Major Garrett asked Press Secretary Robert Gibbs about President Obama’s worship habits at today’s White House briefing, with a followup by AURN’s April Ryan:
Major Garrett: The prayer breakfast today reminded me of something the President said during the campaign, that he would hope to or he probably would have a church selected for his and the girls’ and Michelle’s attendance in January. We’re now in June — can you update us on either the President’s churchgoing habits or his process in selecting a church?
MR. GIBBS: I know they’re continuing to look for a permanent place, mindful of many things.
Major Garrett: Such as?
MR. GIBBS: What it does when a President decides to walk out of this building and walk into a different building and disrupt worshippers that are attending for their own personal reasons. I think that is certainly — that’s not an exhaustive list, but certainly one of the things that the President has on his mind about that.
Major Garrett: Anything else that he has on his mind about it?
MR. GIBBS: Yes, I think there’s wanting to ensure that he finds a church that he, Michelle, and the girls feel most comfortable in.
April Ryan: Robert, following on that —
Major Garrett: Does he use the chapel in Camp David?
MR. GIBBS: He does.
April Ryan: Robert, a follow on church?
MR. GIBBS: Sure.
April Ryan: Is the President, since he has not found a church home here in Washington yet, is he — is a minister being brought in to the White House on Sundays to have a service with the family? And is that also happening at Camp David?
MR. GIBBS: Well, as I’ve just said to Major, the President has been and very much enjoys the chapel and the chaplain up at Camp David. I don’t know that anybody has been brought in here.
I tweeted about Major’s question, and I got some interesting reactions. I’m sure there will be much hay to be made on either side on this. Some will roll their eyes and go, “Fox!” I have to admit, I didn’t really know what Major was driving at when he said “Anything else that he has on his mind about it?” Did he think Gibbs would say, “Yeah, he’s looking for one that permits smoking?”
Others might stand in judgment of the President for not having selected a church yet, and for apparently not worshipping when he’s not at Camp David.
Personally, I’m relieved that the President is spending most of his Sundays in the World. We elected a President, not his God. Besides, he can’t be the only one, right? I mean, who’s watching all those Sunday morning talk shows and NFL pre-game shows?