WASHINGTON -- One week after Good Friday, Christian leaders from across the country gathered at the White House to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
A collective sigh of agreement burst out among Christians in the East Room as the "Children of the Gospel Choir" sang their first notes.
Vice President Joe Biden told the crowd, the "most animating principle" of the Obama administration "is to look out for the least among us."
"As we move forward as a nation, I do believe we're going to be judged on how we answer that call," Biden said.
Meanwhile, President Obama said this year's Easter was particularly special for him. Just days before the holiday he stood on the "sacred earth" of Israel, where he says he "felt the spirit of Jesus Christ."
"I was reminded that while our time on earth is fleeting, He is eternal," the president said. "His life, His lessons live on in our hearts, most importantly in our actions."
Being in the Holy Land "brings scripture to life," he said.
In Bethlehem he toured the Church of the Nativity, which the president noted was especially moving.
"As I approached the altar of the Nativity, as I neared the 14-pointed silver star that marks the spot where Christ was born -- the Patriarch of Jerusalem welcomed me to, in his words, the place where heaven and earth met," Obama recalled.
"There I had a chance to pray and reflect on Christs' birth, His life, His sacrifice, His resurrection," he said.
The president is counting on evangelical Christians to help him achieve a major goal of his second term: comprehensive immigration reform.
He's already met with Christian and other faith leaders and is counting on their support as Congress crafts a bill.