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Both statements are rich with religious imagery and rhetoric

Both statements are rich with religious imagery and rhetoric (in particular the idea of being tested, as well as being called to a higher purpose Ephesians 4,1; 2 Thessalonians 1,11.
Yet it is perhaps in the concluding remarks of the State of the Union addresses that the likeness of the US president to a priest becomes clearest,
“Today we still welcome those winds of change – and we have every reason to believe that our tide is running strong. With thanks to Almighty God for seeing us through a perilous passage, we ask His help anew in guiding the “Good Ship Union.” /John F. Kennedy, 1963 State of the Union.

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