President Obama is distancing himself from the National Day of Prayer by nixing a formal early morning service and not attending a large Catholic prayer breakfast the next morning.

All Mr. Obama will do for the National Day of Prayer, which is Thursday, is sign a proclamation honoring the day, which originated in 1952 when Congress set aside the first Thursday in May for the observance.

For the past eight years, President George W. Bush invited selected Christian and Jewish leaders to the White House East Room, where he typically would give a short speech and several leaders offered prayers.

Obama White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday that the president is simply reverting back to pre-Bush administration practice.


White House Says No To Day Of Prayer

Yesterday we learned that President Obama and the White House have decided no to participate in the National Day of Prayer.  This has been something that has been done for a number of years and it is disappointing to see this decision by the Obama administration.  As I look at this choice I am left to ask myself what is to be gained by drawing this line in the sand against the Christian faith.

President Obama presented himself as a man of faith throughout the election process but his choices as President to date have been hostile to Christianity.  In his zeal to appease the enemies of this country he has shown himself to be extremely more secular than candidate Obama.

This is just another sad example of the complete disregard for Judeo-Christian the history of  this country. In my political view there was nothing lost by participating in this event so my only conclusion is that President Obama wants to continue to antagonize people of faith who generally fall right of center on the political spectrum.

President Obama has out kicked his coverage ( to use a football term) on the extremely liberal policies that he has shoved down the throats of the American people.  As we continue to see the socialist/fascist direction of this new government my hope is that those people who voted for Obama will decide that this is not the  "CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE INí that they signed up for!


The Obama administration says it will issue a proclamation marking the National Day of Prayer on Thursday (May 7), but appears to be moving away from the White House ceremonies hosted by former President George W. Bush.

"President Obama is a committed Christian and believes that we should be engaging Americans of faith in efforts to renew our country," a White House official said.

"He is following the tradition of Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush and others by signing a proclamation honoring the National Day of Prayer, while continuing to work with communities of faith to improve our country."

See our earlier story: Politics overshadow Day of Prayer events

During Bush's eight years in office, prominent evangelicals, including National Day of Prayer Task Force chairman Shirley Dobson, and her husband, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson, gathered each year for an East Room ceremony on the first Thursday in May.

"We are disappointed in the lack of participation by the Obama administration," Shirley Dobson said in a statement issued by the task force on Monday. "At this time in our country's history, we would hope our president would recognize more fully the importance of prayer."

This year, task force organizers went ahead with their own plans and scheduled their traditional morning ceremonies on Capitol Hill for the morning, the same time of day when past White House events had been held. They asked for a White House representative to attend but had not received a response as of Monday.

At his press briefing on Friday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the president's upcoming plans included signing a proclamation to recognize the prayer day.

The National Day of Prayer was signed into law in 1952 by President Truman. President Reagan amended the law in 1988 to state that the observances would be held the first Thursday in May. (Religion News Service, Washington)