President Barack Obama and his well-heeled family — first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia and Sasha — attended Sunday’s Easter service at the 19th Street Baptist Church, where he also visited the Sunday before his first inauguration in 2009.
The very Reverend Dr. Derrick Harkins oversaw the service — as he did in 2009.
“Let me just say, to the first family, to the President of the United States, Barack Obama, to the first lady of the United States, and Miss Malia and Sasha, we welcome you,” Harkins said, according to a pool reporter at the service.
According to CNN blog, Harkins instructed worshipers to “surround” the Obama family with “prayers that [they] certainly deserve.”
The congregation then stood and applauded politely for the Obamas. The difference this time being the congregation had to be asked to applaud the Obamas, whereas in 2009 they applauded the Obamas as they entered the church.
It’s no surprise that the love affair between the president and his base supporters is over. Unemployment in the black community is at an all-time high; and ObamaCare, the president’s signature health care law, is being forced down their throats.
Harkins asked God to “Bestow upon [Obama] a wisdom that indeed comes from you … Even yes, when the light of a flame turns into the harsh glare of criticism, tend to his spirit.”
That harsh glare of criticism will only intensify until Obama and his family leave the White House for the final time in 2016.