Heads Up: The Obamas and Bidens attend National Prayer Service

10:45 am: President Obama, VP Biden, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden attend the National Prayer Service

C-Span * CNN * CBS

Live streaming has started at CBS and CNN, and is due to start at 10:0 at C-Span – although, according to the schedule, the service is not due to start until 10:45.

145 Responses to “Heads Up: The Obamas and Bidens attend National Prayer Service”

  1. 1 kathryn kivett
    January 22, 2013 at 9:54 am

    thanks! and good morning

  2. 3 No Child Left Behind
    January 22, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Proud to say that one of the pastors is my boss, The Rev. Katharine Jefferts-Schori.

  3. 4 No Child Left Behind
    January 22, 2013 at 9:54 am

    And a very gppd morning to all!

    • 9 AJ
      January 22, 2013 at 10:32 am

      hopefruit, thanks for this….great to is PBO’s sister, brother in law and neice in the row behind the girls. Fabulous stuff!

    • 11 daisydem
      January 22, 2013 at 10:35 am

      Fun stuff … they are awesome young ladies; I look for more cool pics of them for the next four years … they are just so real, but so polite and well behaved … they have such decorum and yet can still do things to remind us they are in their teen years! And … they really, really love their Dad!

    • 12 TrumpDog
      January 22, 2013 at 10:39 am

      I totally want that frog phone cover. Me and my old ass.

    • 13 anniebella
      January 22, 2013 at 1:11 pm

      Love the pictures of the First daughters. I think we can see that POTUS and FLOTUS are doing a wonderful job raising them.

  4. 14 Pamela
    January 22, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Amen. Morning all. Chipsticks, did you sleep? 🙂

  5. 15 relellit
    January 22, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I had to drag this over.

    Chips thank you so much for yesterday. I feel like a million dollars.

    We have the best President in the world!!!!

    Everybody have a glorious day. 🙂

    • 17 TrumpDog
      January 22, 2013 at 10:17 am

      Were the captions meant to be snide? Seemed to be very sarcastic.

      • 18 No Child Left Behind
        January 22, 2013 at 10:24 am

        There were many funny captions. Nothing sarcastic at all. Actually flattering to Beyoncé who deserves it.

        • 19 TrumpDog
          January 22, 2013 at 10:38 am

          I didn’t think so. I found them sarcastic and snide but whatever.
          Thank for posting.

          • 20 No Child Left Behind
            January 22, 2013 at 10:58 am

            My son and I love her. I would not post anything to diss or attack her. She is such a beautiful soul besides being a beautiful lady. Moreover, anybody that loves the obamas has my affection.

        • 21 daisydem
          January 22, 2013 at 10:48 am

          Beyonce seems to be another one who just exudes love. And obviously those around her yesterday was feeling it! Wow! I love it.

      • 22 daisydem
        January 22, 2013 at 10:47 am

        No, I don’t think they are sarcastic … whoever compiled those pics and captions is seriously in love with her too. That is how I read it. And by the time I got through the pics, I think I am in love with her too! I saw that the first person she gravitated towards upon arrival was Michelle Obama and the hugs and kisses they gave each other were genuinely filled with love.

        • 23 prettyfoot58
          January 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm

          In My Opinion….
          i read the captions …i do not think meant they were to be flattering…i did not like them….they were sarcastic and mean spirited

          • 24 TrumpDog
            January 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm

            Glad I’m not the only one.
            Reminded me of someone saying something mean spirited under the guise of being flattering.

  6. 26 donna dem 4 obama
    January 22, 2013 at 10:13 am

    No matter what Michelle Obama wore to the Inauguration, it’s no surprise: it would only be a matter of minutes till it sold out.

    Mrs. Obama’s big-day wardrobe featured accessories that are accessible to everyday Americans. Her Thom Browne jacket and dress were matched with a pair of J.Crew heels for a religious service in the morning, and were later transitioned for the official ceremony with the addition of a jeweled belt by the preppy retailer. The Obama’s elder daughter, Malia also wore J.Crew, personalizing the brand’s Lady Day Coat by switching out its buttons. Eric Wilson of the The New York Times tweeted that Malia’s coat was actually purchased off-the-rack.

