President Obama, addressing the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday for the fifth time in his tenure, was by turns humorous and personal, emphasizing the need to face vexing problems with humility.
President Obama, in remarks by turns humorous and personal, emphasized the need to prolong a spirit of goodwill in Washington and to face vexing problems with humility, during an address at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning.
Mr. Obama, speaking at the annual breakfast for the fifth time in his presidency, began with humorous remarks about his family, in response to an introduction by event co-chairman Sen. Mark Pryor (D) of Arkansas. “I thought he was going to talk about my gray hair," the president said. "It is true that my daughters are gorgeous. That's because my wife is gorgeous. And my goal is to improve my gene pool.”
Presidents and leaders of various faiths have been gathering for these breakfasts since 1953. Obama is the 10th in an unbroken line of presidents to attend. But, as he noted, the spirit of bipartisan goodwill apparent at the National Prayer Breakfasts tends to be short-lived.