It’s fair to say that Barack Obama has more on his plate than most people. But today Obama admitted that when he kneels to pray for help, it is not always on the weightiest affairs of state.

The US president told the national prayer breakfast in Washington that he prays for peace in the Middle East – and that he also asks for God’s assistance with his 12-year-old daughter, Malia.

“Lord, give me patience as I watch Malia go to her first dance, where there will be boys. Lord, let her skirt get longer as she travels to that place,” Obama recounted.

Obama’s speech today was laced with Biblical references in his most public affirmation of his faith. With many Americans under the illusion that he might be a covert Muslim, Obama explained: “I came to know Jesus Christ for myself and embrace him as my Lord and Saviour.”

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