    In fact, all of the Obama’s J.Crew finery was on store racks this morning—but that’s not the case anymore.


    • January 22, 2013 at 10:16 am

      I LOVE that they inspire people to make great purchases and stimulate our economy.

      I must confess I did some fierce shopping online yesterday in celebration of the Inauguration. Ha!

    • January 22, 2013 at 10:17 am

      Donna, how you are you doing?

      • 29 donna dem 4 obama
        January 22, 2013 at 10:22 am

        I had been feeling great but I tried to go to work today but this ole body isn’t having it. 😉 Instead I’m gonna lay right on this sofa. I was in all day yesterday but I think all that walking and excitement this weekend has caught up with me. I am going to do NOTHING today! Work can wait until tomorrow. Thanks for asking. I’m sure I’ll be fine tomorrow.

    • 35 hopefruit2
      January 22, 2013 at 10:24 am


      “Malia’s $325 wool-blend coat in ‘fresh plum’ is only now available in a size zero.”

      Guess we’re going to have to join weight watchers to be able to buy that last coat.

    • 36 TrumpDog
      January 22, 2013 at 10:36 am

      I thought both the girls’ coats were J Crew.
      (I’m totally a J Crew fan)

      Both looked great. Loved those colors.

      What I want to know is how people are able to figure out who designed the belts and shoes. Some folks are incredibly good at spotting and naming them.

    • 37 utaustinliberal
      January 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      The power of First Lady Michelle Obama. Love it. She’s a one-woman stimulus.

  7. January 22, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Filibuster reform today Only in the Senate, it has to be passed Today!!
    Do you think it will, or has that gone by the wayside?

    • 39 hopefruit2
      January 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

      Let’s see what Dirty Harry does. What happens if it doesn’t pass today?

    • 40 Vicki
      January 22, 2013 at 11:08 am

      I think it will pass. My read on the hemming and hawing from harry reid is that he is making an effort to deflect criticism and lobbying before the vote.
      But then, I am an optimist.

  8. January 22, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Chips…Hope you are able to add to the post…

  9. 42 hopefruit2
    January 22, 2013 at 10:30 am

    CSPAN 3 TV is also carrying the service live from 10:30AM.

  10. 43 prettyfoot58
    January 22, 2013 at 10:33 am

  11. 44 amk for obama
    January 22, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Chips, weren’t you given two days of leave of absence?

  12. 45 anniebella
    January 22, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Are the President and First Lady already there? The Bidens too.

    • 48 PoliticalJunkessa
      January 22, 2013 at 11:02 am

      Donna! I got to go to the Inauguration with VC due to the Ceremony tickets you provided. Thank you sooooooooo much, Darling! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

      Will be back later with a report but I’m pooped. I didn’t get back to Richmond until after midnight and I am barely present for work today. I look forward to catching up on all of yesterday’s posts and comments. What a lovely day, both in D.C. and here at TOD. *pinches self and sings Beyonce’s “I Was Heeeeeeeere!”*

      See ya later, folks!

      • 49 donna dem 4 obama
        January 22, 2013 at 11:13 am

        I was soooo hoping that you would be able to go PJ. You have made my day. Looking forward to reading all about it.

      • 50 Pamela
        January 22, 2013 at 11:47 am

        Now, there is a fantastically exciting report to look forward to: PJ & VC, together in DC! amk, can you imagine? Bye y’all, I’m going to work today for a few hours, also interviewing a new family for care. I really must start ramping back towards full time, even tho I don’t feel quite ready. Love you all. Chipsticks, thank you thank you. Very happy DD4O is resting, hope our Chips can manage at least a nap today! 🙂

    • 51 nathkatun7
      January 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      Donna, I hope you are feeling better. Thanks for sharing the link to the inaugural-Prayer Service for some of us who missed it. That was the most beautiful service I’ve ever seen. The pastor from Kansas city preached a righteous sermon. If we had serious media they would re-air this in prime-time so that most Americans would see the beauty of diversity and the importance of bringing together people of all faiths to share the central message they have in common.

