April 4th, 2012
11:52 AM ET
2 years ago

At Easter breakfast, Obama talks faith in face of doubt

Washington (CNN) - Facing a re-election bid and contending with a bitterly partisan Congress, President Obama spoke Wednesday at a White House Easter prayer breakfast about keeping faith in the face of doubt.

"I am not going to stand up here and give a sermon," Obama said in the East Room of the White House, addressing an audience thick with Christian leaders. "It's always a bad idea to give a sermon in front of professionals."

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  1. Marry

    When the President speaks, one can take comfort and look into a better future. Humble and caring – what a good man!

    April 4, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    I hope Obama enjoys his LAST Easter prayer breakfast in the Whitehouse. His four year term of failure is coming to a close.

    April 4, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Just thinking out loud, but I wonder how a President Romney Easter prayer breakfast will go since most evangelical christians view the LDS church as a cult.

    April 4, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Joe

    I wonder why Obama would even bother to give a prayer breakfast since most progressive view religion as a cult.

    April 4, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  5. Obama Doubling down on Socialism

    So when Obama has the Easter egg hunt on the Whitehouse lawn will all of the kids be required to turn in all of there Easter eggs so they can all be divided up equally? I mean we MUST have an equal playing field where no one gets to take advantage of other, weaker younger kids right? Yes, carry the true socialist message to the kids Obama!

    Sad part is that the kids will know it is wrong but Obama won't!!

    April 4, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Joe – Are you aware that the Kennedys were religious, Jimmy Carter was religious, and most progressives support the teachings of Jesus about the poor and needy. It appears that the teavangelicals are the ones who have formed a cult that Christianity if for whites only.

    April 4, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Joe wrote:

    I wonder why Obama would even bother to give a prayer breakfast since most progressive view religion as a cult.
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    In part because he wanted to "rope a dope" into saying something that makes themselves look bad.

    April 4, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. Qi

    Why does he continue to pretend he is Christian and even American for that matter......TEAMERICA

    April 4, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "So when Obama has the Easter egg hunt on the Whitehouse lawn will all of the kids be required to turn in all of there Easter eggs so they can all be divided up equally? I mean we MUST have an equal playing field where no one gets to take advantage of other, weaker younger kids right? Yes, carry the true socialist message to the kids Obama! "

    Very cute. And what woudl the GOP/Teatrolls do...give all the eggs to one of the kids and promise all the other kids that he'll share when he gets tired of having ALL the eggs?

    April 4, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. demwit

    "And what woudl the GOP/Teatrolls do...give all the eggs to one of the kids and promise all the other kids that he'll share when he gets tired of having ALL the eggs?"

    No, they do it the old fashion way, you knwo, "traditional American" Free-4-All, who ever gets the most wins!
    No place for that on this White House lawn!!

    April 4, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. B

    The Republicans will put all of your eggs in One basket, Theirs.

    Wake up America.

    April 4, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. Dan

    Just another political ploy from this guy. Nothing new here.

    April 4, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "No, they do it the old fashion way, you knwo, "traditional American" Free-4-All, who ever gets the most wins!
    No place for that on this White House lawn!!"

    Except that's merely the false label they put on their promise that if we give all the eggs to one kid, eggs will eventually trickle down to the rest of the children. I can run around calling every animal I meet a doggy and it still doesn't make them all doggies.

    April 4, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  14. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The Easter egg hunt will be held as usual, except at the end, half of the kids will get to keep all of their eggs while the other half must surrender 40% of theirs to give the the kids that were crying about how unfair it was that they had to find eggs so they sat there.

    April 4, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  15. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Obama wants to impose a secular atheistic culture because he is a secret muslim who was mind controlled due to his lifelong commitment to the radical Rev. Jeremiah Wright of the United Church of Christ...

    April 4, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Me IN HOUSTON

    The people who vote republican and GOtP STILL believe
    -Obama is not a Christian
    -Obama is not American

    They also believe the Republicans have a chance to win in the Fall.
    The opposition is a joke, LAUGH AT THEM

    April 4, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. demwit

    No golden egg at this hunt.
    In fact, we probably need to define it as something other than a "hunt".

    Perhaps "Easter Egg Handout" would be better.. Yeah, thats the ticket, everyone gets the same number of multicolored eggs(all looking exactly the same). And all those who don't want to join in, will have to pay a tax penalty.

    April 4, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. Peggy - TX

    RE: Qi Why does he continue to pretend he is Christian and even American for that matter......TEAMERICA

    What do you care, as you obviously are NOT a Christian. I know this for a fact., b/c "Christian" means "Crist Like" and Jesus said to not Judge least yea be judged. Lets face the reality that there are few orgainized groups in the US of significant size that are less in line with the teachings of Jesus, the the Tea Partiers. Just the fact that you personally stoop so low to knock the Presidents sencereity, indicates just how crupt you are in your views and how devoid you are of any ligitimate casue or reason to NOT support 100% our duly elected President.

    April 4, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Well if Willard were to ever conduct an Easter Egg hunt, he'd have it done in Shanghai, have all the eggs shipped to an offshore island and pay the numerous collectors by allowing them to split an egg shell.

    April 4, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. once upon a horse

    Mr President no matter how hard you try to do it, those that do NOT believe you are a Christian or even an American are still going to feel that way. Ignorance goes to the bone and that is not going to change. Be thankful though that that bunch is in a minority. They are the same ones that will say Romney is NOT a Christian as well. And as many so-called Christians that are out there that only claim to be and practice the faith when it is convienant then there is little shame in not wanting to aligned with that type.

    April 4, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  21. Mikey

    @Doubling – "So when Obama has the Easter egg hunt on the Whitehouse lawn will all of the kids be required to turn in all of there Easter eggs so they can all be divided up equally?"
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    No, he won't, because he is not a socialist. Oh, I forgot. The truth cannot penetrate the bubble. Anger, ignorance, and lies are no way to go through life – no wonder all the hard-righties seem so bitter.

    April 4, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In a republican free market Easter egg hunt, the wealthiest spoiled brat would buy all the eggs and laugh at those who did not get any.

    April 4, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The GOP would create an Easter egg safety net for big oil, by giving them all the eggs and a gift certificate for more at the grocery store.

    April 4, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    For the GOP, anything that does not redistribute money to big oil, Wall Street, big banks, military contractors, big insurance, and billionaires is 'socialism.'

    April 4, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The Easter egg hunt will be held as usual, except at the end, half of the kids will get to keep all of their eggs while the other half must surrender 40% of theirs to give the the kids that were crying about how unfair it was that they had to find eggs so they sat there.
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    And after the children are forced to give up 40% of their eggs, Obama will attack and demonize them as Egg Hoarders and demand they contribute 50% next year to the kids that just sit there crying about working for their eggs.

    Plans for the year after include declaring the Easter bunny a national resource owned by all the people. All Easter eggs will be confiscated by the government and distribued to all the people in equal proportions.

    April 4, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |