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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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Liz Carter in Georgia

    CNN...'He was in part playing the role of 'pastor in chief'?!? How evil and blasphemous of you loons! It is immature, stupid and childish. You ought to be beat with a broom! You take a somber occassion such as this one and poke fun at the PRESIDENT, even as he tries to give thanks to GOD, give support, sympathy and empathy to the families represented from 911, praise and honor to the first responders! This is good example of how media treats this president, no matter what he does! You instigating devils!

    May 5, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
  2. Jay in NC

    No one believes in Barry anymore. The dreams are gone, turned into a nightmare of broken promises. Lies upon lies.

    May 6, 2011 at 8:21 am |
  3. Mike Graham

    Petition to: President Obama
    U.S. Senate & House Of Representatives

    The American Indian community demands an apology from President Obama to include U.S. Senate and House Of Representatives for allowing the code name "Geronimo" represent international terrorist Osama bin Laden.

    The association of Geronimo's name to Osama bin Laden is yet another degrading slap in the face to American Indians from another president and our federal government who waged an "unnecessary holocaust war" against American Indians in the forming of the America we have today. True American history shows Indians were never an enemy of this country. American Indians had every right to stand up for their true home land, way of life, freedom, civil liberties and right to self govern.

    May 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Michael Graham, I'd have to agree with you on that one, because It certainly is the truth.

    May 8, 2011 at 5:51 am |
  5. Jay in NC

    Yes, I agree with you Liz, Barry did give a degrading slap in the face to American Indians.

    May 8, 2011 at 8:08 am |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, I was agreeing with Michael Graham's WHOLE posted comment; not just the request that he makes to the PRESIDENT for an apology. Of course he would expect one to come from PRES OBAMA since it occurred under his watch, but the man listed the US Senate and the House of Representatives. The mission code name 'GERONIMO' may or may not have been sent through Congress nor the PRESIDENT for approval in time to make a change. The mission names are actually devised by the military special force units themselves!

    May 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  7. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I'm sure that out of 'human' error or misthought, the lack of time to sit down, and take deep thoughts into the negotiations and considerations of a name for the mission, WHOMEVER came up with it, was completely innocent of the fact that it would cause so much hurt and controversy to some AMERICANS. The President, war team, seals were heavily focused on getting the job done FINALLY, it's reasonably understandable that they could've overlooked it too! However,I'm sure OBAMA doesn't mind apologizing for ALL!

    May 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  8. Liz Carter in Georgia

    So Jay, even though I knew you would for once agree with me for agreeing with Mr Graham's total complaint about the issue, I am fully aware that the only part of his complaint you truly agree with is the part that seems to put THE PRESIDENT in bad light; and you are glad that I would have to agree with that assessment too, in order to agree with the total comment! Well I do agree with it and I know he will fix it; just like he fixed OBL! Oh, yeah don't forget now you said those were BUSH'S people.

    May 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Yes, they were President Bush's people. I have posted many many times that I disagreed with all the wars. Just because a president has the right to wage war does not mean that hey should. You follow Barry no matter what he does. It is fun seeing you Liberals act like little ducks, walking across a busy street.

      The bottom line is, yet again Barry has made a bad judgement, degraded a race of people for his own personal gain.

      I hear that Hilly-bob suggested "Vast right-wing conspiracy" and The First Date suggest "Song of Solomon." as mission names.

      May 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm |