I just received an email from an angry reader/listener condemning all of the Jewish People, 'your nation' he wrote, because someone took out the note that Obama apparently wrote and stuck in the crevices at the Kotel (Western Wall). I don't think that anyone would really argue that it was an ethical thing to do. But in politics, and running for the most powerful office in the world, nothing really is private when you make yourself public. His trek to the Kotel was out in public and cameras accompanied him. Whoever took the note that was left there and gave it to the papers was not right, but it was expected.
Here is a photocopy of the note from the New York Times, which while the media condemns the Maariv news paper for publishing it, and the breech of privacy, doesn't see a problem in re-publishing it in their own papers for millions of more people to read.
"Lord—Protect my family and me. Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will,"
Seems to me, that Obama probably knew his note would be read. If John McCain, Britney Spears or Michael Jackson left a note, that note too would probably be pulled out for the media/paparazzi. Again, it doesn't make it right, it's just the reality. And Obama and his advisers probably knew that.
If Obama really was writing a PRIVATE letter to G-d, he might have written something like this...(all in jest)
"Praise allah, Please protect my family and me from all the American and Israeli infidels. Forgive me my sins (of playing down my Islamic roots, -darn that middle name of mine), and help me guard against pride and despair (which will make me look too frightening to the West). Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will, praise allah! allahu akbar! p.s. Please let me beat McCain"
or, his Western side might have written a note like this if he thought it would remain private.
"Dear jesus, Please protect my family and me from all these non-believers. Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will, praise the father, son and holy ghost. p.s. Please let me beat McCain"
Ok, I wrote this all in jest, but puleeze,,, does anyone really believe he wrote such a politically correct generic prayer (not mentioning his god's name) thinking it would remain unread by all the curious people and media?
There's an old saying, "Don't be right, be smart." I think this is something Obama and his advisers expected would happen, and he went for the smart thing. Smart guy.