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Obama to attend Easter services in the District

By Hamil R. Harris
President Obama will worship with a District congregation this Easter Sunday, a visit that comes at a time when president has been quietly working to improve his ties with faith leaders, particularly those in the African American community.

The White House declined to specify the church the first family will attend, citing a desire not to disturb the congregation by attracting gawkers.

Aides to the president say that during his first year in office he has built strong and lasting ties to black churches, from meeting with senior African American church leaders who are part of his advisory panel on faith to crafting initiatives with African American groups across the country. Joshua DuBois, director of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, holds weekly calls with clergy -- and also gives the president a daily Bible verse.

Church leaders who have frequented the White House included Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bishop Charles E. Blake of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ and T. DeWitt Smith, Jr., president of the Progressive National Baptist Convention.

While members of the Congressional Black Caucus and others have accused the president of not doing enough for the black community, Smith said he is pleased with how the president has reached out to the faith community. "We didn't expect him to solve all of America problem and we don't expect it now," Smith said.

Every time the president worships in the District it sets up a frenzy for space in the pews.

His first District church visit was to the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church on the eve of the inaugural. Last Easter, he worshipped at St. John's Church on Lafayette Square; in January, he attended services at the Vermont Avenue Baptist Church. On several occasions the first family have attended services at Camp David.

Though Obama's visits to D.C. churches have been few, he has impressed those who have seen him in a religious context. "I believe he has a genuine respect and regard for worship and the importance of it and ... that he weighs heavily on how his presence might impact worship for others," said the Rev. Derrick Harkins, senior pastor at Nineteenth Street Baptist. "He takes worship seriously."

By Hamil R. Harris  |  April 2, 2010; 6:06 PM ET
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I did'nt know that Muslim's celebrated Easter.

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Posted by: maphound | April 4, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

It would be interesting for the press to chronicle how many times Obama visited a Mosque vesus a church.

Does anyone here know if Obama attends a Mosque?

Posted by: cpameetingbook | April 4, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

GO!! Christian haters!!!

Posted by: knjincvc | April 4, 2010 9:55 AM

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We only dislike people who pretend to be Christians......

Posted by: UpAndOver | April 4, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

sandy5274:
May God forgive you for you know not what you say and do.

Not really. You could not possibly be "knowing" in the way that would allow you to feel and to say what you purport to feel in the way that you do.

Posted by: nana4 | April 4, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

"President Obama will worship with a District congregation this Easter Sunday, a visit that comes at a time when president has been quietly working to improve his ties with faith leaders, particularly those in the African American community."

Could it simply be because it is Easter Sunday? No one seemed to believe former Presidents attended church services for political reasons before this one. And former Presidents worshipped in the churches of their faith. This President and his family is a black family. I see nothing newsworthy about the fact they they choose to attend a black church on Easter Sunday.

Posted by: nana4 | April 4, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

GO!! Christian haters!!!

Posted by: knjincvc | April 4, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Why not go back home to good old Chicago for the holidays. You have a mansion there that A. Rezko the convicted felon helped you score with a 300 grand discount and then sell you a piece of the lot he paid full boat on and build you a fence. You seem to have forgotten you live in the same neighborhood with the churches award winner Louis Farrakhan. You can go into the Trinity Church and see how the new Reverend is doing. He may have some new anti Israel, anti Jew, anti Whites anti American comments that you can sleep through and say you never heard.

What is wrong with going home for the holidays? Politically it would be a bad move right?

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | April 4, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

So the man can't take his family to church without the right wing fringe making an appearance to criticize him.

All that hate is going to kill you folks. It'll eat you up from the inside.

Posted by: Hillman1 | April 4, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Some ask the question is Obama just a puppet and the puppeteer really the Anti-Christ. They ask, "Who is the puppeteer, who is he". It does not matter because the puppet is the puppeteer of the puppeteer. The guy who thinks he is telling Obama what to do is so into himself he does not know that Obama is actually telling him what to do. So I tell you Obama is the Anti-Christ, Devil on Earth, or what ever else you want to call this Demonic Figure. His words describe him, He is a False Hope, If you listen to him you will love him. He carries a Bow without an Arrow. He will conquer all through his speech, his false hoods will capture all who sit and listen to him.

