Willow Creek pastor Bill Hybels and Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen attended the White House Easter prayer breakfast where President Obama briefly addressed 90 Christian clergy and guests this morning. Obama offered his "deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers" to the families of dead and missing coal miners in West Virginia.
He said he had offered federal assistance to West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin. Obama asked his guests to "pray for the safe return of the missing" and for the souls of the victims, according to the pool report.
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also attended the breakfast. Here's more from the pool report:
Obama said his breakfast for Christian clergy was part of a broader effort to welcome all faiths to the White House that had included a celebratory dinner to mark the end of the Muslim fast of Ramadan and a sedar as a part of Jews' commemoration of Passover. The President, speaking from notes, spoke in personal ...1