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Obama gets more summer reading from religious leaders

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(Read caption) President Obama meets with (from left) Sen. Harry Reid; Joshua DuBois, director of the White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships; LDS Church president Thomas Monson; and Elder Dallin Oaks in the Oval Office on Monday. During the meeting, they looked at a five-volume genealogy prepared by the church's Family History Committee.

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Tucked into President Obama’s jam-packed schedule Monday sat this little item: “1:30PM, THE PRESIDENT meets with Senate Majority Leader Reid and Latter-Day Saints Church President Monson, Oval Office, Closed Press.”

And, as with his recent meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican, Mr. Obama received some heavy-duty reading material to fill his spare time – in this case, five leather-bound volumes detailing his family history, according to published reports. We don’t think they included a copy of Obama’s birth certificate, which remains a hot topic among some of his fringe opponents. (If you don't know about this, Google "Obama birth certificate.")

Obama sounded pleased with the gift. After the meeting with both Mormon Church President Thomas Monson and Elder Dallin Oaks, the president issued the following statement:

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