  13. January 22, 2013 at 10:43 am

    All the deets on the WH after-party:

    Obama inauguration 2013: Barack and Michelle attend inaugural ball at Washington Convention Center

    http://bit.ly/VgQgC5 via @MailOnline

  14. 55 Bill R.
    January 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Great photos from yesterday and the weekend: http://michellepictures.com/

  15. 56 donna dem 4 obama
    January 22, 2013 at 11:00 am

    The First Family has arrived. Mrs O looks stunning!!!!

  16. 58 No Child Left Behind
    January 22, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Has anyone read that my boss is the pastor in chief? The Rev. Katharine Jefferts-Schori? I will ask her tomorrow for her insight of the couple. So proud of her. I thought she might have been asked to give the benediction.

  17. 60 amk for obama
    January 22, 2013 at 11:03 am

  18. January 22, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Wow, Michelle looks beautiful!!!

    Back in a bit!

  19. 64 Lovepolitics2008
    January 22, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Good morning everyone !

    Still in la la land over yesterday. Chips, I just saw your previous post and can I just say YOU ARE THE BEST ! Thank you so much !!

    Thinking about the inaugural speech, am I the only one surprised by the fact that no pundit, no newspaper has put emphasis on the words “WE THE PEOPLE”, that the president used repeatedly in his speech? The expression was evidently intended to represent what his agenda was all about….Watching the speech live, I couldn’t help thinking this was an echo to his “YES WE CAN” from the first campaign. I was almost sure to see some newspapers putting “WE THE PEOPLE” on their front page this morning…

  20. 65 Sweet peg
    January 22, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Michelle looks great in her off white suit

  21. 67 mtmarilyn
    January 22, 2013 at 11:07 am

    This is so beautiful seeing all the faiths together is so emotional.

  22. 68 donna dem 4 obama
    January 22, 2013 at 11:11 am

    I must add in regards to FLOTUS attire yesterday I have to say that those custom made boots that she wore to the parade were hip, trendy and oh so incredibly spectacular. The Washington Post has a full color spread of the Inauguration and you get a really good look at the suede/leather lovelies.

  23. 73 Bill R.
    January 22, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Lovely uplifting young faces in the children, young people of the Gospel Choir.

  24. 74 donna dem 4 obama
    January 22, 2013 at 11:35 am

    The First Family was cleary moved by those beautiful voices.

  25. 75 No Child Left Behind
    January 22, 2013 at 11:36 am

    A teary-eyed Michelle got a kiss from her hubby. How nice they look! And the lucky woman!!!

  26. January 22, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I love this service. Just beautiful

  27. January 22, 2013 at 11:38 am

  28. 82 donna dem 4 obama
    January 22, 2013 at 11:49 am

    It sounds like FLOTUS, POTUS and their guest had a blast at the after party last night 😉

    • 83 utaustinliberal
      January 22, 2013 at 11:56 am

      Wow. Nice. I’m so glad the First Family really decided to enjoy the heck out of all the inaugural festivities.

    • 84 anniebella
      January 22, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      We tried telling you that Kelly Clarkson when you were talking about supporting Ron Paul. We have a wonderful First Lady and President. And VP and Second Lady. So glad you saw the light. We have a seriously cool First Lady. Kelly did a great song in singing at the Inauguration.

  29. 85 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 22, 2013 at 11:52 am

  30. 88 mtmarilyn
    January 22, 2013 at 11:55 am

    This man chosen to give the sermon is saying words for all of us.

  31. 91 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 22, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Not sure why tweet did post correctly. Link for .pdf of Prayer Service Program — https://pursuant.s3.amazonaws.com/2013/WNC/inauguration/downloads/2013_PIPS.pdf

  32. 94 anniebella
    January 22, 2013 at 11:57 am

    What the Preacher said to POTUS, VP Biden, First Lady, Dr. Biden was real nice.

