Hint of politics creeps in to rare Obama church appearance

April 24, 2011

Barack Obama is not shy about discussing his Christian faith, but the U.S. president and his family do not attend church regularly in Washington.

So a presidential visit is a rare happening among the city’s churches, and Easter is one Sunday when one regularly occurs.

This year the Obamas chose Shiloh Baptist Church — one of the oldest African-American congregations in the city, according to the White House — for their Easter service, drawing applause from members decked out in Sunday suits and fancy dresses.

The president declined the pastor’s invitation to speak, but a little bit of politics did slip in: the man who led the church in prayers, when mentioning the Obama family, said: “Lord, they’re going to need you for the next six year.”

Shouts of “Oh yeah” followed that intercession.

Obama has about 1 1/2 years left in his current White House term. He launched his re-election bid earlier this month.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Obama at a town hall meeting in Nevada)

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how about all of us – needing the Lord – throughout our entire life span – as long as he gives us life on earth -not just for 6 years or whatever. That was really foolish – every family needs the Lord – all the time.

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