Nightly News   |  February 04, 2010

Obama says faith sustained first year in office

Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, President Barack Obama criticized "the erosion of civility" in America. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: Also today, speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast , President Obama criticized what he called the erosion of civility in America . By way of example, he made clear reference to the whisper campaign that he's a Muslim or was born outside the US.

President BARACK OBAMA: Now I am the first to confess I'm not always right. Michelle will testify to that. But surely you can question my policies without questioning my faith, or for that matter my citizenship.

WILLIAMS: Every president since Eisenhower has participated in the annual prayer breakfast, but this year's event some controversy after an ethics group asked the president and congressional leaders to boycott it, saying the sponsor, The Fellowship Foundation , is linked to harsh anti- gay laws in Uganda . When NIGHTLY NEWS continues on a Thursday night, those 10 Americans who tried to take Haitian children out of the country are formally charged. What happens there now? Later, our conversation with a man who's working to turn around a city that a lot of other people have given up on.