America’s liberals may view president-elect Barack Obama as “the Second Coming,” but recent news reports complain that he hasn’t been to church much since he was elected:

President-elect Barack Obama has yet to attend church services since winning the White House earlier this month, a departure from the example of his two immediate predecessors.

On the three Sundays since his election, Obama has instead used his free time to get in workouts at a Chicago gym.

Asked about the president-elect’s decision to not attend church, a transition aide noted that the Obamas valued their faith experience in Chicago but were concerned about the impact their large retinue may have on other parishioners.

In response, this Politico story goes on to point out that past presidents-elect have not felt this way:

Both President-elect George W. Bush and President-elect Bill Clinton managed to attend church in the weeks after they were elected.

In November of 1992, Clinton went to services in Little Rock, Ark., on the three weekends following his election, taking pre-church jogs on the first two and attending on the third weekend a Catholic Mass with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, with whom he was trying to smooth over lingering campaign tensions.

In the weeks after the contested 2000 election, Bush regularly attended services at Tarrytown United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas, and Al Gore was frequently photographed arriving at and leaving church in Virginia.

Politico implies that the idea that hosting a president-elect and his family wasn’t a problem for those churches. Maybe it wasn’t, but that hardly matters. I find it difficult, if not impossible, to feel outraged that Obama hasn’t been to church enough since his election; there are other things I’m much more interested in, than that.

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