Clergy Lobby Obama to Protect the Poor

Clergy Lobby Obama to Protect the Poor

07-28-2011
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Clergy who typically try to stay as far away from politics as possible are now doing their best to get involved,one Obama Administration official tells Beltway Buzz.

Last week President Obama's "Circle of Protection," a group of pastors and leaders from across the country, met with him at the White House to discuss the debt ceiling debate and upcoming budget battle, which is guaranteed to make the debt ceiling talks feel like 'the good 'ole days.'

Many in the "circle" are concerned about entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicaid getting "gutted" by Republican lawmakers bent on cutting spending and the size of government.

According to one official, at their meeting last week, members of the "circle" asked President Obama if they could pray with him.

The president said, "I hope you're already praying for me."

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