Posted by: makom | April 4, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

So, let me get this right. He is campaigning for his job. Tomorrow he will proclaim Good Friday is a "Spring Holiday". BYE BYE DEMOCRATS

Posted by: kstobbe1 | April 4, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Is the attached picture her Easter outfit? She is constantly wearing bright "Easter" colored clothing paired with her daughters sweaters and on Easter Sunday she selects and ALL black outfit? Strange.

Posted by: cjones210 | April 4, 2010 6:34 AM | Report abuse

Happy Easter Mr. President and beautiful first Family. Please enjoy the beautiful Easter Egg postings here and disregard the rotton egg unchristian ones. Stinkers like Sandy 5274 & Gordon Shumway - About time they kneel on a PEW not in it.

Posted by: eaglehawkaroundsince1937 | April 4, 2010 4:57 AM | Report abuse

Happy Easter Mr. President and beautiful first Family. Please enjoy the beautiful Easter Egg postings here and disregard the rotton egg unchristian ones. Stinkers like Sandy 5274 & Gordon Shumway - About time they kneel on a PEW not in it.

Posted by: eaglehawkaroundsince1937 | April 4, 2010 4:56 AM | Report abuse

Hypocrit! What a phony Barack Hussein and
America Hater Michelle Obama both are as they donot believe in Christ or a Christian
God,as their 20 year attendance at Black
Power Screwball Rev Jerimiah Wright Black
Racist Church in Chicago alone proves...Go
drag out your Muslim prayer rug Obama and
face East and Pray to Mecca You Muslim from
Kenya! We call your kind Hypocrits Obama!

Barack Hussein Obama = Hypocrit!
Michelle Obama = Hypocrit!

Barack Hussein Obama = Muslim
Michelle Obama = Muslim

Barack Hussein Obama = Liar!
Michelle Obama = Liar!

Go Back To Kenya Barack Hussein Obama!

Posted by: sandy5274 | April 3, 2010 5:53 AM

Sandy, Are you really Sara Palin???? There is new invention called spell check.

Posted by: letsgetreal | April 4, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Guess he couldn't find a mosque that would be open on a Sunday.

Isn't this his second visit to an actual church since he became President? I can't count the number of his visits to a mosque in that same period.

Posted by: GordonShumway | April 4, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Guess he couldn't find a mosque that would be open on a Sunday.

Isn't this his second visit to an actual church since he became President? I can't count the number of his visits to a mosque in that same period.

Posted by: GordonShumway | April 4, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Must be 'Show & Tell' today, can't miss that.....

Posted by: UpAndOver | April 4, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

The word is spelled hypocrite.

Posted by: nancy_nyc | April 3, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

Happy Easter to President Obama and his family. You are doing a great job. I admire your perseverance which is beyond description, and with dignity. Keep up the superb work.
John and family

Posted by: cemell2000 | April 3, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

"Happy Easter", President Obama and family, and may the Lord bless and keep you. You are His son, and the Lord will continue to bless you and help you achieve much for our country, despite the rants and ravings of the misguided and uninformed.

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Posted by: itkonlyyouaa | April 3, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Hypocrit! What a phony Barack Hussein and
America Hater Michelle Obama both are as they donot believe in Christ or a Christian
God,as their 20 year attendance at Black
Power Screwball Rev Jerimiah Wright Black
Racist Church in Chicago alone proves...Go
drag out your Muslim prayer rug Obama and
face East and Pray to Mecca You Muslim from
Kenya! We call your kind Hypocrits Obama!

Barack Hussein Obama = Hypocrit!
Michelle Obama = Hypocrit!

Barack Hussein Obama = Muslim
Michelle Obama = Muslim

Barack Hussein Obama = Liar!
Michelle Obama = Liar!

Go Back To Kenya Barack Hussein Obama!

Posted by: sandy5274 | April 3, 2010 5:53 AM | Report abuse

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