hat tip-The Obama Diary:

Time – Pool reports: POTUS and FLOTUS arrive at Metropolitan AME church at 9 am …. At 9:06 am. Crowd of about several hundred churchgoers cheer loudly at the arrival of POTUS and FLOTUS. One lady sitting in the back of the church is overheard yelling “God Bless You.”

The Right Rev. Adam J. Richardson recognized POTUS and FLOTUS for attending the service. FLOTUS’s mother is in attendance. …. “Mr. and Mrs. Obama thank you for your leadership,” said Richardson, who was on hand to deliver the Episcopal greetings. …. Richardson praised POTUS for his speech to the Tucson community last week. …. Richardson said the service honors the 25th anniversary of the birth of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a national holiday. …

Prior to that, the choir passionately sang African American heritage hymns, drawing cheers from the attendees–some of whom lifted their children so they could see POTUS. … At 10:14 am the congregation sang happy birthday to FLOTUS. The First Lady stood up and waved at the pastor and the audience.

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Sasha and Malia (hidden behind other parishioners) sing during church services at Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, Jan. 16.
—Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

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