President Barack Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday morning pleaded with Democrats and Republicans to take a more prayerful stance as they address the nation's problems.
"This is now our fifth prayer breakfast, and it is always just a wonderful event. But I do worry sometimes that as soon as we leave the prayer breakfast, everything we've been talking about the whole time at the prayer breakfast seems to be forgotten—on the same day of the prayer breakfast," Obama said, provoking laughter from the 3,000 people in attendance.
"I mean, you'd like to think that the shelf life wasn't so short," the president said. "But I go back to the Oval Office and I start watching the cable news networks and it's like we didn't pray."
Obama opened his remarks by thanking Josh Dubois, head of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Yesterday was Dubois' last day in that job.
"Joshua has been at my side—in work and in prayer—for years now," Obama said. "He is a young reverend, but wise in years. He's done an outstanding job as the head of our faith-based office."
"Every morning he sends me via email a daily meditation—a snippet of Scripture for me to reflect on. And it has meant the world to me. And despite my pleas, tomorrow will be his last day in the White House. So this morning I want to publically thank Joshua for all that he's done, and I know that everybody joins me in wishing him all the best in his future endeavors—including getting married."
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