Obama Picks a Church: Camp David's

Prez dodges crowds at non-denominational site
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2009 11:25 AM CDT
President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughter Malia walk across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, after their return from Camp David on Sunday, March 8, 2009.    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – Though they were sought by most parishes inside the Beltway, the Obamas have chosen Camp David's nondenominational chapel for their place of worship, Time reports. The decision follows in the footsteps of President Obama's predecessor in opting for a more private churchgoing experience—especially after throngs arrived hours early to a Washington service he attended in January. The White House disputes the Time piece, CBN notes, saying the Obamas “continue to look for a church home.”

George W. Bush spent each Christmas he was in office at Camp David’s Evergreen Chapel, a 150-seat church which typically draws 50 to 70 people from the site's military and staff for weekly Christian services. Its current chaplain is the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s “polar opposite,” Time notes. Lieutenant Carey Cash, from Memphis, is a Southern Baptist and Johnny Cash’s great-nephew.