If President Obama is praying for guidance on how to handle Syria, he’s not doing it in church, where he has failed to set foot on more than five months.
The president, who on the rare occasions when he does show up in a chapel often makes a high-profile stroll with his family across Lafayette Park from the White House to St. John’s Church, hasn’t been to services since Easter Sunday, March 31.
Obama has found his way to the golf course a couple of times on Sunday since then, although the president generally plays golf on Saturday.
White House aides have insisted in the past that Obama prays with the ardor of an apostle when he’s out of sight for the weekend at Camp David. The only problem with this is that he rarely goes to Camp David. And it’s unlikely he spent much time in the chapel there when he last visited in August, since he had a posse of rowdy friends along that weekend to help him celebrate his birthday.
Obama should have plenty of incentive to make it to St. John’s, since last time he was there the Reverend Dr. Luis León’s sermon echoed of some of the harsh rhetoric the president directs at Republicans.
“It drives me crazy when the captains of the religious right are always calling us back … for blacks to be back in the back of the bus … for women to be back in the kitchen … for immigrants to be back on their side of the border,” said the good Dr. León, who presides over what is known as “The Church of Presidents.”
Here’s some video of the Obamas making their last known pilgrimage to a house of worship.