First Family heads to church
The Obamas walk through Lafayette Park on their way to church. Photo: Khalil Abdallah/CNN
July 17th, 2011
11:18 AM ET

First Family heads to church

While he continues to push for a deal on raising the federal debt limit, President Obama and his family made the short walk from the White House to St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington on Sunday.

A White House official tells CNN President Obama and the First Family have worshiped many times over the course of the Administration, including at 19th Street Baptist Church, Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church, the Washington National Cathedral, multiple times at St. John's Episcopal Church, and Evergreen Chapel at Camp David. Obama has said in the past that he does not make it a habit of attending church in public because of the inconvenince his presence adds with all the extra security.

As the family walked through Lafayette Park on their return to the White House, the president was asked whether he planned to watch the United States women's soccer team play Japan in the World Cup final Sunday afternoon. "Absolutely," he said. "Go U.S.A."


Topics: President Obama • The Family

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  1. Howard

    After TWENTY YEARS of attending Reverent Wright's anti-American, racist church ... for public relations purposes, the Obama's now rely on photo ops, walking to a mainstream Christian church ... what a bunch of phony, self-serving hypocrites ... with ZERO credibility.

    July 17, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
    • kefa34

      the intelligent men finds almost
      everything ridiculous the sensible
      man hardly anything
      you are so small what do you have
      against rev wright .
      have not the chickens come home to roost
      remember jim swaggart
      jim baker they were forgiven by G-d and the american america
      so join the american people in the faith of jesus and forgive.

      July 17, 2011 at 11:29 pm |
  2. jean2009

    After over 10 years of attending Salem Lutheran Church it seems Michelle Bachmann has resigned from her church. So I assume you think she is a phony, self-serving hypocrite...with ZERO credibility?

    People leave churches they disagree with everyday, that doesn't make them hypocrites...it only means they have discovered their belief is not the same as that church's doctrine. The true hypocrites are the ones who never leave a church after their discovery.

    And then there are those hypocrites who sit around and complain about how someone else practices their religion. Just think it is a nice summer day, and they are out walking not riding in a motorcade to and from church. For your information I imagine anyone out walking in the park would have considered it a photo-opportunity.

    As for being a racist, you seem to have a handle on showing that particular trait yourself.

    July 17, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
  3. kefa34

    hope the president says a pray for the land of the free and the brave

    July 17, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Go Jean! Thanks! He certainly is showing those racist traits so clearly, Stevie Wonder can see them! @Howard; The Obamas didn't leave Rev Wright's church because it was anti-American; because it's NOT an anti-American church! It's anti-white supremacy in AMERICA. Biblical understanding is taught to the people along with the creed and mission being that of Rev Wright's continued fight against that 'system' which still hinders success and prosperity for many of AMERICA'S 'minority races'! FURTHERMORE, GE

    July 18, 2011 at 2:03 am |
    • jean2009

      You are right Liz...Rev. Wright's church was not anti-American just anti-White supremacist. A philosophy which Jay, Howard and maiki seem steeped in.

      July 18, 2011 at 6:58 am |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Yes Jean! However, there are at least two more with whom you and I have been enter-acting recently, who are basicly of the same heart, soul and mindset as well. They're such great political filibusterers and figures 'jivers' that they're able to hide behind those traits a little bit better, and just keep accusing me, you and whomever the person who's holding the 'racist barometer' of being racist; playing the race card, and daring anyone to even mention the subject! These 'cons' are in sick, secret denial!

    July 18, 2011 at 8:52 pm |