Obama, Romney mark campaign-free Sunday by attending church
August 19th, 2012
01:23 PM ET

Obama, Romney mark campaign-free Sunday by attending church

Washington (CNN) – The two men locked in an intense campaign for the White House marked one of the rare days that neither has a campaign event by attending church services with their families on Sunday.

President Barack Obama, along with first lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters, Sasha and Malia, walked across Lafayette Square on an overcast Sunday in the nation's capital to attend mass at St. John's Episcopal Church.

During the sermon, the Rev. Michael Angell spoke about what he called "a summer of violence." He mentioned recent shootings, including the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, that killed 12 people late last month and the shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, that killed six people earlier this month.

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  1. Howard

    So, does this mean Barack and Michelle will be spending Sunday in the same racist, anti-American, Jeremiah Wright church which they attended for TWENTY YEARS ... the same church which gave racist, Louis Farrakhan a life time achievement award ... the church which required allegiance to their racist "Black Values" policies ???

    August 19, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • me

      i've never heard of a racist black person, but go on...

      August 20, 2012 at 10:22 am |
      • Sarah

        Howard..Racism does not just go one way..

        August 20, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Saying that there are no racist black people is.... racist.

        August 21, 2012 at 7:04 am |
    • RealityBites

      It doesn't matter, Obama said he doesn't listen to the pastor when he's in church.., remember?

      August 20, 2012 at 11:38 am |
      • Howard

        Newsweek magazine is targeting its latest controversial cover at the Obama administration. It’s part of a devastating story written by esteemed British historian Niall Ferguson telling President Obama that it’s time to go and that the only team that can possibly turn the country around is the Romney-Ryan ticket.

        “In his inaugural address, Obama promised ‘not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.’” Ferguson writes in the cover story, “Hit the Road, Barack: Why We Need a New President.”

        “He promised to ‘build the roads and bridges, the electric grids, and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.’ He promised to ‘restore science to its rightful place and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost.’” wrote Ferguson, who made some of the same arguments in a March 2012 Newsmax cover story, "Decision Time." “And he promised to ‘transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.’ Unfortunately the president’s scorecard on every single one of those bold pledges is pitiful.”

        “Welcome to Obama’s America: nearly half the population is not represented on a taxable return—almost exactly the same proportion that lives in a household where at least one member receives some type of government benefit,” Ferguson writes. “We are becoming the 50–50 nation—half of us paying the taxes, the other half receiving the benefits.”

        August 20, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Gee, Howard EVERYBODY PAYS PAYROLL TAXES ON ANY INCOME THEY EARN. It comes out of your paycheck. EVERYBODY PAYS STATE AND FEDERALTAXES ON THE THINGS THEY BUY and sell. Unless, you cheat the system which seems like Mitt does.
        P.S. In the news today Mitt and Ryan are trying to distance themselves from the Medicare debate. Guess they figured out they couldn't pull the wool over anybody's eyes on that one.

        August 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
      • Sarah

        Mitts paid everything he was legally responsible to pay. In what news today were they distancing themselves?? In the news I watched which played their town hall rally they had in New Hampshire they stated "WE WELCOME THE DEBATE ON MEDICARE". Cynthia not sure what media you are watching.

        August 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  2. Sri Anima Mundi

    Obama is a wonderful person and a great president .

    August 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • John

      IYO, why?
      Someone can easily post that he is a bad person and a very bad president.

      August 20, 2012 at 8:40 am |
      • me

        ...and that would be their opinion. let the man have his opinion without scrutiny

        August 20, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • RealityBites

      $6 trillion added to our children's debt in 4 yrs. Obama is clearly the worse president America has EVER had..

      August 20, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • Sarah

      My pool guy is a great person and is more qualified to be President, Obama has been one big failure.

      August 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  3. Tammy

    Well, it certainly couldn't be any worse tham Romney attending his CULT church of mormonism. The Christians of america need to get out and spread the word that Romney is not a "god" fearing man, but a man steeped in the Book Of Mormon and the awful Mormon church. It is a cult, plain and simple and no christian should vote for Romney. He believes in many different levels of heaven, but according to the bible there is one heaven and one hell. As a mormon Romney aint going up-period. Everyone, do your homework before you vote-know what mormonism really is and run from it.

    August 19, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      So, you think that people should not vote for Gov. Romney because of your religious beliefs? Who made you the keeper of all faiths?

      August 20, 2012 at 8:19 am |
    • John

      One openly hates. The other shows no sign of hate. Only in a libs mind would there be "the same".

      August 20, 2012 at 8:41 am |
    • Steveo

      Tammy you forgot something. The President "Evolved "on the issue of same sex marriage. Remind me of what the Bible clearly says about that issue! You guys keep stating how we are electing a president and NOT a pastor. So what does that only work one way? I doubt you will respond but here is your chance to do so! Otherwise you are just a "hit and run" blogger!

      August 20, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • Steveo

      Tammy you forgot something. The President "Evolved "on the issue of same s-e-x marriage. Remind me of what the Bible clearly says about that issue! You guys keep stating how we are electing a president and NOT a pastor. So what does that only work one way? I doubt you will respond but here is your chance to do so! Otherwise you are just a "hit and run" blogger!

      August 20, 2012 at 10:00 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        And so, basically you agree with Rep. Todd Akin Repulblican nominee for Senate in Missouri and his comments about 'Legitimate Rape'. And use that as an excuse to promote your religious views on abortion.

        1996 study by the American Journal of Obstetricians and Gynecologists found that " rape-related pregnancy occurs with significant frequency and is "a cause of many unwanted pregnancies with an estimated 32,101 pregnancies resulting from RAPE each year.
        His claim about 'Legitimate Rape' is NOT completey foreign to the current Republican Congress who was pressured to remove the incidiary language in the bills they put forth regarding Women's Health issuses.
        Just to give a small section of one age group figures –
        ONE in FIVE young women will be a victim of sexual assault while they are in college.
        ONE in NINE Teen girls will be FORCED to have sex.
        ONE in TEN Teens will be hurt on purpose by someone they are dating.
        You are placing your religious views without GOD-DAMNING the male population for their behaviours and beliefs, AND treatment of the women in this country.
        If they found a way to give birth control to men you Evangelicals would condemn that too. WOMEN STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS! When a man such as Todd Akin who serves on a committee that has SCIENCE in it's name, and is another TEA PARTY DINOSAUR flying his RIGHTEOUS FLAG OF STUPIDITY pollutes the airwaves with his bible- thumping ignorance I SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

        August 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
      • Steveo

        Cynthia,

        Is your need for attention that desperate that you need to tell me what I agree with when i said NO SUCH THING? Please tell me what I feel about rapists (since you think you know it all). What am I thinking now! I TOLD YOU YESTERDAY I disagree with AKIN. Since you know it all , you should have known THAT! You have a difficult time digesting my words and now you venture out to tell me what I think and who I agree with? That mind reading think ain't working out so well for you!

        You have every right to state your beliefs as do I. Last night I went to sleep in America! Did I wake up in America?

        August 21, 2012 at 10:32 am |
      • Steveo

        Cynthia L l
        Let me tell you what I do agree with (but based upon your blog, I am sure you already know). I agree with th e gOP asking this guy to step down. See how that works? The GOP is asking Akin to step down. Why is it when a Dem says something stupid you all remain silent? Who asked Biden to step down?

        August 21, 2012 at 11:30 am |
    • bb

      @angry Tanny , The election comming up isnt about dumbocraps or republicans its about who is best for the job, Oblunder and his ways =FAIL, Give the mormon guy a try. It can only get better once The evil one is tossed from the whitehouse.

      August 20, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • me

      mormonism is not a cult. i know many mormons, and they are nice people. the mormons of the past are not the same as mormons of the present. if you dislike romney for his religious beliefs, that is on you. personally, i will vote for the candidate who i like the best, religion has no place in government. if a presisdent wants to be religious about his policies, THEN i will hold him accountable.

      August 20, 2012 at 10:27 am |
  4. Dr. L. Kimberley

    Very funny! I believe neither is sincere – just courting the Evangelicals! It's all a vote-getting game! Fakes and hypocrites.

    August 19, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
  5. Helen Hevener

    Well Howard take a look at Mitt Romney's church- Church Of Mormon- they dont even allow black people in their church – if fact they are taught that black people are a blight against God our maker- I find that racist myself!!! I dont think God would create anybody that he didnt think was worth something!!! I happen to believe in equality for everybody- whether it is race- sexual or relgious- we are all AMERICANS!!! Just wish everybody could understand that!!!

