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Obama to Meet with Mormon President

By Jacqueline L. Salmon
When President Obama meets with Mormon president Thomas S. Monson this afternoon, it's safe to say that Obama will not exactly be speaking to his base.

Less than half of Mormons (45 percent) approve of his job performance, according to a recent poll by Gallup. That's a sharply lower total than among Catholics (67 percent) and Protestants (58 percent). Forty percent of Mormons disapprove of his job performance.

Monson, who has headed the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since last year, will be joined by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who is also a Mormon. Kim Farah, spokesperson for the church described the private meeting as a "brief courtesy visit."

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Posted at 11:12 AM ET on Jul 20, 2009  | Category:  Religion
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Nice try Obasama;

But Hairy Reid is Sooooooooo Toast!

Nevada is coming to save us! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | July 20, 2009 9:37 PM

I certainly give President Obama much credit...meeting even with those who despise him. He said he would be president even for those who did not vote for him.

And he's living up to his word. So when will he walk on water?

Posted by: Victoria5 | July 20, 2009 7:12 PM

gshenaut: I totally agree. That was very well put! Mormon leaders and leaders from other faiths request the meeting, not the other way around.

Posted by: pmacdee | July 20, 2009 5:38 PM

Obama isn't trying to get Mormons to vote for him, he won handily without them. He wants to include them in the process. If you hadn't noticed, Phase I of "Plan Obama" has involved a great deal of sticking his head through doorways that have been closed for some time, just to see if anyone in there wants to reopen a dialog, potentially to the benefit of both sides.

Posted by: gshenaut | July 20, 2009 3:54 PM

Hahahaha. Sorry, Obama, if you think you're ever going to get Mormons to vote for you you're way off. Mormons are great people (my extended family is Mormon) but politically they are Republican sheep...

Posted by: theclairvoyant | July 20, 2009 2:05 PM

Human Simpleton : How can Obama be a religious bigot when he is obviously, through your description, positively interacting with many faiths? I thought it was very positive that his Attorney General made a very low key visit with the Muslim community in Los Angeles to listen to their concerns. I like Wikipedia's definition of bigot, look it up. It kind make you look like a boigot when you say : "There is NO reason to give any religious leader any credence ..."

Posted by: pmacdee | July 20, 2009 12:29 PM

Another political expediency stunt by the social conservative Obama!

There is NO reason to give any religious leader any credence, unless they have accomplished something outside of their religious activities.

Yet, Obama continues this pattern of mollycoddling. First Jeremiah Wright, his gospel tour during the primaries, then Rick Warren, then appointing a Faith Based Council, then meeting the Pope, then appointing a creationist at the head of the NIH, and now this.

Not to mention his stance on gay marriage being no different than that of Carrie Prejean. Or that after glibly promising to end the DADT policy in the military, he has not even implemented a "stop-loss" policy.

Tell me how Obama is not more of a religious bigot than Bush was.

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | July 20, 2009 11:58 AM

Why give this cult the time of day? Sheesh. Obama's run to the right continues. Let's just call him Bush III.

Posted by: slipkid | July 20, 2009 11:53 AM

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