Comparing Christmas Speeches: Queen Elizabeth, President Obama, and Ronald Reagan

Sometimes I wish we belonged to the British Commonwealth.  Watching this video was one of those times:

From there, on The Royal Channel on Facebook (how fantastic is that?), one can see Queen Elizabeth’s first Christmas broadcast, from 1957.  It’s fascinating, and worth your time.

All of this led me to want to compare President Obama.  Putting all potential cynical comments aside, I have to applaud him for a nice speech at the Christmas tree-lighting ceremony.  Here’s the relevant portion:

It is, to be sure, a watered-down version of the meaning of Christmas.  Christ is a “manifestation of God’s love” who “taught us to love God and others like ourselves.”  This is true enough, of course, as far as it goes.  It says nothing about trusting in Christ for our salvation, or about the divinity of Christ, but that’s understandable given the circumstances.  Still, it makes me miss the Ronald, who affirmed the uniqueness and divinity of Christ in his 1981 address:

Oh, Ronaldus Magnus.  How we miss thee.

About Timothy Dalrymple

Timothy Dalrymple was raised in non-denominational evangelical congregations in California. The son and grandson of ministers, as a young boy he spent far too many hours each night staring at the ceiling and pondering the afterlife.
In all his work he seeks a better understanding of why people do, and do not, come to faith, and researches and teaches in religion and science, faith and reason, theology and philosophy, the origins of atheism, Christology, and the religious transformations of suffering

  • James Williams

    Can’t see the first clip. I agree with your assessment of the other two.

  • Alex Humphrey

    Here’s another version of the link:

  • Richard

    I would’ve rather Reagan and the rest affirmed the unique Lordship of Jesus in his governing practices and policies more than his speeches. Are you aware how into astrology Ronald and Nancy were?,9171,967410,00.html (pay article to access but summary is in the opener)