Obamas to Search for D.C. Church

By Jennifer Parker

Jan 11, 2009 9:23am

It’s been almost a year since Barack Obama delivered his stirring speech on race in Philadelphia following the Rev. Jeremiah Wright controversy.

In part because of the demands of the presidential campaign and the furor surrounding some of Wright’s sermons, Obama and his family stopped worshipping at Chicago’s Holy Trinity Church.

So I asked Obama during our interview, does he miss having a worship community?

"I do and it’s been a difficult time," Obama told me. "Now, I’ve got a wonderful community of people who are praying for me every day, and they call me up and — you know, but it’s not the same as going to church and the choir’s going and you get this feeling."

Obama said he and Michelle will be visiting churches in Washington, D.C.

"One of the things that Michelle and I will be doing is probably visiting some churches and seeing what’s comfortable. It is tougher as president. You know, this is not just an issue of going to church, it’s an issue of going anywhere. You don’t want to subject your fellow church members, the rest of the congregation, to being magged every time you go to church. And so, we’re going to try to be balancing, not being disruptive to the city, but also saying we want to be part of Washington D.C.," he said.

"But one of the things that I don’t like historically about Washington is the way that you’ve got one part of Washington, which is a company town, all about government, and is generally pretty prosperous. And then, you’ve got another half of D.C. that is going through enormous challenges. I want to see if we can bring those two Washington D.C.’s together."

–George Stephanopoulos

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