Tales from the Trail

Hint of politics creeps in to rare Obama church appearance

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.

Obamas attend first Sunday church service in Washington

OBAMA/WASHINGTON – Barack Obama attended his first Sunday church service as president on Easter Sunday, greeted by hundreds of onlookers at an Episcopal church a block from the White House.

Obama, wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha sat about halfway down the first row in the packed but intimate St. John’s, across Lafayette Park from the White House.

Throngs of onlookers packed the streets around the church and behind police barricades, even though, according to a White House official, the location was not disclosed until Sunday.

Watch out for children, it’s Easter at the White House

Get ready for them. They’re coming. On Monday the White House lawn will be over-run with children for the annual Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme is ”Let’s go play.”

Of course this year will have its differences as President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle continue to put their personal stamp on traditional White House events.

BUSH-EASTER/In an effort to diversify the crowd, the tickets were distributed online so families from far away had a better chance to attend.