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article imageBarack Obama praises George W. Bush as a man of faith

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By Melissa Horrocks     Aug 22, 2012 in Politics
Barack Obama heralded George W. Bush over his faith in God. While the President did not agree with his predecessor on a lot of things, he respected him as a good man.
Obama has praised former President George W. Bush's faith during an interview for Cathedral Age, reports Global Christian Post. Obama said that he was a respectable husband, a caring father and a man of faith.
Obama feels that Bush's faith helped his policies on immigration and AIDS. Furthermore, Obama does not think that Bush would have approached the issue of immigration reform or AIDS in Africa if he were not a man of faith.
Cathedral Age interviewed both Obama and Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney about religion and politics. Whilst Romney's answers were short, Obama gave lengthy, in-depth answers.
Obama and Romney have faced a lot of controversy about their faith. Some say that Obama is secretly Muslim. Other people have criticized, Romney's Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a cult. Obama agreed that there is not much he can do about the way people view him. He believes that all he can do is live out of his faith, be true to the word and make his life look more like His.
Romney said that each religion has its own beliefs and history and these should not be criticized, but tested to check for tolerance. Romney believes that religious tolerance would be shallow if it was only reserved for people who agreed. Romney cited a favourite passage of Scripture, Matthew 25:35-36: "For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me."
In light of the Mitt Romney campaign, predictable statements of top Republicans praising the choice of Rep. Paul Ryan for vice president, but one name was clearly more favoured - the former President George W.Bush. Yet, even though his name clearly stood out, many people still blame him for the recession according to a June Gallup poll. Bush said that, "whilst he crawled out of a swamp, he is not crawling back in", according to Huffington Post.
It is not the first time that Obama has praised someone for their religious beliefs. Early this month, Barack Obama celebrated religious diversity at his fourth yearly Ramadan Iftar dinner on Friday evening. This was to mourn the victims of the recent Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin. Obama highlighted several Muslim American women, who he said enrich America according to Huffington Post.
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