Obama Attends Nat'l Prayer Service

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2009 10:35 AM CST
President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, his wife Jill, Bill Clinton, and Hillary Rodham Clinton attend a prayer service at Washington National Cathedral, Jan. 21, 2009.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Barack and Michelle Obama attended the traditional prayer service at the National Cathedral this morning, the AP reports, a custom dating back to the nation's first president. The newly-minted president sat in the front pew along with Joe and Jill Biden and Bill and Hillary Clinton for a rousing service, which included prayers, hymns, and readings from a variety of faiths and denominations. The service was led by a woman for the first time.