At the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C., President Obama tied some of his economic policies to his religious beliefs.
According to CNN Money, Obama quoted the Gospel of Luke, saying, "For me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus's teaching that for unto whom much is given, much shall be required." Obama supports allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire, and wants to see wealthy people pay more in taxes.
A Republican congressman from Georgia did not agree with Obama’s religious references. Phil Gingrey left during the speech because “he was disturbed and offended by the president’s use of prayer and reflection time for partisan politics and class warfare. Gingrey’s spokeswoman Jen Talaber said, according to CBS Atlanta, “Rep. Gingrey found the breakfast to be inspiring until President Obama began politicking. Rep. Gingrey wanted to hear what was in his heart and not campaign rhetoric.”
Fox News reported that Obama said his faith controls some of his foreign policy decisions. Obama said, "It's not just about strengthening alliances or promoting democratic values or projecting American leadership around the world. It's also about the biblical call to care for the least of these, for the poor, to answer the responsibility we're given in Proverbs to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute."
Those remarks may have been referring to Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s recent comments about the middle class. "I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I'll fix it. I'm not concerned about the very rich. They're doing just fine. I'm concerned about the 90-95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling. You can focus on the very poor, that's not my focus," Romney said, according to Fox.
Obama said he begins each morning with a brief prayer, and reads scripture, and said pastors often come to the White House to pray with him.