So it was a notable shift when Obama went deeply devout for last week’s National Prayer Breakfast, telling attendees the role daily prayer plays in his life.
“When I wake in the morning, I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to give me the strength to do right by our country and its people,” Obama said.
“And when I go to bed at night, I wait on the Lord, and I ask Him to forgive me my sins, and look after my family and the American people, and make me an instrument of His will.”
A cynical interpretation would note Obama’s intensely religious rhetoric — even for a prayerful event — coincides with the unofficial start of the presidential campaign season.
At the same time, Obama talked frankly about his family’s “certain skepticism” about organized religion, and noted his father was “a nonbeliever.” Obama’s own path to religion was through the civil rights movement.