Why did Obama HOST a Ramadan Iftar dinner but yet he CANCELED the National Day of Prayer ceremony at the WH?
President Obama will host an iftar — the special evening meal observed during Ramadan — on Friday night in the White House dining room.
Obama cancelled 2010 White House National Day of Prayer ceremony. The National Day of Prayer has historically been the first Thursday in May, since Harry S. Truman put it into effect in 1952, but wasn’t official until the days of Ronald Reagan.
For eight years, the White House held a celebration on the National Day of Prayer, and last year Obama cancelled the celebration, and the ceremony has been cancelled for 2010. In 2009, CNN reported that Obama was toning down the National Day of Prayer by cancelling the White House ceremony, but that the official day was not cancelled.