Obamas’ Easter Church Visit: ‘Michelle Blew Kisses From Inside Their Pew’

By Penny Starr | April 21, 2014 | 1:10pm EDT

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama leave the White House to attend church on Easter Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014. (AP)

– President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha attended an Easter service at the 19th Street Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. on Sunday where they greeted members of the congregation, and the first lady blew kisses to the crowd.

“The president and Mrs. Obama greeted everyone they could,” the pool press report stated. “Obama high-fived a baby boy, hugged and kissed women, and Michelle blew kisses from inside their pew.”

The pool press report did not say whether the Rev. Derrick
Harkins mentioned Jesus Christ in his Easter sermon, but it did note that Harkins spoke about people “living in the shadows and the margins,” including “LGBT” people.

The report passed along other details about the Easter
service, including what the Obamas wore and the décor of the church.

“Pool caught a glimpse of Michelle Obama in cream dress and sweater upon departure from North Portico” of the White House, the pool press report stated.

Holy Bible and cross. (AP)

“President, wearing a light khaki suit, is rocking his head back and
forth to the fabulous choir and chewing something,” the pool press report said.  “Malia is wearing spring yellow dress, and Sasha, her hand to her chin, appears to be in pale gray or pale blue.”

The pool report noted that Harkins “prompted standing applause” in welcoming the Obamas.

“The Obamas greeted each other, and the president turned to shake hands behind him with one of a collection of Secret Service agents in the pews,” the pooled report stated. “Then five minutes of crowd crush took place in which every smart phone, iPad and baby came forth.”

The pooled report noted the service was interrupted by one of the churchgoers.

Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, Sasha Obama and Malia Obama. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

“At 11:05 am, an older gentleman stood up from his seat some distance from the president and raised his arm and yelled, ‘God Bless President Obama!’” the report stated. “The worshippers applauded loudly.”

“The president smiled,” read the story.

The White House released information about Obama’s church attendance during his presidency through the pooled report.

“The President and First Family have also enjoyed worshipping with a number of other D.C.-area congregations, including those at the Washington National Cathedral, Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, Shiloh Baptist Church, Zion Baptist Church, St. John's Episcopal Church, and Evergreen Chapel at Camp David,” the White House statement said.

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