Obamas Miss Out On Religious Services in Hawaii

December 26, 2008

obama-family.3.jpgBarack Obama has long stressed the importance of religion in his life. But as his fellow Christians around the world attended Christmas services on Wednesday and Thursday, the president-elect and his family remained sequestered at their vacation compound on the windward coast of Oahu.

His lack of attendance at formal religious services was obvious and showcased a dilemma faced by Obama, who is between churches and often also expresses concern about bringing the disruption of his security detail into the lives of others.
Still, he has not attended a public church service since before being elected, a departure from the actions of his two immediate predecessors.
“The president-elect didn’t want to disrupt a church community on Christmas with the burdens that come with a presidential visit,” Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said Thursday.
To seek church in D.C.
Aides said the Obama family celebrated Christmas Day by opening presents at their vacation rental compound in Kailua. Dinner included turkey and ham.
Earlier this week, Obama did visit a church when he attended a private memorial service for his grandmother, who died less than two days before the election at the age of 86. The service for Madelyn Dunham was held at the First Unitarian Church, a congregation here that made national news in 1969 when it offered sanctuary to dissident servicemen protesting the Vietnam War.
In a Chicago Tribune interview this month, Obama said his family plans to find a home church in Washington, although no selection has yet been made.
“We frankly haven’t thought about it yet because right now we’re just trying to make sure that we don’t lose anything in the move, including our children,” he said.
Source: Houston Chronicle

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