In his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, President Obama wished a joyful Easter to those who celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Mr. Obama said the Easter and Passover holidays give millions of Christians, Jews and people of other faiths a chance to slow down and recommit themselves to loving their neighbors and seeing everyone as a child of God.
Jews celebrated Passover at sundown last Monday. Easter is Sunday.
In the Republican address, Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska called for approval of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to bring oil from Canada's tar sands to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. Terry said the project would help create tens of thousands of jobs.
The Obama administration is considering whether to approve the project, which would run through Terry's home state.