In complete and obvious avoidance of his responsibility to defend (sworn to God on a bible, of course) the Constitution ("no religious test shall ever be required .."), as he's constantly harrassed about his faith, President Obama feels compelled to give the mob what it demands,
“When I wake in the morning, I wait on the Lord and I ask him to give me the strength to do right by our country and its people,” he said. “And when I go to bed at night, I wait on the Lord, and I ask him to forgive me of my sins and look after my family and the American people. And to make me an instrument of His will.”
This is an intelligent man. He knows better. And he should do better. This isn't simply a strategic response, it's a capitulation.
There is also the fact that his mother was an Atheist. I would bet at least a third of the Congress are either Atheist or Agnostic - if they want to be in politics then they got to do some god and jeebus talk. That's the religious test that ain't suppose exist.
A bright spot today was Obama shoved the birther issue down that fat frog Trump's throat - Trump's response was comical and pathetic.