David Brooks on Obama Prayer Speech: "I'm Totally Pro-Obama" For Calling Out Our "Self-Righteousness"

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On Meet the Press today New York Times opinion columnist David Brooks once again praised President Obama for his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast this week.

On Friday's edition of PBS NewsHour Brooks called what the president said "admirable" and "a recognition of historical fact."

Today, Brooks went all in and said he is "totally pro-Obama" for expressing his "gospel of humility" and calling out "our own self-righteousness." Brooks called it a "beautiful speech" and said it was part of "a whose series of great speeches" he has given, such as the Trayvon Martin speech.

"I'm totally pro-Obama on this," Brooks said to Meet the Press host Chuck Todd. "I think he said the right thing. Listen, It was a gospel of humility."

"I think he was right," Brooks said on the panel portion of MTP. "He gave the race speech. It was a beautiful speech. He's given a whole series of great speeches, Trayvon Martin. This was really fine. This is exactly the moment you want to say this. We're at most the moral danger to ourselves when we're caught up in a righteous fervor against an evil foe which is what we have. And while we exercise hard power we have to take morally hazardous action or we're going to be prone to get caught up in our own self-righteousness. This is exactly the moment we needed this."

DAVID BROOKS, NEW YORK TIMES: Well, I'm pro-Obama. I'm totally pro-Obama on this. I think he said the right thing. Listen, it was a gospel of humility. What sorts of people need a little gospel of humility, people in Washington, pundits, religious believers, I happen to be all three of those things. And so we're told to we're told to walk humbly in the path of the Lord, the Lord's ways are mysterious and so you're saying we're prone to zealotry as John said we're fallen. And that's useful in Washington today, that's useful always...

CHUCK TODD, MEET THE PRESS: You do sit here and you say, the president himself, David, and you've spent a lot of time with him off the record, he wants to have more conversations like this. But, perhaps presidents can't? You can't do it until after you leave office? Imean is that, is that where we're at?

BROOKS: No, I think he was right. He gave the race speech. It was a beautiful speech. He's given a whole series of great speeches, Trayvon Martin. This was really fine. This is exactly the moment you want to say this. We're at most the moral danger to ourselves when we're caught up in a righteous fervor against an evil foe which is what we have. And while we exercise hard power we have to take morally hazardous action or we're going to be prone to get caught up in our own self-righteousness. This is exactly the moment we needed this.

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