President Obama’s re-election campaign has tapped a 23-year-old [just turned 24] executive assistant in the White House faith-based office to head up its outreach to religious communities.
Michael R. Wear, who has worked in the White House for the past three and half years, will move to Chicago to become the campaign’s Faith Vote director next week, White House officials confirmed on Monday.
“It has been an honor working with Michael Wear to create positive faith-based and nonprofit partnerships to serve people in need,” said Joshua DuBois, executive director of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Wear was DuBois’ executive assistant. (CT profiled then 26-year-old DuBois in 2009)
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Wear was an intern during Obama’s 2008 campaign, specializing in outreach to religious groups. He helped arrange candidate Obama’s appearance at a presidential forum at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church in California as well as a meeting between Obama and prominent Christian leaders in Chicago. http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctpolitics/2012/05/obama_campaign_2.html
A faith vote director? Who is running this campaign? Pardon me for laughing. I think it’s just “brilliant” to hire a 24 year old boy, an ex-Catholic, who worships at National Community Church, a non-denominational “evangelical style” church, to capture the Catholic vote and the rest of the “faith vote.”
“Michael has spent a number of years in the faith-based office so he knows the territory,” said Amy Sullivan, author of “The Party Faithful,” a book on religion and American politics. “But the Republicans would put somebody senior with years and years of experience and a big Rolodex in that position. And I guess that tells you something about how Democrats still view faith outreach and its importance.”
Maybe Amy is speaking out of school, but I hope Michael will consult with her on how to “reach out.” The democrats are so precious, aren’t they?
Although he has been at the white house since he was about 19 or younger, he will now be moving to Chicago to begin his duties to get out the faith vote.
Right into the lions den.
If he is a sincere young man and truly a man of faith, I hope he runs, not walks, out of this situation as fast as he can. It’s not worth it, Michael.
Posted: 05.19/12 A.D. @ 8:07 p.m.