Meaningless Headline Of The Weekend: Obama Goes To Church

Believe it or not, this was the big news yesterday morning among the chattering classes:

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama and his family attended an hourlong service Sunday morning at a church just across the street from the White House.

Accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Malia and Sasha, Obama strolled across Lafayette Square to attend St. John’s Church. Sasha held her father’s hand as they crossed the park.

Obama has attended the pale yellow Episcopal church three times previously, as well as other churches in the nation’s capital. The Obama family hasn’t settled on a new permanent congregation since coming to Washington.

A pew nine rows back from the altar at St. John’s carries a small brass plaque designating it as “The President’s Pew.” Church history claims that every president since the nation’s fourth chief executive, James Madison, has visited.

Of course, the Associated Press wasn’t quite as mind numbingly stupid as the New York Daily News, which gave us this headline:


How about this for an idea —- who the heck cares if the President goes to church.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. DMan says:

    Don’t you know it’s a Christian country?  If the President doesn’t go to church it’s an attack against those who believe such at least.

  2. MIkeinSA says:

    Not really!  I don’t care if he goes to church, and neither does he, but this is another little show to ensure the semi-right that he isn’t an athiestic antichrist.  I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but this guy doesn’t do ANYTHING that isn’t well thought out, measured and with some political intent! Lookout below!!! There is something else coming!

  3. Hey DMan,

    Ronald Reagan never went to church while he was President.

    Why did The Gipper hate Christians ? And America ?

  4. DMan says:

    Are you implying that Reagan was held to a different standard than Barack Hussein Obama is?