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Paging Bill Maher: Did Obama Dabble in Hare Krishna?

Posted by danishova on October 2, 2010

 

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Obama shows off Hanuman monkey god.

Bill Maher has tried to shock us, but has mostly entertained us, with news that Christine O’Donnell dabbled in Hare Krishna but gave it up because, as she quipped:

"I would have become a Hare Krishna, but I didn’t want to become a vegetarian. And that is honestly the reason why, because I’m Italian and I love meatballs."

Om, I mean, um, a quick scan of the internets reveals that Barack Obama carried a Hanuman trinket with him for “good luck” during the 2008 campaign.  The text accompanying a Time Magazine photo reveals:

Amongst the things that Barack Obama carries for good luck are a bracelet belonging to a soldier deployed in Iraq, a gamblers lucky chit, a tiny monkey god and a tiny Madonna and child.

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This was welcome news to the worldwide Hindu community, who rejoiced and sent a large monkey-god sculpture to Obama as a token of their appreciation.

"We have heard that he carries a small monkey charm in his pocket. So he is a devotee of Hanuman. That’s why we want to present him with this idol," he said.

Mr Bhama and his friends have also invited Carolyn Sauvage-Mar, chairwoman of the group, Democrats Abroad-India, to a meeting they are holding on Tuesday to pray for Mr Obama’s success.

The Delhi-based group registers voters, sponsors events and occasionally hosts Democratic Party leaders visiting India.

No word as to whether this voter registration group is affiliated with International ACORN, but I digress.

Reuters has video of this story:

http://in.reuters.com/resources_v2/flash/video_embed.swf?videoId=85310

 

And Al Gore’s Current TV was on it with the headline:

Obama turns to Hanuman (Hindu Monkey God) for blessing

Elsewhere, Gaura Vani, a Hare Krishna musician, performed in honor of Barack:

…to a jubilantly dancing crowd at the Church of the Holy City in Washington, D.C., who had gathered to celebrate President Obama’s inauguration.

Alas, rumors that Obama chanted Hare Krishna cannot be verified because the video is no longer available “due to a copyright claim from Sony ASV publishing”.  No doubt Bill Maher is sorely disappointed that he can’t get his hands on this vid ‘cause he is nothing if not fair and balanced.

And as far as we know, Obama, whose preference as husband of the Health Nut Czarina is not for meatballs but for 5 Guys Cheeseburgers, never gave up meat either.  I’m sure there’s a joke there somewhere, one so bad it could bring down the White House, which has had to deal with “the toughest times any president could face”, but has not yet endured anything as challenging as the devastating mockery of Bill Maher.

 

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