But this morning it had the benefit of that AND President Obama’s “spiritual advisor-in-chief” Joshua DuBois, in town to sign copies of “The President’s Devotional” at the library of former president Jimmy Carter.
(Say that five times fast!)
But back to DuBois. Back when Obama’s title was Senator Obama of Chicago (rather than the 44th President) DuBois was actually hanging out in a D.C. dive bar (his description) when he caught the future commander-in-chief’s 2004 Democratic National Committee speech. He eventually joined the campaign.
Four years later “I just felt a tug in my spirit one day,” DuBois recalled. “I was wondering, ‘Who’s thinking about his spirit? Who’s thinking about his soul?’ ” And he sent then-Senator Obama a portion of the 23rd Psalm to his Blackberry that was apparently well-received.
And DuBois has been sending the daily “devotionals” (quotes ranging from the Old and New Testament to Nina Simone and John Wayne) since, while going on to lead the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Being one of President Obama’s longest-serving advisers has afforded DuBois a rare view inside the life, struggles and successes of The Leader of the Free World. A kind of access that has included some “intense” time on the basketball court, DuBois shared. (Intense because even though the president reportedly throws elbows, it’s kind of hard to be as aggressive, he added, when the person you’re guarding is guarded by men with M-16s).
Watch DuBois share his story with the #KingTeam above: