Obama asked for prayers today to raise taxes on Americans.
Obama says he believes in prayer when he goes to church. He’s been to church maybe three times this year.
The President arrived in Thailand earlier today.
U.S. President Barack Obama prepares to sign a guestbook as Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra looks on, at Government House in Bangkok November 18, 2012. (Reuters)
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Taking a break from deficit negotiations for a whirlwind tour of southeast Asia, President Obama joked this afternoon as he toured a sacred Buddhist temple that he could use some prayer to help reach a budget deal.
“We’re working on this budget, we’re going to need a lot of prayer for that,” the president told a monk at the Wat Pho Royal Monastery.
The president later explained the quip at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. “I always believe in prayer,” he said. “If a Buddhist monk is wishing me well, I’m going to take whatever good vibes he can give me to try to deal with some challenges back home.”