The White House has released a greeting from President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama on Ash Wednesday:
Today, Michelle and I join our fellow Christians in marking Ash Wednesday. Lent is a season of reflection, repentance and renewal, a time to rededicate ourselves to God and one another. We remember the sacrifice and suffering of Jesus Christ. We pray for all those who suffer, including those Christians who are subjected to unspeakable violence and persecution for their faith. And we join millions here at home and around the world in giving thanks for this sacred and solemn season that guides us toward the Easter celebration.
Today, the President is in Springfield, Illinois, where he spoke to the Illinois General Assembly “about what we can do, together, to build a better politics – one that reflects our better selves.”