So Obama’s dropping The National Day of Prayer observance. Am I surprised? Hardly.

Obama’s Whitehouse spokesman, Robert Gibbs announced that President Obama will sign a proclamation to recognize the day but would not be hosting the traditional service in the East Room.

Here is a CNN article in which the very title of the article attempts to whitewash Obama’s dropping of the White House ceremony. The title reads: Obama tones down National Day of Prayer observance

(CNN) — For the past eight years, the White House recognized the National Day of Prayer with a service in the East Room, but this year, President Obama decided against holding a public ceremony.

President Bush marked the National Day of Prayer with a service at the White House.

“Prayer is something that the president does everyday,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday, noting that Obama will sign a proclamation to recognize the day, as many administrations in the past have done.

Asked if Obama thought his predecessor’s ceremonies were politicized, Gibbs said, “No, I’m not going to get into that again.

“I think the president understands, in his own life and in his family’s life, the role that prayer plays.”

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance for people of all faiths.

Under the Bush administration, the White House hosted an interfaith service each year, inviting protestant, Catholic and Jewish leaders for an event at the East Room.

President Ronald Reagan and President George H.W. Bush also marked the day with a White House observance.

President Harry Truman first established the day as a national event in 1952. Reagan signed a resolution in 1988 to observe the National Day of Prayer each year on the first Thursday in May, and each president since has recognized this day with a proclamation.

I recall seeing Obama speak at a prayer service after his inauguration. The guy seemed stiff and uncomfortable. Whether or not Obama is a believer, an agnostic, or an athiest is really not my business. I am free to observe though, that at this time in our country with the nation in perilous economic woes, it would be nice to see the first black president in such a historic time, showing a little humility and bowing his head to someone higher than himself. Obama’s supposed moral guide, Abraham Lincoln in his time, sought help from above.

I suppose the man thinks there is no one higher than himself.

UPDATE: Here is The Anchoress’ take.