U.S. President Barack Obama

Obama prays for Americans staying united and says faith can help overcome fear

U.S. President Barack Obama appeals for unity and says faith can help overcome fear during the National Prayer Breakfast.

WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (FEBRUARY 4, 2016) (RESTRICTED POOL) – U.S. President Barack Obama said faith can help overcome fear on Thursday (February 4) attending the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton.

“Like every president, like every leader, like every person, I’ve known fear. But my faith tells me that I need not fear death, but the acceptance of Christ’s promises everlasting life and the washing away of sins,” he said.

Speaking during his last prayer breakfast event in the capacity of the U.S. president, Obama took the opportunity to call for unity and said he prayed for his failings to be forgiven.

“I pray that our leaders will always act with humility and generosity. I pray that my failings are forgiven. I pray that we will uphold our obligation to be good stewards of God’s creation,” he said.

Members of U.S. Congress including Paul Ryan, Republican Speaker of US House of Representatives, US House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and various celebrities took part in the praying event.

Every U.S. president has attended the annual prayer breakfast since 1953.