President Obama speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast on February 7, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama spoke at the annual National Prayer Breakfast this morning (February 7) where he called on leaders to exercise humility and come together for the sake of the nation.
“Those of us with the most power and influence must be the most humble,” President Obama said.
In discussing his faith at the bi-partisan breakfast, President Obama made a call for humility, saying it’s a trait Washington, D.C. could embrace more fully.
“In a democracy as big and as diverse as ours, we will encounter every opinion,” he said. “And our task as citizens — whether we are leaders in government or business or spreading the word — is to spend our days with open hearts and open minds; to seek out the truth that exists in an opposing view and to find the common ground that allows for us as a nation, as a people, to take real and meaningful action. And we have to do that humbly, for no one can know the full and encompassing mind of God. And we have to do it every day, not just at a prayer breakfast.”
This was President Obama’s fifth appearance at the National Prayer Breakfast.