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Clinton says thank-you to his church community

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Clinton thanked his church family Sunday in what will probably be his last time there as President of the United States.

Speaking before the congregation at the Foundry Methodist Church, Clinton thanked the church for taking care of him, Hillary Clinton and Chelsea. "Thank you for your prayers in the storm and sunshine of these last eight years," the president added, "You can not imagine the the peace and strength that I have gotten here."

Clinton also expressed gratitude to the church for supporting him in his efforts to bring peace to hotspots around the world such as the Middle East, Kosovo and Northern Ireland, "where people are suffering."

The president did not say exactly what he plans to do once he leaves office but he said he plans to advance the causes he believes in such as helping those who "deserve a better hand then they were dealt."

He also said he will do his best to work for peace and reconciliation and that the country must move beyond "tolerance" because tolerance implies one group believes it is better and just tolerating others.

In a lighthearted moment, the president said his Christianity will be tested once he leaves office by a return to commercial air travel, to which the congregation burst into laughter.


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