On the Sunday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a top White House advisor addressed the congregation at Dr. King's family church, Ebenezer Baptist.
Valerie Jarrett acknowledged Dr. King's birthday, celebrating his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement before a capacity audience in the Ebenezer Baptist sanctuary. With less than 10 months remaining before President Obama looks for re-election, the message of her speech also veered into politics, as she reminded the congregation of some of the good things that have so far happened under Obama's leadership.
"We all sleep a little better at night knowing Osama Bin Laden and his lieutenants are not plotting a terrorist attack against the United States," she said, eliciting applause from the crowd. She continued, recalling a recent trip through a Chicago airport: "I saw so many soldiers returning home from their last tour of duty in Iraq, in time for the Christmas holidays."
There was also a brief jab at Republicans.
"Teachers, and firefighters, and policemen, whose jobs are now in jeopardy because congress, well let me be specific, because the Republicans in congress ..."
Before she could finish her sentence, people in the congregation were laughing, and applauding.
Jarrett's appearance marked the second White House visit to Ebenezer Baptist in recent years. President Obama visited there in 2008, prior to taking office.
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