In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Belgium, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) called for stepped up surveillance of Muslim neighborhoods. Following last year's Paris attacks, Republican front-runner Donald J. Trump proposed a temporary ban on all Muslim immigrants to the United States.
Obama in his Easter address cited the example of Pope Francis, who celebrated Easter by washing the feet of refugees. "What a powerful reminder of our obligations, if in fact we are not afraid," Obama said.
"If Easter means anything it is that you don’t have to be afraid," Obama continued. "We drown out darkness with light. We heal hatred with love. We hold on to hope."
Obama also offered a glimpse into his post-presidency plans.
"I am going to take three or four months where I just sleep," he said. "And I hope y'all don’t mind that."