    August 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
    • Kool-Aid Police

      Wrong, blacks are allowed in the Mormon church. If you're going to lie at least make it sound good.

      August 20, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Your post is just a Liberal lie.

      Gladys Knight, and Mayor Mia Love, Saratoga Springs are Mormons.
      1997, there were approximately 500,000 black members of the church, and the number has continued to grow.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Mormons

      Will you come back and post an apology?

      August 20, 2012 at 8:29 am |
      • Steveo

        Jay,

        She's not coming back! Just another hit and run blogger!

        August 20, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • Steveo

      WRONG!

      August 20, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • deedeetee

      Helen that is a lie! Black have been members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the time it was organized. One of the reasons why Joseph Smith was tarred and feather was because the church allowed "Blacks" to be members of the church. Go to Mormon.org and read and study before you spout lies.

      August 20, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
  6. Judy

    the president went to a christian service and romney went to a cult meeting .Stuff it howard How about mittens taxes?????

    August 20, 2012 at 2:10 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Funny how Liberals cry every time someone calls Obama by his first name yet make up names for Gov. Romney.

      August 20, 2012 at 8:21 am |
      • me

        don't be a hypocrite. conservatives do this too. the only piece of evidence i need is the comment below mine, @bb

        August 20, 2012 at 10:30 am |
    • bb

      @Judy it is Oblunder who does evil by trying to destroy America every time he open his vile mouth. He hasnt kept any campaign promises and continues to spew lies. THOSE ARE FACTS. Its ok we all made mistakes like u did picking mr i nept.

      August 20, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • Lizzie

      So listening to a Preacher for 20 years, who damns America it's all the white folks fault, is Christian, I always believed that a preacher should preach the bible, love and hope, not call for riots. So what will you call all the other religions that do not fit into your narrative, what about Islam, Hindu, etc.etc. So what in your mind Is Louis Farrakhan religion, being Muslim preaching for destruction, riots, and the downfall of America?????

      August 20, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        Rev. Wright was a United States Marine. He served so you could enjoy FREE SPEECH.

        August 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
      • Steveo

        Cynthia L.

        Rev. Wright was a United States Marine. He served so you could enjoy FREE SPEECH.
        --------
        That has NOTHING to do with his sermons asking God to condemn the U.S.
        Just like Rangel was a Marine and THAT had NOTHING to do with him cheating on his taxes!

        August 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  7. Lizzie

    Be nice people, he did not go to church for a LONG time, saying he is looking for a church, now it's election time and he needs the votes of those who cling to their religion and guns, guess next he will be going to gunshows.

    August 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      So, where was Romney when the Mormons were baptizing DEAD JEWS??

      August 20, 2012 at 12:50 pm |
      • Steveo

        Where was Obama when Wright asked God to D-A-M-N America?

        August 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  8. Sarah

    Nice that Obama could find the church. Guess since Romney was attending church he felt he had to.

    August 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  9. Joi Gibson

    Why should it matter whether either one of them goes to Church? And when they do, why do photographers have to be there? Let them worship in peace.

    OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!

    August 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  10. riazzo

    Wait, so the Obamas are Episcopal this week?

    Does he know what religion they are? Poor Obama confused and living in denial of who your biological father really is......

    August 20, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  11. demwit

    The universe just appeared out of no wehere 13 billion years ago and will fade back nothingness 13 billion yrs from now. When are you morons going to learn science??

    August 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
    • demwit

      Rastafari helps people reach new hieghts.., Julia knows.

      August 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  12. DEcember 2012

    BOTH CANDIDATES HAVE TO GO TO CHURCH BEFORE THEY SLAM EACH OTHER IN THE AGE OLD TRADITION OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS. GOD BLESS THEM.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    August 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Steveo

      The is the FIRST thing you have said in a long time that I agree with! Don't get used to it! Even a broken clock is right twice a day!

      August 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  13. RomneyCares Less

    Time for ROMNEY and ANN to visit their home planet KOLOB!

    OBAMA 2012 for obvious reasons!

    August 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      You are attacking Gov. Romney for his religions beliefs? I thought that Liberals were tolerant.

      August 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
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