"For Christians to walk where he walked and see what he saw are blessed moments," Obama said. "And while I had been to Jerusalem before, where Jesus healed the sick, and cured the blind, and embraced the least of these, I also had a chance to go to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem."
Obama also made a sly reference to battles in Congress, joking that his visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem — which is co-managed by different faiths, sometimes resulting in dramatic conflict — struck a familiar chord.
"Entering the church is a remarkable experience, although it is a useful instruction to see how managing different sections of the church and different clergy — it feels familiar," Obama said. "Let’s just put it that way."