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.