Presidential hopeful Barack Obama told a congregation in New Orleans:
"Getting ready to talk to you today, I recall what Jesus said at the end of the Sermon on the Mount. He said, whoever hears these sayings of mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock.
"The rains descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house. But it did not fall, because it was founded on the rock."
That rock was a principal of brotherhood exemplified by the church during Hurricane Katrina — but not the federal government.
"Something was wrong in America. Our foundation wasn't built on the rock."