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Obama family at new Chicago church for Fathers Day. First time out since quitting Trinity United Church of Christ

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WASHINGTON--The Obama family has a tradiiton of going to church on Fathers Day; that's what Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the presumptive Democratic nominee told Jimmy Kimmel when he taped an interview with the talk show host on Friday. But the Obama family quit Trinity United Church of Christ a week ago, in the wake of divisive comments by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Father Michael Pfleger. Where to go? This Sunday, the Obamas leave their Kenwood home on a landmark block on Chicago's South Side to attend church at the nearby Apostolic Church of God, 6320 Dorchester Ave.

But Obama will have to work on Fathers Day. Obama will "speak about the responsibilities we have as fathers and parents to help our children achieve their dreams," his campaign said. Parental responsibility is a theme Obama has sounded before.

Last February, in Beaumont,Texas, Obama drew wild cheers as he told a mostly African-American crowd that parents need to shape up, turn off the TV, help their kids with their homework and stop letting them grow fat eating Popeyes chicken for breakfast.

"It's not good enough for you to say to your child, 'Do good in school,' and then when that child comes home, you got the TV set on, you got the radio on, you don't check their homework, there is not a book in the house, you've got the video game playing," said Obama.

FOOTNOTE: Dr. Byron Brazier, a minister at the Apostolic Church of God, ran as an Obama delegate from the seventh congressional district in Illinois.

LINK to Lynn Sweet column about Obama using bully pulpit in Texas telling parents to shape up and cut out the Popeyes.

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if we woman start making our husbands KINGS and head of the home, we will become queenS and our children princes and princesseS for our LORD AND SAVIOUR

I don't know if this blog entry is about going to church, not attending church, another individual within the church running for an office or Senator Obama being a bully in the pulpit.

I am glad his daughters and wife understand Daddy & Husband have to work on Father's Day. It's hard out here being a man, but we have to do what do, good days or bad days. Good thing we know how to accept bad gifts and a rare thank you during this time.

Thanks for acknowledging Father's Day, Ms. Sweet, I believe that is what you were trying to say in this message.

HAVE A GREAT FATHER'S DAY, BARACK OBAMA, AS A DAD MYSELF, IT IS
TRUELY A BLESSING TO HAVE A FAMILY THAT LOVES YOU!
I LOVE MY FAMILY AND I KNOW YOUR FAMILY LOVES YOU!
ENJOY YOUR DAY, MR. PRESIDENT TO BE!


"It's not good enough for you to say to your child, 'Do good in school,' and then when that child comes home, you got a DVD of one of Rev Wright's sermons on" said NObama.

Hey, we were watching Oprah, dude, move those big ears out of the way, so we can see the T.V.

Getting fat eating Popeyes chicken for breakfast, huh? You rather we get all bitter clinging to God and guns like them (mainly Non African-American)eys, do?

It is against the IRS laws for Obama to promote his politics.What rock is the IRS hiding under?..The church should lose its tax exempt...

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