Skip to comments.Rep. King: Al-Qaida would celebrate Obama victory
Posted on 03/08/2008 5:32:35 AM PST by indcons
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa Congressman Steve King says terrorists would celebrate if Democratic candidate Barack Obama won the presidency.
King, a Republican, bases his prediction on several criteria: Obama's pledge to pull troops out of Iraq, his Kenyan heritage and his middle name Hussein -- a reminder of Iraq's former leader.
King, in an interview today with the Daily Reporter in Spencer, said al-Qaida would -- quote -- "be dancing in the streets in greater numbers than they did on September 11th."
King says terrorists would declare victory in the war on terror because Obama would pull troops out of the Middle East.
The congressman added -- quote -- "They'll be dancing in the streets because of his middle name, they'll be dancing in the streets because of who his father was."
King's comments are the latest attack on Obama's heritage. The Illinois senator, born in Hawaii to a white Kansas woman and a Kenyan man, has said he is a Christian and has little connection to the Islamic religion.
Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor criticized King and others who have brought Obama's heritage into the presidential debate.
“King, a Republican, bases his prediction on several criteria: Obama’s pledge to pull troops out of Iraq, his Kenyan heritage and his middle name Hussein — a reminder of Iraq’s former leader.”
What a dumb thing to say. He should have stuck to the “pull troops out of Iraq”, and left out the commentary about his middle name and ethnic heritage. It sounds racist.
One thing Republicans can forget: That by being defeated they come back with a vengeance. Once Dems are in power they install all their cronies everywhere and these overlast the next prez.
This guy, Hussein Obama, has a documented history of supporting islamic/sharia causes - in Kenya, Israel, and Illinois.
Agreed. And, Congressman King may have had a problem with his own last name in the late eighteenth century had he been running for Congress then. It sounds so damned Royal.
I think we need to be careful about the type of content that is posted to this site. And be sure that there’s nothing that could be construed as racist. Pictures morphing Obama’s face into OBL’s are pushing the boundaries from my perspective. Just my opinion... others can weigh in.
John McCain has also made it very clear that he doesn’t agree with referring to him as “Hussein Obama”. That’s the view from the top.
I want to defeat Obama in November, but these sort of attacks just seem to generate sympathy for him among many voters.
Somethings need not be said but he is right.
They would also celebrate a Hillary victory with equal fevor.
Of the two, I had rather deal with an Obama Presidency rather than a Hillary Presidency for any number of reasons.
Of the two, Obama would be an easier opponent for John Mc Cain to defeat in the general election.
But to mr that point is moot because I do not believe that the Republican Party wanted to win the Presidency this election cycle. Else they would not have long ago promised John Mc Cain the nomination and then devised a plan to allow him to “win” the nomination.
Hillary too. It would show them America is weak by electing a woman and stoke their fires.
I dont think the Israelis are going to wait though for this to happen.
You're right. The guy is spot-on with what he said but it hurts, not helps, to use Obama's name like that.
Which means conservatives had better find someone before November who can beat Obama; in other words, not Juan McCain.
King is a god in western Iowa. That seat is his for life if he wants it.
Yes, you must be politically correct even when speaking the truth.
No, the correct terminology according to the MSM is undocumented workers. We all know that Hispanics/Latinos/Mexicans are hard workers who just want to provide for their families. Anyone opposed to illegal immigration is a nativist and bigot.
Thats the view from the top.
McDole is top Republican for New York Times endorsement, and Democrats voting in Republican primaries.
Other than being raised in a Muslim family (whom his sister says is very religious) in a Muslim country (Indonesia), supporting Muslim sharia proponents in Kenya (cousin Raila Odinga, for whom Barack has actively campaigned). But other than that, he has no connection whatsoever to the Islamic religion.
I do find it amusing that it was Hillary’s campaign that first started using this issue with statements from Shaheen and Bob Kerrey.
He should have stuck to the pull troops out of Iraq, and left out the commentary about his middle name and ethnic heritage. It sounds racist.
It’s not meant to be racist, it needs to be expanded on, because Obama does embolden our enemies.
I guess I am racist, I see nothing wrong with calling a spade a spade.
“Somethings need not be said but he is right”
Hear! Hear! Mr. King said it exactly right.
Only days ago, there was a spirited discussion right here on FR regarding the “middle name that must not be mentioned”. Mr. King speaks it outloud, and it resonates with him EXACTLY as it will resonate with the type of voters we may need to win, if Mr. Obama becomes the nominee.
There is a level of self-imposed political correctness right here on FR that rivals the socialized world outside.
Since when has “Hussein” become a new “n-word”?
Are conservatives - even the vocal ones here - going to submit to the left, which will define for us what we can speak - and THINK?
