Washington Post: Prayer service offers prayers “to Obama”

Some 2,200 guests filled the Washington National Cathedral on Tuesday morning for the inaugural prayer service, a tradition as old as the country itself.

The service is meant to provide a spiritual boost to the newly sworn-in president. Prominent national clergy — from the Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Sikh traditions — will offer prayers to Obama, who is accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden and Jill Biden.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Shawn

    What should be shocking to each of us regardless of religious preference is the Wash Post’s choice of wording in the above extract… note the prayers were “to Obama” not “for Obama”. I have to believe this story was properly copy edited by multiple layers of Wash Post editors yet somehow they all missed this simple misuse of one word. Given how offensive the reference is to all Christians, Jews and Muslims, I am surprised the Post has not made the simple change… Maybe their correspondent is clueless about the whole idea behind prayer and to whom we direct our prayers… Or perhaps, it is a Freudian slip by one of our nation’s most read newspapers.

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