As President, Barack Obama faces tough choices every day. What should we do about Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons? What’s the best way to kill Somalian pirates? How can I funnel more taxpayer money to my wall street friends? And, um, what’s the President’s church going to be?
White House aides and close friends of the family have been quietly checking out D.C. churches on a shortlist – maybe a dozen in all – and attending services, speaking with pastors, reverends and rectors and reporting back to the Obamas, said one White House source familiar with the search.
Wait a minute, you’re thinking to yourself, it’s already been three months since the inauguration, and he hasn’t chosen a church yet? What the heck is he doing on Sunday mornings? When’s the last time he ate a piece of Jesus? What if he’s … not right with god? Luckily, he’s been getting personalized attention:
Mr. Obama has not attended a public church service since the Sunday before he was inaugurated. But the president has quietly kept up his faith, talking by phone with a handful of evangelical pastors, including Bishop T.D. Jakes and the Rev. Kirbyjon H. Caldwell, both of whom once served as spiritual advisers to former President George W. Bush, and the Rev. Otis Moss Jr., a pillar of the civil rights movement.