In post #8, nj26 writes:
“I think we need to be careful about the type of content that is posted to this site. And be sure that theres nothing that could be construed as racist. Pictures morphing Obamas face into OBLs are pushing the boundaries from my perspective. Just my opinion... others can weigh in”
nj26 speaks of things “that could be construed as racist”. This is the ESSENCE of political correctness, for it is not I or we or you who will do the construin’; once we begin to think this way, it will be the LEFT who will declare that ANYthing we say that they don’t like is “racist”, or, whatever “ist” will do at the moment.
We should be UNAFRAID to tread that path and use those words that the left will AUTOMATICALLY try to toss back at us as “racists”. If we cower, their attacks will become bolder, and their definitions of “racist” will grow broader. If we cower, we will be cornered.
I, for one, think Mr. King should go right on a-talkin’!
LOL....Trying hard for the Islamic fundamentalist votebank, aren’t you?
Don’t forget Hussein’s fundraisers for PLO terrorists.
B. Hussein Obama is the terrorists best friend.
If Senator McCain wants to call Senator Obama an "honorable" person that is ok with me.
When Senator McCain thinks that for us to use Senator Barack HUSSEIN Obama's middle name is wrong that is a problem because when he does that he is implying to use it is racist!
At this time in our history we are at war with radical Islam. They want to kill us and destroy our way of life. There is no doubt about that now. Senator Barack Hussein Obama has an Islamic background. A person's religious background is generally not an issue. Barack claims to be a "Christian." So we are supposed to stop right there and not question him further. However, when we examine his "Christian" church we get a different look at who Barack Hussein Obama is. The church he has attended is on the same level as a Ku Klux Klan except they are wearing black sheets instead of white sheets AND to top it all off they spout their racism for the world to see! But, according to the PC world that we live in we are not to question this racism because it is "allowable" racism. Barack talks about getting rid of the things that "divide" us but yet participates in a a church that divides the USA into black and white.
At this time in history we need a President who understands Islam. We do not need a President who is going to sympathize with radical Islam's agenda or cozy up to them so they can stab us in the back later.
The fact that Barack Hussein Obama will not wear an American flag lapel pin or cover his heart while the National Anthem (American National Anthem) is only a symptom that shows where is allegiance is.
“He should have stuck to the pull troops out of Iraq, and left out the commentary about his middle name and ethnic heritage. It sounds racist.”
Unfortunately, sometimes the truth does, but that doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be spoken. The effort to censor the spoken word in order to avoid any semblance of offense is the root of the “p.c.” movement, and the fruits of that movement speak for themselves: it was, and is, a HUGE and far-reaching mistake. Can you imagine if the patriots who began the Revolutionary War had worried about sounding Anglophobic? Or if the USA had remained neutral in WWII because they didn’t want to offend the Japanese citizens (let’s just treat it as a police matter, not an act of war), or didn’t want to publicly label Germany as anti-Semitic (that’s so racist, you know)? Ridiculous. Our country is great now because of the courage and freedom we have had to speak the truth since its inception, and to act on that truth when necessary and appropriate. To censor and kowtow sets us on a path to become no different than any other nation, and that would be a travesty.
Don't be a race-baiter. Nobody's branded me or my family illegal.
The only Hispanics anyone has branded illegal are the ones who illegally sneak across our border and illegally steal our identities so that they can illegally work here while illegally using taxpayer-funded benefits and illegally avoiding paying taxes, and then illegally ignoring any deportation orders that might come their way.
We desperately need to control the border.
Both innocent Muslims and Hispanics are unfortunate to belong to groups where there are huge numbers of common/civil law breaking. As for slurs, those don't phase my wife and we raise our children to not have any possible slurs phase them. Those are only words.
As for Islam being demonic or satanic? Do you believe it is the religion of our God? If not, then what is it? If it is, then convert to it.
PC strikes again...Let’s all censor ourselves to keep from offending the perpetually offended. It IS his middle name and I do not believe that using it is in any way racist. He has held fundraisers for and supported islamic causes in the past, that is the truth. I do not see anything wrong with bringing it up. The man was raised in a muslim country and is probably considered an apostate by the middle eastern leaders he will have to deal with as President. I do not think that pointing this out to voters is wrong. I think it is an important point to consider.
If someone had a Hispanic name or a Hispanic accent (like many US-born Mexicans do... no offense intended but most of us Hispanics can tell someone who's been living in a Mexican household the moment they open their mouths, just like we can tell a Brit or Aussie or Mid-Westerner or Southerner), I would think it's a natural question to ask where were you born. Now, if someone knew she was born in the US and then still asked if she's a citizen, if proves the person is an idiot, whether liberal or conservative.
My point is that both sides has its fair share of idiots and racists (as a Hispanic I'll point to "La Raza" and the Reconquista movement as prime examples on the left), but that the idea that enforcing our borders and immigration laws is inherently racist is a canard played by those who want to win Hispanic voters via pure demagoguery. The lailure of cnservatives has not been supporting border control, the failure has been explaining that this is not due to racism.