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President Barack Obama makes a statement to reporters about the suspicious packages found on U.S. bound planes, Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It was a blunder of biblical proportions.White House spokesman Jay Carney invoked scripture yesterday to back up President Barack Obama's suggestion that God wants policymakers to get busy and create more jobs.
Carney said Obama was trying to make the point that "we have it within our capacity to do the things to help the American people."
Carney said there was a Bible phrase stating "The Lord helps those
who help themselves."
Someone caught the goof. A White House transcript of Carney's
briefing issued later in the day included the disclaimer: "This common phrase does not appear in the Bible."
Obama referenced faith earlier in the day when he took note of House action reaffirming "In God We Trust" as the country's motto. He said he trusts in God, but God wants to see Washington helping put people back to work.
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