White House spokesman Jay Carney wouldn't comment on the controversial nature of Easter service attended by President Obama and his family:
"Well, I wasn't there," said Carney in response to a question from Fox News's Ed Henry about the "political" Easter service. "And I have not spoken with the president. I know that he enjoys going to Easter services with his family, and in keeping with a tradition that dates back many presidencies, he went right across the park here to St. John's and attended those services."
"The president was just attending Easter services with his family," added Carney.
"Well, again, he is not a politician. This is not a senator or a member of Congress or the president, this was a sermon at a church here that's been visited by presidents of both parties for many, many years. And I think--you know, I just don't have anything more on it for you--I haven't talked to the president about it," said Carney.
The reverend was quoted as saying, "It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling us back ... for blacks to be back in the back of the bus ... for women to be back in the kitchen ... for immigrants to be back on their side of the border."
President Obama and his family this morning went to Easter Sunday services at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. Here are notes on the Easter service from the pool reporter, which included this part, "It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling us back ... for blacks to be back in the back of the bus ... for women to be back in the kitchen ... for immigrants to be back on their side of the border":
Notes on today's Easter service at St John's (from the program):
President Obama hosted a pre-Easter prayer breakfast at the White House this morning with members of his administration and clergymen. Prominent breakfast attendees included Rev. Al Sharpton, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, and Rev. Julius Scruggs. White House aides told the press pooler at the breakfast that "heads of major denominations, non-profit leaders and prominent mainline, Evangelical, Orthodox and Catholic leaders from across the spectrum" were all in attendance this morning.
You’ve read Elliott Abrams in the new issue on the myths of the peace process. You’re alarmed by the Obama administration’s turn against Israel. But, with Passover and Easter upon us, you might want to reflect a little more about the meaning of Jewish history, Israel, and Judaism.
Here are a few articles from the TWS archives I think you’ll find worth re-reading: