Tad hypocritical. Why not claim the same for GW? That he was smart enough to pretend to believe. As to the veracity of anyone's words, we only have their actions to judge them by.
Seeing as how Obama has voluntarily attended church before any claims to running for President, I'd have to say that he is not pretending to believe, but actually does. Which makes his statement just as eerie as GW's.
And that's my biggest problem with politics today. Fuck all the problems of our nation and bankrupting our future to reward idiots for making tons of bad loans, as long as our guy is on top. When the first $700bn stimulus package was being dropped (with no oversight or repercussions for Paulson regardless what he did with it), everyone claimed it was a necessary pill we had to swallow. That it would jump start the plunging economy. Blah blah blah. When Obama took office and dropped another $780bn package, all of a sudden the Republicans start having issues with printing money willy-nilly and rewarding bad behavior.
Everything is ok as long as our guy does it. If your guy does the same thing, it is wrong, immoral, and UnAmerican.
Which is also a funny word, because according to the GOP, they are the only true Americans. When GW was president, criticizing the actions of the president (especially during a crisis) was UnAmerican. Now, criticizing the actions of the president is a wholly American institution and necessary to point out just how UnAmerican the president is acting.
Of course, the Obama brigade is no better. Apparently, this guy can do no wrong. Forcing us to pay another $780bn to retards is change? The even worse proposal for some sort of required civil service for high school students (sketchy on details, it's been a while since I looked it through). Even the things that he does that are blatantly wrong for us, the brigade accepts as if they thought it was right all along.
It's why I voted Nader, because we need at least a second political party in the U.S. again. I'm not sure if Nader will be capable of running in 2012 as he will be 78/79, but I hope that there will be someone who can provide the same sort of discourse as Nader has.