  33. January 22, 2013 at 11:58 am

    High turnout in the Israeli elections. Just like here, that’s good news for the left and center. Hopefully we’re in for a surprise later.

  34. 99 donna dem 4 obama
    January 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    This Minister is incredible. He told the President that he was gifted and should have been a preacher 🙂

    That was an awesome moment.

  35. January 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    WOW, this is choking me up.

  36. 103 No Child Left Behind
    January 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    The preacher said, as he was preparing his sermon, he was thinking about what to say. He said he believes that most people seek public office for one of three reasons.

    1) because they want power and feel important
    2) or because they are a little koukou in their heads; or
    3) because they really want to make a (positive) difference for people.

    Very truthful words. If I may add, McCain falls into the 1st category. We all know that BO falls into the 3rd one as said by the Preacher. Where does Mitt Romney fit? You guessed it: in section 2.

    Thank You Lord for the result of the presidential election.

    May you bless abundantly our President and those that work with him.

  37. 105 Cman
    January 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Ok, I love the preacher. He is too awesome.

    • 106 donna dem 4 obama
      January 22, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      I so wish more Preachers would speak out like THIS!!!

      • 107 No Child Left Behind
        January 22, 2013 at 12:08 pm

        I am not making any advertisement here. But the Episcopal Church is the right place for tolerance, inclusiveness, fabulous music and good preaching.

        Besides it is a church that accepts you the way you are, that is not seeking to overhaul you and make something of you God didn’t intend to.

        It is a very attractive church.

        • January 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm

          Truly evident today. WOW.

        • January 22, 2013 at 12:14 pm

          Our specific church — United Methodist — fits that description….not the case for many, or most UMC’s.

        • 112 daisydem
          January 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

          Yes, it is No Child Left Behind. I was raised Southern Baptist, my husband was raised Catholic. After many years in our marriage of attending no church (we each had grown away from our respective churches) we found the Episcopal Church and have been very happy. Of course our educations in British Literature, being so influenced by the Church of England, probably paved the way for our thinking.

          • 113 No Child Left Behind
            January 22, 2013 at 12:37 pm

            Indeed. Though not born an Episcopalian, I have enjoyed attending their services whenever I can. And the more I read about the history of the church, the more liking I took to it. No church is perfect. However, once I learned that it was the first chuch that allowed slaves to sit in the pews, my appreciation grew.

        • 114 donna dem 4 obama
          January 22, 2013 at 12:32 pm

          It certainly is!

  38. January 22, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    That was a MUST SEE sermon, truly magnificent and humble all the same. Extraordinary for our POTUS to receive this.

  39. 116 donna dem 4 obama
    January 22, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    This is so moving….!!!!

  40. 117 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 22, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    “I Believe” is one of my favorite songs. Sang this at my 8th grade graduation. Of course, I didn’t sing anywhere as well as Wintly Phipps.

  41. 118 Lovepolitics2008
    January 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Wow, what a moving speech by that preacher.

  42. 119 No Child Left Behind
    January 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I believe. What a beautiful rendition.

  43. 120 yardarm756
    January 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    WINTLEY PHIPPS is singing ‘i BELIEVE” at the prayer breakfast. Awesome sauce.

  44. 121 No Child Left Behind
    January 22, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Bishop Katharine now praying.

  45. January 22, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    What an enormous gift to our President Obama today.

  46. 123 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    January 22, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    GWB’s Pastor.

  47. January 22, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Back soon:

  48. 125 NurseShar
    January 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I am overjoyed and in tears watching this service. So inspirational!

    • 126 No Child Left Behind
      January 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm

      Plenty others too.

    • 127 anameti
      January 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      The service is indeed inspirational. I could not hold back tears when the preacher thanked the president for all he has given up to lead our country.

