Day of Prayer observed as always, with reverence and controversy
May 5th, 2011
04:49 PM ET

Day of Prayer observed as always, with reverence and controversy

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama bowed his head silently Thursday after laying a wreath at the 9/11 memorial at ground zero in lower Manhattan.  He was in part playing the role of "pastor in chief," taking a moment with the nation to remember the fallen in the decade-long struggle against terrorism.

Last Friday, before he addressed the country late Sunday night to announce Osama bin Laden was dead, Obama issued his yearly proclamation on the National Day of Prayer.  Thursday marked the 60th observance of the day in the United States. In his proclamation, Obama called all Americans to pray for, among other things, the men and women in the military, to ask God for "sustenance and guidance," and to pray for those affected by natural disasters.

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President Obama to meet with OBL assault team
May 5th, 2011
03:47 PM ET

President Obama to meet with OBL assault team

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A senior administration official tells CNN that President Obama has met with the military commander of the operation against Osama bin Laden and will meet Friday with members of the  team involved in the assault on his compound in Pakistan.

“The President met with Admiral McRaven at the White House yesterday to thank him personally in the Oval Office and will have the opportunity to privately thank some of the special operators involved in the operation tomorrow at Ft. Campbell,” the official said.

Admiral William McRaven is head of the Joint Special Ops Command.


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Picture of the week
May 5th, 2011
12:00 PM ET

Picture of the week

WASHINGTON (CNN) - U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth  listens during an event with members of Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride on the South Lawn of the White House.

Duckworth lost her legs when the aircraft she was co-piloting was ambushed and struck by a rocket-propelled grenade.

POTUS schedule for May 5, 2011
May 5th, 2011
07:20 AM ET

POTUS schedule for May 5, 2011

In the morning, the President will travel to New York, New York. The President’s departure from the South Lawn and the arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport are open press.

 In New York City, the President will participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the National September 11th Memorial. This ceremony is open to pre-credentialed media.

 Following the ceremony, the President will meet with 9/11 family members at 9/11 Memorial Preview Site.  This meeting is closed press. During the trip, the President will also meet with first responders.

 In the afternoon, the President will return to Washington, DC. The President’s departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport and the arrival on the South Lawn are open press.

 In the evening, the President and the First Lady will host a Cinco de Mayo reception in the East Room. The President will deliver remarks. The President’s remarks are pooled press.

 full schedule after the jump

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