Thursday, January 28, 2010
welcome the spring
Shaul Schwarz / Reportage via Getty Images for TIME
"You know, folks ask me sometimes why I look so calm," Obama told several hundred worshippers from the pulpit of Washington's Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, where slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr once delivered a sermon.
The US leader is famous of his aura of unflappability in the face of crisis, but he acknowledged that there are sometimes roiling emotions beneath the surface.
"I have a confession to make. There are times when I'm not so calm. My wife knows. There are times when progress seems too slow. There are times when the words that are spoken about me hurt. There are times when the barbs sting. There are times when it feels like all these efforts are for naught," he added.
"Change is so painfully slow in coming. And I have to confront my own doubts."
But the president said it's his faith that gives him inner calm and peace, and urged congregants at the church on Sunday to find solace in theirs.
"So let us hold fast to that faith," Obama urged the congregation.
"Together, we shall overcome the challenges of the new age. Together, we shall seize the promise of this moment. Together, we shall make a way through the winter. And we're going to welcome the spring."
CALLIE SHELL / AURORA FOR TIME