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Obama mixes mild poke at critics into prayer breakfast

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM
President Barack Obama speaks at an Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House in Washington, yesterday.

WASHINGTON, United States (AP):

President Barack Obama welcomed Christian leaders to the White House for a prayer breakfast yesterday, taking a mild poke at some of his critics in his Easter-themed remarks.

Obama said Christians are supposed to love all their neighbours. But said he sometimes hears "less-than-loving expressions by Christians," and that concerns him.

He quickly added, "But that's a topic for another day," to laughter and applause, then joked, "I was about to veer off. I'm pulling it back."

Vice-president Joe Biden, Cardinal Donald Wuerl and the Reverend Al Sharpton were among the guests at the prayer breakfast, a post-Easter tradition of the Obama White House.