President Obama and his family went to church this Sunday – it happens sometimes – and got a nice plug from the preacher. Maybe he’ll start to go more often.
It sounds like the good reverend is comparing Obama to John the Baptist. I don’t know, it’s a little convoluted. See if you can figure it out.
From the pool report.
At 11:28 a.m.the Rev. Dr. Luis Leon starts his sermon in this church adorned with magnificent stained glass windows everywhere you look. The sermon is about John the Baptist heralding Jesus as the real God.
Priest likens it to a Saturday Night Live show he once attended in New York where Eddie Murphy warmed up the audience before the show. John the Baptist is performing that role. Priest goes on to talk about how we all become quickly disillusioned when things don’t work out as we expect. But that can be a good thing, he said, if we learn to accept reality. John the Baptist was trying to point toward the reality of Jesus as God.
At one point, the priest talks about the expectations placed on Obama when he came into office. Many unfairly expected a messiah that could cure the U.S. of all its problems, and now we see it’s not that easy. “This is not a political diatribe by the way. It’s simply stating the obvious,” he said, sparking laughter among the congregation.
I hope none of this was disconcerting to Mr. and Mrs. Obama. I mean, they’re probably still used to hearing the priest bash the USA.
Here’s a little color, also from the pool report.
At 11:03 a.m., temperature is chilly, but the sky is crystal clear as the smartly dressed first family leaves the White House and start their walk – holding hands – through Lafayette Park toward St. John’s Episcopal Church on 16th Street N.W. Malia especially stands out in pinkish Sunday dress with white trim at the bottom and burgundy leggings. First Lady is wearing beige-looking heavy coat, while Obama’s outfit is his customary dark.
As the Obamas arrive at the church at 11:06, other church goers are backed up in long lines out front as they go through security screening . . .
At 12:04 p.m., the Obamas take communion along with other congregants. By 12:10 p.m., the Obamas are out of the church, smiling and walking back through Lafayette Park to return to the White House.