On Monday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer said it’s wrong to criticize President Barack Obama for attending an anti-conservative sermon by Rev. Luis Leon at Saint John’s Church on Sunday.
“Look, I think this speaks to the Episcopal Church and not President Obama or the religious right,” Krauthammer said. “The Episcopal Church, it used to be said a generation ago, was the American establishment at prayer. And now it’s the American left at prayer. … [The cleric] knew the press would be there. This was an ambitious cleric [trying] to make himself heard, and to make news.”
Krauthammer also excused White House press secretary Jay Carney for punting when asked about the president’s attendance at the sermon.
“I would give the president the pass on this,” Krauthammer said. “This is not like Jeremiah Wright, in whose church he sat for 20 years [and] who was his mentor, who married him. This is a church where all presidents have gone, from James Madison on. It was an appearance that had no connection intrinsic with him. … I think what Jay Carney said is he has every right to stay away from this.”