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September 27th, 2009
10:57 AM ET
September 27th, 2009
07:54 AM ET

Dear President Obama #251: You've gotta have faith...faith...faith

Reporter's Note: President Obama has often cited his religious faith as a touchstone of his life. He’s not alone in that. Here is my Sunday letter to the White House.

Tom Foreman | Bio
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

How is your spiritual life going these days? I don’t mean to pry, just wondering. People seem so sensitive about such things, I’m not sure you should even answer. If you speak too openly about your faith, you’ll be ripped for mixing politics and religion. If you don’t do it enough, people will say you are faithless.

I mentioned yesterday that I am on a college hunting trip with my elder daughter, and that what has me thinking about this. She wants to go into aerospace engineering so we are looking at a lot of schools with great programs. This weekend it is the University of Colorado and the Air Force Academy. The point is, we are in Colorado, the place where she was born, and as we were planning the trip she had one question before all others: Could we go to our old church?

It meant a lot to me, not because I am over-the-top religious, but because some of the happiest people I’ve ever known have a deep abiding faith that gives them a certain peace of mind no matter what life brings. I can’t ascribe their “sense of well being” to any one denomination or belief set. Some are Christian, some are Jewish, some are Muslim, some are even agnostic and/or atheist. I know: it just got confusing.

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