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Interview: Joshua DuBois on Obama, Trump’s White Evangelicals, and More

This article appears in Faithfully Magazine No. 1 (Spring 2017).

Joshua DuBois was head of the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the Obama administration from 2009-2013, but began working with the former president years prior when he was a senator. During his time in the White House, DuBois was also appointed Special Assistant to the President. He notably sent Obama daily devotionals, shared in his bestselling The President’s Devotional: The Daily Readings that Inspired President Obama. DuBois heads Value Partnerships, a consulting firm that develops faith-based alliances across various sectors.

When did you and President Obama become acquainted? How far back does your relationship go? What compelled you to want to work with him?

I began working for then-Senator Obama when he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004. I heard his 2004 speech at the Democratic National Convention, and agreed with his overall approach to public policy in the speech and appreciated his bridge-building nature. Then, with his evocation of an “awesome God” that we serve in the Blue States—reminding me of times I spent singing worship songs at Fellowship of Christian Athletes camps, singing “Our God is an Awesome God”—I thought as a Christian, here is a progressive who speaks in the language of faith and values. I knew I wanted to work for him, and (to make a long story short) basically showed up at his office several times until he gave me an interview and a job in early 2005. 

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Nicola A. Menzie
Nicola A. Menziehttp://www.nicolamenzieonline.com
Nicola A. Menzie a religion reporter whose bylines have appeared on the websites of the Religion News Service, The Christian Post, CBS News and Vibe magazine. Nicola is the Managing Editor at faithfullymagazine.com. You can find her on Twitter @namenzie. Email: nicola.menzie (at) faithfullymagazine.com.

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