Scarborough Shreds Obama’s ‘Jesus Routine,’ Calls His Supporters Suckers

• August 31, 2016 8:28 am


MSNBC host Joe Scarborough couldn't resist Wednesday needling the infamous clip of then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008 saying that his presidency could be the moment the earth began to heal, mercilessly mocking the future president's "Jesus routine."

For an unclear reason, Morning Joe led off a segment by showing Obama's address after clinching the Democratic nomination on June 3, 2008.

Obama said that "generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care to the sick and good jobs for the jobless. This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal."

Scarborough raised his hand like a fundamentalist preacher, to the chagrin of liberals Mika Brzezinski and Donny Deutsch.

"Oh yes, praise Obama. All praise the mighty Obama," he said.

He compared it to an Old Testament prophet's vision for the future, speaking in an exaggerated voice and mimicking Obama's rhetoric.

"You believed that. Everybody believed that," Scarborough said. "That was insane."

Brzezinski said it was better than GOP nominee Donald Trump, contrasting it with his boorish pitch to minorities when he said, "what the hell do you have to lose."

"You've got one guy … reality TV show guy, and the other guy who thinks he's Moses, that he's a Messiah," Scarborough said of Trump and Obama.

Deutsch charged that Scarborough was trying to compare "the gravitas, the intelligence" of the two.

"I'm not suggesting that at all," Scarborough said, going into an imitation of Trump's promises about his southern border wall. "He has every bit as much of a chance of doing that as Barack Obama's Jesus routine there, where he's going to be Moses and generations were going to look back at the election of Barack Obama as the day the world healed."

Scarborough called Obama voters "suckers" for buying his lofty rhetoric.

Correction: This article initially stated Obama's speech was on June 4, 2008. It was on June 3.