- The Washington Times - Monday, August 12, 2013

A video posted to YouTube on Sunday quickly went viral, because it shows a little boy praying to, not for, the commander in chief.

Squeezing his eyes closed tight, the boy, Stephen, says, “Barack Obama, thank you for doing everything and all the kind stuff. Thank you for all the stuff that you helped us with.”

“Thank you for taking the courage and responsibility for everything you’ve done for us,” the boy continues, adding that God has given the president “a special power.”

“You are good, Barack Obama. You are great,” he concludes, throwing his arms in the arms and screaming, “Barack Obama!”

The video, titled “Prayer for President Barack Obama,” was posted by Regina Young, presumably the boy’s mother, with a description reading: “The prayer that he wanted to say for our President is priceless.”

The reaction to the boy’s prayer has been disproportionately negative.

“You should be ashamed of yourself for teaching your child that it is acceptable to pray to a man, and not God,” one commenter wrote. “Especially a man hell bent on destroying our nation. Stop breeding..immediately.”

“Disgusting. Pray for this poor child’s soul,” another said.

Another: “Thank you for a free obama phone, thank you for having millions of Americans on food stamps, thank you for an economy that is in the crapper…Should I go on? Oh yeah and thanks for me and my wife being first unemployed and now underemployed.”

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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