January 13th, 2009
03:58 PM ET

Barack Obama: Faith and Community

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Eboo Patel
On Faith

George Stephanopolous revealed his roots as a preacher's son when he asked President-elect Barack Obama if he missed being a part of a faith community.

Obama's answer revealed his roots in the south side of Chicago.

After a brief reference to his own spirituality, Obama went straight into the community dimension of religion, pointing out that DC (like Chicago) is really two cities – one for the well-heeled people who work in government and government-related industries, and the other for everyone else, including some of the poorest people in America. He wanted those two cities more involved with one another.

When it comes to faith, Obama's first instinct is to respond by trying to bridge communities.


Filed under: Barack Obama • Faith • Religion
soundoff (One Response)
  1. xtina, chicago IL

    Wait, I thought liberal Democrats DON'T WANT faith to play a part in the federal government. ??

    January 13, 2009 at 4:44 pm |