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Each Thursday hundreds of thousands of Americans will attend events associated with the national day of prayer for the observance at the White House will be decidedly low key.
White House correspondent Mike Emanuel reports that is a big change from recent past.
On this day.
Americans come together to thank our creator for our nation's.
For eight years President Bush -- -- religious leaders of many denominations to the White House to recognize the national day of prayer the designation of the day is it tradition dating back to 1952.
But under Mr.
Bush -- became a public event putting religious leaders front and center.
White house press secretary Robert Gibbs says President Obama will mark the day with a proclamation on paper.
That's the way the president who publicly observed.
National prayer -- but -- listed them.
He'll praise he does everything.
Shortly after taking office President Obama did participate in -- national prayer breakfast attended by members of congress business leaders and every president since Eisenhower.
On the campaign trail mr.
Obama spoke about his faith and the desire to practice it privately what I go to church it's not for spectacle.
-- -- -- Those who argue for separation of church and state say national day of prayer events belong in houses of worship and frankly there's plenty of space in churches we don't need to use government buildings to do them as well.
But some evangelical leaders say the separation of church and state argument is not valid.
To interpret the First Amendment today is a brand new interpretation to make it a secular -- Rather than just -- free exercise of religion which is what it guarantees.
The national day of prayer committee says it is disappointed in the lack of participation by the Obama administration.
And some suggest present Obama.
In a public event could send an important message there's an opportunity for all four.
The president and for congress to -- while the cameras -- wrong to say that tell you no way our nation ablaze in prior.
Meanwhile President -- search -- -- spiritual home in Washington continues after the first family attended saint John's episcopal church for Easter services.
At the White House Mike Emanuel Fox News.
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