White House photographer Pete Souza posted a photo last night of President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden holding hands during a prayer at the end of a meeting on immigration.
As Speaker of the House John Boehner signaled there would be no immigration legislation by the end of the year, members of Obama’s administration met with leaders on Wednesday.
The closing prayer was led by Russell D. Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, one of the eight clergy invited to the Oval Office meeting. Moore’s prayer was extemporaneous so his spokeswoman said there is no text from the prayer available.
Those who met with the President also included the Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition; the Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners; Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals; Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Seattle; Joel Hunter, senior pastor of Northland Church; Hyepin Im, president and CEO of Korean Churches for Community Development, Los Angeles; and Mike McClenahan, senior pastor of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church.