I know that reporters and pundits alike are looking for things to write about now that the election is over. Sure, we’ve got some time to speculate about who Barack Obama will choose for his cabinet. And there’s no shortage of real news, like the economy, unemployment and how we’re going to keep world finances from imploding between now and January 20.
So, I guess that’s why Sally Quinn and the Washington Post decided to run an op-ed that allowed Quinn, who writes at the Post’s On Faith blog, to ramble on about where the Obama family should go to church.
Really? That’s all they’ve got to fill the opinion page? I know it’s the Saturday before Thanksgiving, but I could give them 800 words on a whole lot of topics that have a bit more relevance to our lives than what church Sally Quinn deems high profile enough for the First Family-elect. I know she’s got an “in” at the newspaper, and all, but really –
The word presumptuous doesn’t even begin to cover the idea that Quinn, with the blessing of the Washington Post, would imply through that column that the Obamas ought to attend church and choose one for them. Haven’t we all really had enough of Barack Obama’s religion and church going history? It’s just outrageous to me that the Post would print an essay suggesting that the Obamas should declare their intention to partake in Sunday services.
I expect more of the Washington Post. I hope this is just a little slip up on a slow weekend. But if there’s a shortage, I’ve got some op-eds, and I know other writers who probably do, too, that I can give you on some topics that voters who are struggling to figure out how to put Thanksgiving on the table and how to tighten their holiday budgets might actually want to read.
Whether and where the Obamas will go to church? I know they’re going to have to make a few Sunday worship appearances once he’s sworn in, but I’d really like him to be thinking about other, more important things like, say, keeping our finances together with something more than spit and duct tape.