      • 128 Ines
        January 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm

        Hi! I am coming out of lurking. Thank you Chip for your amazing coverage 🙂 I sort of lost my way to God and this First family inspired me to try and find it again 🙂 I was wondering if anyone knew where to watch this service again? Would it be on c-span?

  49. 129 hopefruit2
    January 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    WOW…I missed a greater part of the service but looks like it was extremely good and moving.

  50. 130 Andy46
    January 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Hello TOD

    Coming out of lurking….Just wanted to add a big THANK YOU!!! to Chipsticks

    THANK YOU for all you do here…I was at work yesterday and unable to watch President Obama’s Inauguration live on television…
    but thanks to you and this Awesome Blog and the community you have created here I could
    tune in on my Blackberry during my lunch break and catch-up.

    Thank You!!! Thank You!!! Thank You!!!

  51. 131 anniebella
    January 22, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    This was a very nice church service today.

  52. 133 cookemom
    January 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Yo, ho, ho O’s!!!!!!! If it ain’t just a great gettin up day this fine morning!!!!! Miss Chips I’d imagine you too pooped to pop today. But nooooooo, here you are greeting the dawn with the most wonderfulest, magnificantest, lip-smacking goodest, stuffs one could possibly hope to read.

    I have hereby dubbed you ‘Madam All Things to All O’s and Then Some’

    PS: It looks like while I was busy putting my kudos to Chips together, I missed the whole prayer service. Oh well, I’ll catch it on CSPAN.

  53. 134 hopefruit2
    January 22, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    What was the name of the last song that they sang/played? I loved it and enjoyed the accompaniment.

  54. 142 Japa21
    January 22, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I can’t believe they let a Kenyan, Muslim socialist into the church. What is this world coming to? 😉

  55. 144 kathryn kivett
    January 22, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    If you were not moved by that service, I don’t think there is much hope for you….SHAME on the television industry for not broadcasting that on every channel available…SHAME on the members of Congress and Senate that did not attend…That does not mean that I am putting anyone down that has no religious beliefs b/c I am not….this service, yes was about higher powers, but it also was about PEACE and UNDERSTANDING….and however you get there is your personal choice….These religious leaders, at this service, really get PBO……….and yes, I am another Episcopalian…born and reared………………………………………………..now to my shallow self……that was the most dynamite outfit that Michelle has worn IMO….she was just ELEGANT and I love her hair back….I can see her gorgeous face…..and I predict that those bangs will be shortlived….so hard to take care of…been there, done that…

    • 145 HZ
      January 23, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      The service was beautiful. The President and First Lady were very moved during this service. For those who did not get the meaning of the three songs performed by the Children Gospel Choir missed the ENTIRE meaning of the Inaugural Prayer Service.

      Plus, the person speaking of the First Lady crying missed the lyrics and the emotional rendition by those young people in that choir had a perfect meaning and message to POB and and his presidency thus far and even moving forward. Lyrics were the most appropriate for what POB and his Administration has gone through and the promise of the message of the song was one of encouragement to President Obama. It spoke to the president and the First Lady. “Lord, I Am Determined To Go On” no matter what the people who hate me, dislike me, given me hell, will not break me. Do some research on gospel songs please.

      And please do not bring the disrespectful speculations to this site about all of this crap about POB and the First Lady. I find it such a waste of precious time and gossip in the wildest manner. None of us were there at the luncheon at that table. Stop this crap.HZ

Comments are currently closed.







Enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts by email.



RSS Obama White House.gov

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS WH Tumblr

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

RSS Steve Benen

  • Death toll soars past 5,000 in Turkey and Syria after powerful quake
  • 'Some Like It Hot' heats up Broadway
  • Attorney Mark Pomerantz confident Trump book not interfering with investigation
  • Donna Kelce: Having both sons play in Super Bowl like winning the lottery
  • Chris Matthews: Biden has an audience tonight, and he needs to use it



Blog Stats

  • 43,332,268 hits

%d bloggers like this: