(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., on Thursday said he often searches scripture “to figure out” how to be a better man and president.
“Sometimes I search scripture to determine how best to balance life as a president and as a husband and as a father. I often search for scripture to figure out how I can be a better man as well as a better president,” Obama said.
The president said he often searches “for the words to console the inconsolable.”
“And most of all I know that all Americans, men and women of different faiths, and yes those of no faith that they can name are nevertheless joined together in common purpose, believing in something that is bigger than ourselves and the ideals that lie at the heart of our nation’s founding that as a people we are bound together,” Obama said.
Obama suggested that those “with the most power and influence need to be the most humble.”
This is the president’s fifth prayer breakfast. The National Prayer Breakfast began in 1953 and is a series of meetings, luncheons and dinners. Every president since Dwight Eisenhower has taken part in the event.