President Obama took a markedly more political tone in his address at the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning than he did at the same event last year.
The president talked about his public policy stances, including barring health insurance companies from rejecting people with pre-existing conditions and reducing tax breaks for the wealthy, hand-in-hand with his faith, often citing snippets of popular Bible verses.
“[S]o when I talk about our financial institutions playing by the same rules as folks on Main Street…or making sure that unscrupulous lenders aren’t taking advantage of the most vulnerable among us, I do so because I genuinely believe it will make the economy strong for everybody,” Obama said.
“But I also do it because I know that far too many neighbors in our country have been hurt and treated unfairly over the last few years, and I believe in God’s command to ‘love thy neighbor as thyself.'”
Obama’s speech last year was much more about his personal faith and family life. He had shared the previous year about the godmother of his two daughters who helped organize prayer groups for him across the country, and his personal prayer habits. He had also spoke about his non-religious upbringing and how he came to become a Christian, which he mentioned in passing at this year’s event.
In contrast to last year’s personal faith stories, attendees of the 60th National Prayer Breakfast – which takes place 10 months before the presidential election – were treated to Obama’s attempt to make a biblical case for his contentious economic policies.
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You can watch the entire breakfast below: