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The Obamas walk to church, reverend preaches understanding expectations
December 12th, 2011
03:10 AM ET

The Obamas walk to church, reverend preaches understanding expectations

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – On a cold, brisk day in Washington, DC, the president and his family walked across Lafayette Park to attended services at St. John’s Episcopal Church.

According to a pool report, Reverend Luis Leon’s sermon was about John the Baptist heralding Jesus as the real god. Leon went on to discuss how John the Baptist’s heralding did not first go as expected but that it was a good thing because it taught people to accept reality.

Rev. Leon also mentioned the president in his sermon. Playing off John the Baptist, the reverend discussed the expectations people had of Obama at first. Many people, he said, unfairly expected a messiah to cure all America’s problems, but that now it is becoming apparent it’s not that easy.

"This is not a political diatribe by the way,” Rev. Leon said. “It's simply stating the obvious.”

Just after noon, the first family took communion with other worshipers and then walked back to the White House.

Presidents have become regulars at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Founded in 1815, every president since James Madison has attended a service there.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Houses of worship • Obama

soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. Ms. Brenda Scott

    Greetings !..To our fellow web-readers, The President, Mr. Obama and his family are for real, working -class Americans Yes, they still attend church, pray together, raising, respectable, obedient, intelligent children,who will accomplish great things just as their parents The President and his wife Michelle . I enjoy seeing this American Family with American values ,I pray he will get reelected he has did a wonderful job dealing with a political hot mess in Washington, really. Florida
    Ms. Brenda Scott a real Obama Supporter since 2006, ..Alright America 2012 Obama Time is right Now!Rock that Vote 2012

    December 29, 2011 at 11:10 am |
  2. RW Woods

    All Should Have Respect for the Obama's

    America has lost its Patriotism-because of their lack of respect for the First Family. President and Mrs. Obama have done a great job–looking at what they were faced with when they inherited the Bush's administration. The Republicans and Democrats in Congress are destroying the fabric of the American family–and particularly our children.

    We as American's should respect our President as we respected others from General George Washington to President George W. Bush. We must learn to move beyond color–and stomp out discriminatory practices-because it will continue to destroy our families. This is why our children aren't receiving the best education-that America should provide–because of our bigotry and a lack of carrying for others.

    I voted for George W. and McCain-but in 2012 I will not vote republican but with the president who has gotten the job done-President Obama!

    A Common Sense Thinker

    December 14, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • LetsSee

      I found this comment interesting about Obama. Just before Obama took office, PolitiFact combed through campaign documents, speeches and debate transcripts to see what promises he had made. They found more than 500 individual promises and put each of them into a database to be monitored closely.

      They found 91 promises have been fulfilled, 33 compromised on, 87 stalled and 14 broken. The remaining promises are designated as being "in the works."

      How many promises do you think George W kept, not that many. ;-)

      December 14, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • Mark from Middle River

      >>>"at what they were faced with when they inherited the Bush's administration"

      Yeah, they also kept many of the Bush appointees. Obama even has admitted that he sought out advisement from both G.W. and Cheney.

      Before the election and still you have the Bush Sr and Bill Clinton working together. G.W. was just in Africa furthering his push for AIDs care.

      The lines are so blurred up in Washington DC who knows who is who.

      December 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
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