Obama National Prayer Breakfast Speech Video 2010

58th National Prayer Breakfast in Washington

Here is the 2010 Obama National Prayer Breakfast speech video and transcript from Thurs. Feb. 4, 2010. President Barack Obama addressed the gathering at the Washington Hilton, in DC; an annual tradition of U.S. Presidents dating back to Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 1950s. Full video below.

During the address President Obama evoked the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “”Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.” He called for more civility in political discourse, as he characterized Washington politics as a “tower of babble” that “can lose the sound of God’s voice.” He went on to say: “Surely you can question my policies without questioning my faith…Or for that matter my citizenship,” a line which drew applause.

Addressing additional contentious issues he said of health care reform: “We may disagree about the best way to reform our health care system, but surely we can agree no one ought to go broke when they get sick.” And of gay and lesbian rights and the proposed anti-gay law in Uganda that carries the death penalty he said: “We may disagree about gay marriage, but we can agree its unconscionable to target gays and lesbians — whether it’s here in the United States or, as Hillary mentioned, more extremely in odious laws that are being proposed most recently in Uganda.”

Here is the full Obama National Prayer Breakfast speech transcript text from Feb. 4, 2010.

The National Prayer Breakfast is organized by a nonpartisan Christian organization, The Fellowship, which is also known as The Family. President Obama’s presence at the breakfast has drawn controversy. For more on the story, see:

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