all. Makes the speaker look like a Kansan. An overwhelming majority of Kansans are looking forward to replacing the potentate in chief with a person of character. I see nothing racist, nothing violent, merely an expression of the speakers right to free speech. Good job O'neal!

mom_of_three 6 years, 1 month ago

"with a person of character?" You mean, someone who thinks abortion should be outlawed (removing women's right to choose) and gays not be in the military or be married to the one they love? That kind of character? no thanks.

Kyle Neuer 6 years, 1 month ago

I'm kinda curious about that "person of character" crack myself. Elaborate, please.

voevoda 6 years, 1 month ago

God answers all prayers, but sometimes the answer is "no."

Jim Williamson 6 years, 1 month ago

This is a non-story. That said, Mike O'Neal is an angry troll looking for a bridge.

beatrice 6 years, 1 month ago

Kansas House Speaker O'Neal sent an email. I am sure if Obama heard about it, his response would be, "Who?"

Seems a bit inappropriate to be trying to mix religion and politics in this manner. "Brothers and Sisters, can I get an amen?" comes across like he is mocking evangelicals. Forget apologizing to Obama. O'Neal should apologize to the truly religious.

not_that_crazy 6 years, 1 month ago

And his first wife....I believe he divorced her to marry his secretary.

beatrice 6 years, 1 month ago

Speaking of religion, didn't at least four Republican candidates for president claim to have been told by God to run for office? Cain, Bachmann, Perry and Santorum. If neither of them win (and I am pretty sure Cain won't), is this because God has a sense of humor?

Beware the politician who invokes the name of God and claims that God is on his side alone.

somedude20 6 years, 1 month ago

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deec 6 years, 1 month ago

Progress and socialism, which are not synonyms, are not religions,

Sunny Parker 6 years, 1 month ago

Hillarious! Go O'Neil and Go Brownback!

situveux1 6 years, 1 month ago

I've gotten that email. It was a good one. But it wasn't news.

Fossick 6 years, 1 month ago

Slow news day, I guess. Next up: Derek Schmidt tells a blonde joke.

blindrabbit 6 years, 1 month ago

The Christian Reich has a new spokesman for the tribe of Herr's Brownback, Kobach and Klein! Another reason to be be proud of being a Kansan. "God bless all, each and every one" according to Charles Dickens.

matthew2600 6 years, 1 month ago

You're quoting cbs news? After that gotcha question they gave Palin? Obama is getting re-elected because none of the gop candidates are any good, get over it.

kansanjayhawk 6 years, 1 month ago

if you are worried about this hold on to your hat because 2012 is going to be a rough ride...

JayhawkFan1985 6 years, 1 month ago

I am ok with oneil not liking Obama. I don't like oneil. I'm not ok with him using the state email system to forward political crap. When he is using state resources, he should refrain from political crap. Of course political emails about state issues would not fall into the crap category even if the right wing stance on the issues should beset back to 1812 and not remain in 2012.

WilburNether 6 years, 1 month ago

Only the incompetent fools at the LJW would attempt to make this a "news story."

They should wear clown suits to work.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 1 month ago

"I've been reading comments here for years and thoroughly enjoy them."

I assume you're referring ti your own posts.

classclown 6 years, 1 month ago

Much ado about nothing. Looks like someone let Rothschild out of the penalty box and he's quickly back to his old tricks of making mountains out of nothing.

WilburNether 6 years, 1 month ago

Rothschild is one of the most grossly incompetent "reporters" in the business. He's too incompetent to come up with real, accurate stories, so he tries to gin up "controversy" with nonsense like this.

But where is the adult supervision (aka "editors") at the LJW?

Oh, wait, I forgot. The LJW is one of the most grossly incompetent "newspapers" in the business.

Frank Smith 6 years, 1 month ago

I'm very familiar with the work of dozens of reporters from around the state.

I've long held the opinion that Rothschild is the best in Kansas.

My opinion of your opinion is not quite so high.

Katara 6 years, 1 month ago

I'm sure House Speaker O'Neal isn't worried what others think about his forwarded emails. He's going to be very wealthy soon according to a very well-to-do widow in Nigeria that he is thoughtfully assisting.

Sunny Parker 6 years, 1 month ago

I commend him for forwarding an Anti-Obomba email! Too bad it couldn't have reached more!

$130 billion in auto bailout, $787 billion in mis-spent Stimulus, $150 billion for Freddie & Fannie, $4 billion Cash for Klunkers, $5 Trillion in new debt since Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker, $3 Trillion in new debt since Obama became... President. Un and under-employment record high 18.9%, 1.5 million people declared bankruptcy in 2010, 49 million on Food Stamps, 7 million homes lost to Foreclosure, and a Health Care Bill no one read. Sixty-six percent of America disagrees with his policies!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 1 month ago

His fixes for the ills that plague us are indeed inadequate and misdirected.

But the fact remains that the ills the plague us were created by the "heroes" you'd have us put back in power.

Mike Ford 6 years, 1 month ago

sunny has made many smart (ha ha ha) comments on here for some time. nothing like showing your smarts in public right????

William Weissbeck 6 years, 1 month ago

I grew up during the Nixon era. Even his friends despised him, but they kept their thoughts to themselves. The GOP makes it sound like everyone knew at the time that Carter was a feckless leader and that Reagan was inevitable. While Dems knew in their hearts that they would never ask Bush to sit in for their kids' SAT exams and that his policies were driving us over a cliff, there was never the level of animosity and lack of respect that is expressed toward Pres. Obama. Having been born and raised in Kansas and going back to the Bob Docking era, a time when Oral Roberts was on the TV and bingo was outlawed, I don't blame religion. Kansans have always had a strong sobering dose of religion. But what too many Kansans suffer from now is self righteousness. And for this I fear it is the devil that is loose in Kansas, not God.

teacherluvstudent 6 years ago

The actual quote has thing about wishing his wife to be a widow, etc. Not sure how this quote is just about his days in office. Wishes ill will on his children too in this passage. I don't understand how he is disavowing the other parts of the passage ...

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