Obama reflects on faith
February 2nd, 2012
03:16 PM ET

Obama reflects on faith

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama spoke of his personal faith Thursday as he delivered remarks for the third year in a row at the National Prayer Breakfast.

In addition, Obama used the platform in front of religious dignitaries and politicians to express his vision of how faith and government intersect and can work together.

After his remarks, the president received a standing ovation from the crowd at the Washington Hilton, the White House pool reporter said. Journalists are barred from attending the breakfast with the exception of the White House pool, which follows the president. CNN requested and was denied access to the event.

The breakfast has hosted every president since Eisenhower.

Obama, who, as one administration official said, identifies as a "committed Christian who spends a lot of time working on his Christian walk," noted in the speech that he prays daily.

"I wake up each morning and I say a brief prayer, and I spend a little time in scripture and devotion," he said.

Since he has been inWashington, Obama has not formally joined a church. For nearly 20 years he was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ inChicago. The president and his staff have noted the logistical difficulties of a sitting president attending services, but he has visited several churches inWashington  and worshiped privately with his family atCamp David.

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  1. Somebody Else

    Why is any US president at a subversive cult breakfast run by the "Sinister Family" group which is known to bribe senators and congress critters with discounted living quarters below market rate in central Washington DC?

    February 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  2. Robert

    Oh please.....he's moving to the center a little early this year. Must be feeling the heat from Romney already.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
    • Howard

      Obama acts liike he's the pro-Hispanic candidate, while he and Holder kill over 200 innocent Mexicans with their stupid, careless Fast and Furious policy.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
      • Trace

        Howard, again you are making it really hard not to insult you. Please keep it on topic. This article is about what????? Try again and have a nice day.

        February 3, 2012 at 2:56 am |
  3. Samuel L. Harris

    I believe President Obama is a christian and was born in Hawaii in 1961. As he stated, every morning he begins his day with prayer. I pray for him and my Country (USA) every day. May God keep him and protect him from all danger.

    February 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  4. Matt

    Give me a break!..... Hollow words that will be consumed by the unthinking...
    It's "pretend so we can get re-elected" time....!!

    February 2, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
  5. Frank

    As an evangelical christian, I pray that all christians choose a christian Obama over his non-christian opponent any day. May all God's children say Amen to my prayer.

    February 2, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
  6. george of the jungle

    The repos have no idea how to handle this so they just make nasty remarks. The man is as good a christian as any for the other candidates and better than most. I would put his family values up against any the others.

    February 2, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • Joey

      Sheesh, your idiocy seems to know no bounds. One day you hammer conservatives for mixing religion with politics and the next you praise Obama for doing the same thing. At least TRY to be somewhat consistent!

      February 3, 2012 at 1:44 am |
      • Trace

        Joey, seems you are little thick on this issue....Again, this is the National Prayer Breakfast....The president has to talk about faith / religion...its the purpose for the event. Also, it shouldn't come as no surprise this is the president of the United States so his very job deals with politics at every mention of his name.

        But as a general rule of thumb, the founders that you Republican strict constitutionalists so revere clearly wanted a "separation of church and state" So if you want to talk about consistency, start with your own party...you can't have it both ways, and/or only when it suits your politics at that moment. Have a nice day...(you see, I'm still being respectful and nice)

        February 3, 2012 at 3:02 am |
      • jean2009

        @joey and exlax:
        The National Prayer Breakfast has been a feature on the national scene for the last 60 years, and every president starting with Dwight Eisenhower has spoken at that breakfast. It is an annual event hosted by Congress on the behalf of The Fellowship Foundation. President Obama has spoken at the breakfast for three years and attended the Prayer Breakfast when he was a senator.

        FYI exlax...The President and family attended church services on Christmas Day at the Marine Corps Base Chapel -in Honolulu -December 25, 2011 and they attended Zion Baptist Church (Washington D. C.) for Martin Luther King Services on January 15, 2012...and here he is at the National Prayer Breakfast in February. The family also attends services at Evergreen Chapel at Camp David.

        George W. Bush rarely attended church and Ronald Reagan never attended church. To be honest it is probably a logistic nightmare for the Secret Service whenever a President attends services anywhere.

        It seems you both wouldn't know the truth if it jumped on you. Have you ever heard the term "Do the research"? Or, do you just enjoy posting nonsense and lies which makes you both look like fools?

        February 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
  7. jerrylax

    yeah I heard he went to listen to Rev Wright for over twenty years rant his racist radical agenda of hate.. Was Jesus a racist? Looks like his first almost church visit of the year and it's only February...oh yeah he is campaigning.

    February 2, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
    • Trace

      jerrylax, will you ever come to your senses? I don't think even you believe half the stuff you say...you would have to be...well, I can't say because I'm trying to be nice and respectful to people like you. I'm trying to be considerate, as I know your party is really down in the dumps right now....terrible message, terrible policies, hardly any of them make sense, the Tea Party is not too well like or admirered, if fact being a Tea Party member is synomous with be the neighborhood leper, and every one of your candidates are no more than punchlines.....But all that aside, your posts make it very difficult to not blast you. Although I'm really trying....So, say something smart. Make a valid argument. Try not personally insulting the president, and let's see if we can have a decent discussion on the important topics of the day....Come on now...I know you can come up with something half way sensible – right??? Have a nice day !

      February 3, 2012 at 3:10 am |
  8. Margo Ducane

    what a Crock – only because of the Election is he pulling out the Religion Card. He was born a Muslim and is Muslim – Its apparent in the decisions he makes. We must get rid of him and his band of criminals and thugs in the administiation. November can't come fast enough for our Country to boot them all out – God Bless America

    February 3, 2012 at 4:58 am |
    • jean2009

      And you are an idiot.

      February 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm |