On the stump Wednesday to try and sell his struggling jobs program, Obama said even God wanted to pub Americans back to work.
“That’s not putting people back to work,” Obama said after the House passed a GOP-sponsored bill reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the official U.S. motto. “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.”
When asked if Obama went too far in dragging God into the jobs debate, White House spokesman Jay Carney defended the President’s actions.
“The point the president is making is that we have it within our capacity to do the things to help the American poeple,” Carney said. “I believe the phrase from the Bible is ‘the Lord helps those who help themselves.’”
Carney, however, fell into a trap that often ensnares politicians who quote scripture.
He misquoted the Bible.
The White House later issued a statement to “clarify” that the quote by Carney was not from the bible but one that is often used in religious debate.