Episcopal Rector Luis Leon, a priest who looks out at George and Laura Bush in the pews occasionally, says he treats President Bush just like any other parishioner at the historic St. John’s Church, which is just a short walk from the White House.
“I’m not an adviser in any fashion,” he said in a recent interview. “My relationship is that of the local pastor of the church that he attends.” But Leon admitted that the Episcopal congregation has the distinction of having been convenient to presidents since the days of James Madison.
“If you’re looking at the iconography of Washington, this fits somewhere in that iconography,” he said. “A lot of people know about the little yellow church across the street from the White House.”