Electronic Pastoral Care?
President Obama told ABC Nightline's Terry Moran that his personal BlackBerry, which he famously fought with the Secret Service to keep, has actually become a tool of keeping the faith during his first year in office.
"My Faith and Neighborhood Initiatives director, Joshua DuBois, he has a devotional that he sends to me on my BlackBerry every day," Obama said. "That's how I start my morning. You know, he's got a passage, Scripture, in some cases quotes from other faiths to reflect on."
Obama has been an infrequent attender at any church or chapel during his first year in office. Other Presidents have found ways to attend local congregations without disruption (among them, the Clintons were, perhaps, among the most frequent and easily fit it to Foundry United Methodist Church). It leaves you to wonder why the Obamas continue to engage in social outings (such as attending basketball games, going golfing or having dinner at local restaurants) while not attending church. But that is another issue...