President Barack Obama gave an unusually personal speech about his religious faith on Thursday, saying that "it is the biblical injunction to serve the least of these that keeps me going and keeps me from being overwhelmed," in address to a prayer breakfast in Washington.
The speech, delivered at the National Prayer Breakfast, comes on the heels of public opinion surveys that show only a minority of Americans know that Obama is a Christian and that a growing number believe he's a Muslim.
"My Christian faith has been sustaining for me over the last couple of years and even more so when Michelle and I hear our faith questioned from time to time," the president said Thursday, referring to his wife. "We are reminded that ultimately what matters is not what other people say about us but that we are true to our conscience and true to our God."
"When I wake in the morning, I wait on the Lord, I ask him to give me the strength to do right by our country and our people," Obama said later. "And when I go to bed at night, I wait on the Lord and I ask him to forgive me my sins and to look after my family and to make me an instrument of the Lord."
The address was televised and streamed live on the White House website.
The White House denied that the speech is a response to public misperceptions about Obama's religion.
I honestly don't know why they bothered to deny that point, because anyone who is dead certain he's a Muslim won't believe it anyway, and the rest of us know better.
Has any President's religious views and faith ever come under attack the way Barack Obama's faith has?
Here's video of his remarks.
Again, Obama has said time and time again that his faith has shaped him. Any Republican, this would be a matter of fact in the court of public opinion, but a Democrat, well...
[UPDATE] What Steve M. said. Obama Derangement Syndrome at its finest.