While presidents regularly issue statements or proclamations on big religious holidays, President Obama didn’t issue one for Easter this year — but the White House said the president did plenty of other things to highlight the day.
Mr. Obama conducted the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, made a public church appearance Sunday, hosted an Easter prayer breakfast last week and mentioned both Easter and Passover in his weekly radio address on Saturday — all of which underscore the importance the president ascribed to the Christian calendar’s holiest day.
“The fact is, the president took his family to church in a very high-profile way to celebrate Easter. I think it was highly visible to most Americans. And he — as a devoted Christian, he believes it’s very important — holiday for him personally, for his family and for Christians around the country,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. [Click here to view video of Carney’s statement.]
Mr. Obama has not issued an Easter proclamation or statement in any of the three Easters he has been in office, breaking with former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, who both issued messages commemorating the day, along with the Jewish feast of Passover.
Mr. Obama did issue a message this year recognizing Passover. In fact, he has used proclamations, messages or statements to recognize a wide range of holidays, including Christmas, Father’s Day, Nowruz (the Persian new year) and the 1915 Armenian genocide.