June 29th, 2009
04:10 PM ET
5 years ago

Gibbs: No decision by Obama on a Washington-area church

The Obamas attended Easter services at a church near the White House but have not settled on a new church in the Washington area.
The Obamas attended Easter services at a church near the White House but have not settled on a new church in the Washington area.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Will he or won't he? President Barack Obama still hasn't decided if he'll join a church in the Washington area, his spokesman said Monday.

Obama is concerned that his presence would disrupt regular Sunday services for other parishioners, spokesman Robert Gibbs said at his daily news briefing.

"I think he believes that might take away from the experience that others might get," Gibbs said.

Obama, who is Christian, has attended services at Evergreen Chapel at Camp David, Maryland, and enjoys the pastor there, Gibbs said. But he said Obama would not formally join the Camp David church.


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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    This is not news. Now if he was attending a mosque, that's another story.

    June 29, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Wolves 4 Palin Charlotte, NC

    Gibbs, tell the reporters it is none of their dang business.

    June 29, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. WIlly Brown

    I hope he finds a place soon. I am losing sleep over this, thanks CNN for reporting this hot news coming from the smartest spokesman in the world Robert Gibb. Man this is change I can believe in!

    June 29, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. Marc in Virginia

    "I think he believes that might take away from the experience that others might get," Gibbs said.

    ^ ^ ^ ^ ^

    Ha ha... I will try to use that line next time my wife drags me to church.

    June 29, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Shelby

    Where he worships is HIS business!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go find some real news!

    June 29, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Cheryl

    How often is he attending church? Only when he is at Camp David. Just an excuse in my opinion.

    June 29, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Zero.

    When is too-much praise for Obama enough? CNN.

    June 29, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  8. Rev. Wright

    I have a suggestion...

    June 29, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Randolph Carter

    Cue the Reverend Wright references......
    Have a nice day!

    June 29, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. TCM

    Who really cares? The guy's loyalty to God is highly questionable so, this "choosing a church," fiasco is showboating....

    June 29, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. R. Wood

    Where, when, and if the Obama's attend church is a private matter. Isn't there some real news to cover today-besides MJ's death, Sanford's affair, or Palin's latest controversy?

    June 29, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. TCM

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -

    Dutch, that's during the week, 5x daily during prayer call....Sunday's are for the showboating for the Christians he duped into voting for "Hope and Change."

    June 29, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Capt. Snarky

    He just needs to admit that he's either an athiest, or a muslim.....

    June 29, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. The Real "No Incumbents 2010"

    The media should stop intruding on the practice of a public official's religious beliefs, which is a private matter. Gibbs should be honest and say this is a personal matter and that he will not be providing information about it. The media should be ashamed for asking about religious practices.

    June 29, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. Mississippi Mike

    He can't attend churches that attack Whites, Jews and America in general so why even go?

    June 29, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Abby

    Here come the useless Reverend Wright references that didn’t work the last time. Where our President worships is his business.

    June 29, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. tom

    i hope he stays out of church we need to get religion out of polotics and stop spreading this crazy cult

    June 29, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. tate

    That church most not hate whites,jews and america enough for these two fools. Is it african liberation church like the one he went to for 25years?

    June 29, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. gus

    Shopping around for a church that doesn't speak badly about the government should be pretty easy. However, shopping around for a church that doesn't bash gay people or other religions might be a challenge. Why didn't he shop around during the 20 years with Rev. Wright? Apparently nothing the good Rev. said offended him or his wife until clear thinking average Americans got wind of it, then suddenly he throws the Rev. under the bus to expedite his ascendancy to the thrown which gives him the ability to throw tax payer dollars to religious institutions in the form of George W. Bush's adopted faith-based initiatives. Knowing full well that many of these churches are worse than Rev. Wrights church. That's why he has to shop around. Discrimination in hiring does not affect churches who apply for faith-based initiatives. This has got to be unconstitutional.

    June 29, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Shari, NY

    Render your heart and not your garments! If he chooses to say his prayers in private – no problem here, but I think people are looking to see where the First Family goes on Sunday mornings. Yes, even those who are fighting to keep the "Lord's Prayer" out of the classroom.

    June 29, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. John M in NoHo CA

    Why is it so important he have a church? Enough with religion and politicians. He should have the right to not even go to church if he doesn't feel like it.

    June 29, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ TCM

    I knew you would take my comment literally. We all know the President is a Christian. Even you know this. As much as you and phoenix86 blasts Rev. Wright, I thought you guys would have knew that by now.

    June 29, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  23. Zora La Rousse, Lugano CH

    Many people continue to imply that President Obama is a Muslim; for argument's sake, what if he was?

    I would still place my vote and my confidence in him over Sarah Palin and her hateful 'Christian' rhetoric.

    Why are so many ‘Christian’ Americans afraid of Muslims? I have many Muslim and Muslim-American friends and colleagues-and not a single of them is a ‘terrorist’; Quite the opposite, actually, they are all worlds apart in their advanced education, success, intelligence and global perspective than many ‘Christian’ Americans who voted for McCain/Palin.

    The anti-Islamic bigotry in the U.S. is ridiculous, sad, and pathetic. It’s easy to hate someone who is more intelligent than you, more successful than you and more accomplished than you if they practice a different faith. A coward can always feel brave if they are part of a mob; better yet if their cowardice is justified by their Christian faith.

    June 29, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. slp

    I have heard it all now. Can this president think anymore highly of himself? I guess he has been told so much that he is on equal footing with God that he now believes it. He believes that it might take away from the experience others will get. Whatever! All of you who voted for this man, this is your president. I didn't vote for him.

    June 29, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. Zora La Rousse, Lugano CH

    Many people continue to imply that President Obama is a Muslim; for argument's sake, what if he was?

    I would still place my vote and my confidence in him over Sarah Palin and her hateful 'Christian' rhetoric.

    Why are so many ‘Christian’ Americans afraid of Muslims? I have many Muslim and Muslim-American friends and colleagues-and not a single of them is a ‘terrorist’; Quite the opposite, actually, they are all worlds apart in their advanced education, success, intelligence and global perspective in comparison to many ‘Christian’ Americans who voted for McCain/Palin.

    The anti-Islamic bigotry in the U.S. is ridiculous, sad, and pathetic. It’s easy to hate someone who is more intelligent than you, more successful than you and more accomplished than you if they practice a different faith. A coward can always feel brave if they are part of a mob; better yet if their cowardice is justified by their Christian faith.

    June 29, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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