Pres. Obama calls for "compassion" in weekly address

March 30, 2013 5:00:04 PM PDT
President Obama stepped back from politics on Saturday for his weekly address.

The president used the address to ask people of all faiths to treat each other with greater compassion.

“That’s the common humanity that binds us together,” Mr. Obama said. “And as Americans, we’re united by something else, too: faith in the ideals that lie at the heart of our founding; and the belief that, as part of something bigger than ourselves, we have a shared responsibility to look out for our fellow citizens.”

The president also reflected on his own family’s Easter traditions, saying that the holiday is an opportunity to “recommit ourselves to following [God’s] example here on Earth.”

Mr. Obama said that other religions share similar commitments.