As he finished singing he motioned that he wanted to add a few words.
In Italy, he said, "left and right can't speak together." He lamented his poor English but added that when he returns to Italy he will do so with a new lesson. "I received a big teaching. I will transmit this: the will to pray together."
After the event Pryor, in a brief interview with CNN, said he didn't see the president's remarks as a partisan dig from his standpoint and echoed the president's sentiments that leaders in the United States need to remain humble. He added he hopes they will continue to pray together. "By praying together and trying to find unity in prayer, hopefully we can take the day-to-day stuff to a higher plain."
"It's tough to pray with someone and then go on the Senate floor and beat the tar out of someone. It's tough, but not impossible," he said with a wide grin.
"The challenge for all of us is to connect Sunday to Monday and keep that in our minds and make a difference," he said. "Washington is an interesting place. I think the National Prayer Breakfast makes it better."
And with that he and the other members of Congress headed back to Capitol Hill and the president returned to the White House.