Obama attends Easter services at personally important Baptist church


WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama attended Easter services at the 19th Street Baptist Church on Sunday, a house of worship that he visited the Sunday before he was first inaugurated President in 2009.

There were a number of similarities between Obama’s 2009 and 2014 appearances at the historic Baptist church, including the Reverend Dr. Derrick Harkins, who oversaw both services.

“Let me just say, to the first family, to the President of the United States, Barack Obama, to the first lady of the United States, and Miss Malia and Sasha, we welcome you,” Harkins said on Sunday, according to a pool reporter at the service.

Harkins instructed worshipers to welcome the opportunity to “surround” the Obama family with “prayers … [they] certainly deserve.”

The congregation then stood and applauded the Obamas, something worshipers did in 2009 as the then-President-elect and his family entered the church. When worshipers were asked…

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