Obama delivers joint Passover-Easter radio message

US President Barack Obama delivered a touching Passover and Easter message on his weekly radio report.

March 31, 2013 02:11
US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama 370 (R). (photo credit: Kevin Lamarque / Reuters)

US President Barack Obama delivered a combined Passover and Easter message during his weekly radio address on Saturday.

Obama noted that earlier in the week, “Jewish families gathered around the Seder table, commemorating the triumph of faith over oppression.”

The message did not mention the fact that the Obama family hosted its own Seder at the White House as well, a tradition the first family began in the last administration.

Obama also referred to Easter, which his family will celebrate on Sunday.

He spoke of the importance that all faiths put on helping others.

“From Judaism to Islam, Hinduism to Sikhism, there echoes a powerful call to serve our brothers and sisters, to keep in our hearts a deep and abiding compassion for all and to treat others as we wish to be treated,” he said. “That’s the common humanity that binds us together.”

“As Americans, we’re united by something else, too: faith in the ideals that lie at the heart of our founding, and the belief that, as part of something bigger than ourselves, we have a shared responsibility to look out for our fellow citizens,” he continued.

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