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The annual National Prayer Breakfast was held Thursday morning at the Hilton Washington International Ballroom in Washington, D.C. The annual event, first established by President Eisenhower in 1953, gathers a bipartisan group of political and religious leaders, as well as a diverse group of activists, to pray for America. Although the event is inclusive of many faiths, it is hosted by a Christian organization and calls for leaders to gather “to come together under the leadership example of Jesus.”
President Obama delivered an address on the role of religion in America, as well as how spirituality shapes his life.
“We come together because we’re a people of faith,” Obama said. We know that faith is something that must be cultivated. Faith is not a possession. Faith is a process.”
“As Christians we place our faith in the nail-scarred hands of Jesus Christ. But so many other Americans also know the close embrace of faith: Muslims and Jews, Hindus and Sikhs, and all Americans whether religious or secular have a deep abiding faith in this nation.”
Also mentioned during the speech was the departure of Joshua DuBois from the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
President Obama speaks at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on Feb. 2, 2012. Obama said his Christian faith and Biblical teachings guide his political values and economic policies.