White House staffer offers heartfelt thanks for prayers

ST. LOUIS (BP)--A member of the Bush administration expressed gratitude on behalf of the White House staff for prayers from Southern Baptists following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and western Pennsylvania.

"I am here to offer each and every one of you a heartfelt thanks and a sense of gratitude from each and every staff member in the Bush-Cheney administration," said Tim Goeglein, special assistant to the president and deputy director of the White House Office of Public Liaison. Goeglein delivered his speech at the opening session of the 2002 annual meeting of the SBC in St. Louis.

"It is a great honor and privilege to spend this day and a half with some of the greatest people in America, Southern Baptists," Goeglein said in remarks that followed a live satellite address from President Bush.

"Since Sept. 11, our administration has been overwhelmed by e-mails, letters and telephone calls from Southern Baptists, and every one of those bits of communication has either begun or ended by saying, 'We are not only praying for the president, we are praying also for those privileged and humbled enough to work in the vineyards as well," he said, referring to his White House colleagues.


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