Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mormon leaders meet with President Obama

Yesterday President Barack Obama had a meeting with President Thomas S. Monson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Two well-known Mormon lawyers also attended the meeting -- Elder Dallin H. Oaks and Senator Harry Reid of Nevada. Along with President Obama, the majority of the attendees of the meeting were J.D.'s, although all three men are better known for their roles outside the traditional legal profession. With so many lawyers in the room, perhaps it was inevitable that legal issues came up in conversation. Senator Reid later indicated that he was "glad that President Obama and Elder Oaks had an opportunity to discuss their shared passion of the law." I admit I would have liked to have listened in on the conversation between the state-supreme-court-justice-turned-Mormon-apostle and the law-professor-turned-leader-of-the-free-world.

As they have done with the past two American presidents, the Mormon Church leaders presented President Obama with his family history, including a large-scale family tree (pictured above).

6 comments:

  1. I would have loved to have been at that meeting as well. I didn't know that Church leaders presented Presidents with their family history. That is a brilliant gift.

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  2. FYI, Elder Oaks was a great lawyer, a SCOTUS clerk, and a Utah Supreme Court Justice, but he was not a federal judge.

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  3. I think the Mormon Bastards were there mending fences for Prop # 8 in California and what Mormon Attorneys did in the Bush Justice Dept

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  4. Per anonymous comment #2, I fixed the federal/state error.

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  5. Per anonymous comment #3, pejoratives neither reinforce your assertion nor reflect well on you as the writer.

    As to your specific accusation, I find it very unlikely. President Obama doesn't appear to support gay marriage either, and the Obama administration has continued to use Mormon attorneys for important work, like W. Scott Simpson's recent DOMA memo.

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