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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Topics: Faith
September 28th, 2011
05:17 PM ET

Obama’s uneasy relationship with black voters


Washington (CNN) - President Obama always takes a broader view on issues of race and his policies. He likes to point out that whether he’s pushing for health care reform or more jobs, all Americans not just blacks stand to benefit.

This approach has not gone unnoticed.

Now, as the president courts black voters who were key to his success in 2008, some of them are less than enthusiastic.

"I think the expectations, however unrealistic, from the community are higher for him to quote un quote help us," said Darian “Big Tigger” Morgan, one of Washington DC’s top urban radio morning hosts. “That being said, I still think many people are very very supportive of President Obama,” he added.

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