U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama gathered in Washington with top leaders Thursday for the annual National Prayer Breakfast.
In his speech, President Obama stressed that God can play a critical role in everyone’s life, no matter one’s religious beliefs. He said all people can benefit by listening to “our creator” and avoiding “phony religiosity.”
Mr. Obama said in moments of prayer, he is reminded that faith and values play a large role in solving some of the most urgent problems the United States faces. He said if people leave their values behind, they abandon much of the “moral glue” that has held the U.S. together for centuries.
Vice President Joe Biden was in attendance, along with several top lawmakers and one of the most famous players last season in U.S. college football, Baylor University quarterback Robert Griffin the third.
The National Prayer Breakfast is hosted by members of the Senate and House of Representatives who meet each week for prayer on Capitol Hill.
Every U.S. president has attended the event since it began in the 1953. Guests have come from some 130 countries, and the guest list often includes foreign dignitaries and celebrities. Mother Teresa, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and musician Bono have all attended the event.