A Texas Preacher Goes to Washington

May 29, 2009

Jim Ost and MonumentsWe walked down the surprisingly narrow hallway, the deep carpet cushioning our steps, as our secret service agent friend led us toward an open door.  “No way.  That can’t be what I think it is…can it?”  Yes, it was.

Who would have ever imagined that a South Texas preacher who grew up in the tiny town of Alamo, Texas, and his bride from Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, would be inside the West Wing of the White House, looking through the door of the Oval Office of the President of the United States?  What a country! Read the rest of this entry »


Dear Mr. President; I’m Disappointed…

May 7, 2009

obama_prayingI watched the news, today, and noticed that you decided not to have a public time of prayer at the White House during today’s National Day of Prayer.

I’m disappointed, Mr. President, and, frankly, a little surprised.

I was there last February in Brownsville, Texas, where you told a group of clergy how much Jesus Christ and prayer means to you. Read the rest of this entry »

Thank You, President Bush

January 20, 2009

Laura and George W BushDear President Bush,

I know you are all packed up and are ready to spend one last night in the White House before returning to Texas. It has been fashionable, of late, to attack and demean you, and diminish some of the great things you did over the last eight years. For my part, I am deeply grateful to God for your service as our President during these difficult years. Read the rest of this entry »

Barack Obama – My President

November 6, 2008
Barack and Jim

On January 3, after Senator Obama’s unlikely win over Hillary Clinton in the Iowa primary, I watched, with the rest of the country, as he spoke to his Iowan supporters.  What I heard was a soaring speech, that appealed to all of us as Americans to come together and be one people again.  His speech was so moving, that it literally brought tears to my eyes.  “You came together as Democrats, Republicans and independents to stand up and say that we are one nation, we are one people and our time for change has come.” Read the rest of this entry »

Is Hillary Your Sister?

March 6, 2008

hillary praysNew York Times reporter Michael Luo interviewed Hillary last July about her faith in Christ.  It was extremely interesting and revealing in many ways.

The Brody File  discovered the audio of the interview online, so I promptly downloaded the mp3 and  listened to Hillary explain her faith while I drove around town today.  Hearing Hillary discuss her faith in Jesus was really different. Read the rest of this entry »

Obama and Me – The Handshake

March 3, 2008

handshakeAfter handing my video camera to Trevor, I stepped toward Senator Obama, reached out my hand, and said, “Thanks for coming to South Texas; keep thinking about us.”  As he shook my hand, he responded, “It’s my pleasure; keep up the good work.” 

Only time will tell the significance of that historic handshake, and it was caught on video. Read the rest of this entry »

Obama and Me

February 25, 2008

Jim Barack

It was a long walk in the humidity, a long line to get through security, and a long wait in the hot sun, but finally, at long last, Senator Barack Obama, the man everybody has been talking about, emerged from a nearby building, jogged up on the grandstand, and I was 50 feet away.

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