In response to questions aboard Air Force One today about a new poll showing a fifth of Americans believe Obama is a Muslim and almost half say they don’t know what religion he is, White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton forcefully presented Obama as a pious Christian.
“The president is a Christian. He prays every day,” Burton said, before delving deeper into Obama’s regular – albeit publicly invisible – rites of observance.
He communicates with his religious advisor every single day. There’s a group of pastors that he takes counsel from on a regular basis. And his faith is very important to him, but it’s not something that is a topic of conversation every single day . . . the President’s top priority here isn’t making sure that Americans know what a devout Christian he is, it’s making sure that we’re getting the economy on track and we’re creating jobs in this country.
Burton said Obama will discuss his religion at some point in the future.
“You can bet that he will,” Burton said.
The poll was conducted even before Obama said last Friday that Muslims have a “right” to build the Ground Zero mosque, something which might add to the perception he is Muslim.
The president rarely goes to church, though aides say he regularly attends services privately at Camp David. But he rarely goes to Camp David.