Obama attends church on Easter
The Obama family is seen walking outside the White House to St. John's Episcopal Church in this file photo.
March 31st, 2013
12:14 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama attends church on Easter

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and his family attended a church service on Easter at St. John's Episcopal Church, which is across the street from the White House.

"Happy Easter, everybody," he said while walking to the service with first lady Michelle Obama and the couple's two daughters.

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The sermon was delivered by The Rev. Luis Leon, whom Obama tapped in January to deliver the benediction at his second inauguration after controversy forced his first pick for that slot to step aside.

St. John's is known informally as "the church of the presidents" and has a pew dedicated for the president.

Obama spent Saturday on the golf course at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and later attended the NCAA basketball matchup between Syracuse and Marquette in the "Elite Eight" round of the March Madness tournament.

- CNN's Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Patrick in Wisconsin

    So? I attended Church last night. Why is this news?

    March 31, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    Where are the posts about Obama wasting time and money and the costs of the presidential and security guards for the first Family, or the posts bout his sectarian supports or views due to his middle name, and maybe the other unspeakable cause for the complaints
    George Bush spent more time at his crawford ranch in his first 5 years big time more than Obama.
    Get real GOP if its Ok for senators and representatives to go home for the weekend, or even not but play golf or do whatever sport they choose like huntin' or fishin ala cheney. These gop rants are just that. presidents are deemed to need ( and family) a constant permanent security guard ( also family members) that said stop this ridiculous fake outrage because he plays golf wherever, every president gets the same protection wherever he chooses to take " personal time" and airforce one takes him there.
    Media supporting Gop vs Democrat president or vice versa at this level demeans not only the media and the people making the " nonsense complaints."
    Its that kind of political stupidity that leads to the low opinion of congress.

    March 31, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Sydney Trapp, 6, Plays Violin For Michelle Obama During Surprise Visit (VIDEO)

    March 31, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    @Hodgson: Thank you for your post!

    March 31, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Liar

    Another pathetic photo OP.

    March 31, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    All Obama haters who still claim the president is a Moslem should take notice of the news story. President Obama and family attended a Christian Espiscopal Church for Easter services.

    March 31, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Here is a nice family going to church services like any other christian family. Why are the right wingnuts so evil and hostile to The Obamas? Is it because they are black? Yes, I think so.

    March 31, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. DorisV

    It is Easter. Wish the negative people would take the day off from their nasty comments. Obama is the president and what he does is covered by the media. Happy Holidays to eveeryone!!

    March 31, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Bobson

    Worshipping God is a religious obligation for everyone. This is what Obama & family demonstrated: that matter who you are or what you are, we are all equal before and must worship Him truely. Barack Obama is a great inspiration, a great leader.

    March 31, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. leegull

    Patrick. Why did you post you attended Church last night? It's not news.

    March 31, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  11. Larry L


    Worshipping God is a religious obligation for everyone.
    Correction: Worshiping God is a fear-based compulsion practiced by those who still believe the unfounded religious mythology from the geographic region where they were raised. Freedom of religion also means freedom FROM religion – a constitutional right often forgotten by religious fundamentalists.

    March 31, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  12. NameEunice

    You have a long way to go

    March 31, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  13. plain&simple

    The church Obama and family attended have women priests,gay and lesbian priests and are very current in their views. Good Mr President and family!!! There is a loving God....who accepts ALL who love and worship him/her.

    March 31, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  14. The REAL TRUTH...

    @Patrick in Wisconsin – So? I attended Church last night. Why is this news?
    Because he's the POTUS and the Lord knows that the petty little red-state lemmings need some daily hate on which to feed. QED.

    March 31, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  15. Jay

    As much as I dislike President Obama I gained more respect for him when I read this. He is demonstrating a good,American, and moral thing, showing and celebrating his faith. Showing no matter who you are, hight power or covilian, we can al come together and express our faith.

    March 31, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  16. Sam

    Yo jeff brown we dont hate obama cause he black we dont like his ideas like supporting gays higher taxes spends way too much and wants to kept growing the goverment to we r commist how can a true christian support gays??

    March 31, 2013 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  17. bassman

    What CNN does not want you to read is the hatred that came from the pulpit why Pres.Obama was there. Here is what the Pastor said: "You can't go back, you can't live in the past," he added. "It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling people back...for Blacks to be back in the back of the bus, for women to be back in the kitchen, for gays to be in the closet and for immigrants to be on their side of the border."

    Imagine that George Bush were attending Easter services, and the Pastor included remarks that used language like "captains of the religious left" followed by inflammatory, dehumanizing lies.

    The explosion of outrage in the media and from every corner of the liberal establishment would be deafening. It would be above-the-fold New York Times, and Bush would be riddled with demands to refute the statements.

    Everyone at MSNBC, Media Matters, Huffington Post, Salon, ad nauseam would be accusing the administration of giving the green light to such divisive, shameful rhetoric.

    March 31, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  18. Len

    We are really a racist country......Ever since President Obama took office, we allowed the racist to take over.

    March 31, 2013 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  19. jerty

    I guess his church endorses gay marriage and abortion......

    April 1, 2013 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  20. Woman In California

    This is a very special and respectful time for those of us who consider ourselves Christians.

    Happy Easter everyone and the First Family.

    April 1, 2013 12:18 am at 12:18 am |