Skip to comments.The Emergence of President Obama's Muslim Roots
Posted on 06/02/2009 4:25:37 PM PDT by markedmannerfEdited on 06/02/2009 4:52:25 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
June 02, 2009 6:58 PM
ABC News' Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller report: The other day we heard a comment from a White House aide that never would have been uttered during the primaries or general election campaign.
During a conference call in preparation for President Obama's trip to Cairo, Egypt, where he will address the Muslim world, deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Denis McDonough said "the President himself experienced Islam on three continents before he was able to -- or before he's been able to visit, really, the heart of the Islamic world -- you know, growing up in Indonesia, having a Muslim father -- obviously Muslim Americans (are) a key part of Illinois and Chicago."
Given widespread unease and prejudice against Muslims among Americans, especially in the wake of 9/11, the Obama campaign was perhaps understandably very sensitive during the primaries and general election to downplay the candidate's Muslim roots.
The candidate was even offended when referred to by his initials "BHO," because he considered the use of his middle name, "Hussein," an attempt to frighten voters.
With insane rumors suggesting he was some sort of Muslim Manchurian candidate, then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and his campaign did everything they could to emphasize his Christianity and de-emphasize the fact that his father, Barack Obama Sr., was born Muslim.
The candidate's comment at a Boca Raton, Florida, town hall meeting on May 22, 2008, was typical: "My father was basically agnostic, as far as I can tell, and I didn't know him," he said.
In September 2008, candidate Obama told a Pennsylvania crowd, "I know that I'm not your typical presidential candidate and I just want to be honest with you. I know that the temptation is to say, 'You know what? The guy hasn't been there that long in Washington. You know, he's got a funny name. You know, we're not sure about him.' And that's what the Republicans when they say this isn't about issues, it's about personalities, what they're really saying is, 'We're going to try to scare people about Barack. So we're going to say that, you know, maybe he's got Muslim connections.'...Just making stuff up."
Back then, the campaign's "Fight the Smears" website addressed the candidate's faith without mentioning his father's religion:
"Barack Obama is a committed Christian. He was sworn into the Senate on his family Bible. He has regularly attended church with his wife and daughters for years. But shameful, shadowy attackers have been lying about Baracks religion, claiming he is a Muslim instead of a committed Christian. When people fabricate stories about someones faith to denigrate them politically, thats an attack on people of all faiths. Make sure everyone you know is aware of this deception."
The website also provided quotes from the Boston Globe and Newsweek mentioning his father's roots.
Since the election, however, with the threat of the rumors at least somewhat abated, the White House has been increasingly forthcoming about the president's roots. Especially when reaching out to the
In his April 6 address to the Turkish Parliament, President Obama referenced how many "Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim majority country. I know, because I am one of them."
- Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller
So it begins...
I hate the press.
Tap is making some very interesting allegations here, but he’s one of the better journalists in DC. At least he reports the FACTS.
Perhaps he’s the next Woodward or Bernstein?
“I hate the press.”
I remember when referring to him as B. Hussein was racist.
Is it OK now?
“...Muslim roots.” my arse!!
Barack Obama IS a Muslim
LOL. Drudge has a banner. Millions of Americans are going to see it/share it and say “WTH? I voted for a Muslim?”.
Its insanity. Also he never seemed to want to admit his father was a Muslim. I guess that has changed now as well.
Re#5 I think so. ;^)
Allah u akbar....yeah, buddy.
Man, I hope not. Both Woodward and Bernstein were/are ideological assassins, especially Bernstein. But, I understand the point you're making.
If you look at Tapper's C.V., he's clearly a left winger. But, he's not afraid to ask the tough, uncomfortable questions both of Gibbs and of Obama. To your point, he may be the last honest journo in DC who puts his Constitutional obligations before his personal beliefs.
He can count me as a an admirer.
Grab a blood pressure pill!
Does he even know who his real daddy is??
Thank Gawd the press was looking into Obama’s past before the election. /barf off
BARACK HUSSEIN OSAMA
Obama is swahili for Osama.
I agree. At least he reminds me an American journalism as it used to be.
Ineligible to hold the office. And, now, a closet muslim, too? Keep this up and we might find out he’s a liar and a cheat, too.
It’s time to take back the country.
“WE” were correct about that little fact....Now, how about seeing the BC........
Oh ABC!.... little more research please! ;~)
Sure! It’s on his Birth Certificate...
He’s better than them.
God bless Jake Tapper .. he’s got guts.
it’s all smoke,mirrors&teleprompters- I am but yet I am not
(I can barely say hello in Swahili)...
We’ll only see the BC when the powers that be want us to. Sadly..
Or enough of the coutry and MSM say “IT’s TIME!”!
Jake Tapper is reporting this. Why would you hate that?
The “press,” more accurately described as “media” now that the printed word is not our only mass communication, is essential to our liberty. The Founding Fathers knew this.
Free Republic is “press,” in that regard. So are bloggers, internet news sites, talk radio, etc.
Treasure our freedom of expression, including that of the various manifestations of “press.” The way things are going now, we are going to need them more than ever to maintain our liberty.
The Emergence of President Obama’s Muslim Roots
ABCNews | 6-2-09 | Jake Tapper, Sunlen Miller
Posted on 06/02/2009 4:27:31 PM PDT by STARWISE
The MSM roll out their prayer rugs in the direction of Mecca if they know where it is. Bunch of 5th columnists.
“the President himself experienced Islam on three continents before he was able to — or before he’s been able to visit, really, the heart of the Islamic world “
Interesting phrase here - “himself experienced Islam”.
The claim is that he is not Muslim. Ok. That means on the continent he visited, it has enough of a strong Muslim presence that he had to “experience” it.
Can you name 3 continents he visited where he was immersed in Islam by being in that country?
Unites States? Nope, no way that he was “immersed” in that in the US, not where he lived.
Asia (Indonesia)? That’s one.
Now that you have named the other two countries do you think that what was meant by that was that Obama lived as a Muslim on 3 continents before he got to visit the heart of the Islamic world?
...I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama was heavily financed by Islam....his presidency further opens the door to America for them.
I think Obama really is the Anti-Christ.
I guess all these “nuts” who were calling Obama Muslim during the campaign weren’t so nuts after all!
The 57 states, My Muslim faith, The sweetest sound in the world is the call to prayer....
Ah, I see. The good 'ole Bait-and-Switch!
Photos at #24, too.
I don’t think Obama is a devout Muslim, but he clearly does seem to identify more with Islam than with Christianity. The “Church” he went to in Chicago was not so much a Church as it was a hotbed of Black Liberation Theoology. I wonder how many times they even mentioned Christ during their services—if at all. Has he even chosen a Church in DC? Anyone who believes he is a Christian is liar or a naive (dare I say) dupe. That being said, I’m sure a lot of Lefties are pleased as punch at having a Muslim in the White House—they probably figure the Anyone who believes he is a Christian is liar or a naive (dare I say) dupe. They probably figure he can teach them a thing or two about wielding absolute power.
Now it will all slowly come out and there isn’t a thing anyone can do about it (until the next election).
Carl Bernstein was a red diaper baby. Both of his parents were Communist Party members.
Why do you think he won't release his original Birth Certificate.
Either it's blank, or his Father is actually somebody other than the one he had the Audacity to Dream about.
Again, which of the fifty seven states was he born in?
Does it really matter at this point? Do we really care who his daddy is when we or anyone with political power are no longer interested in the history of his citizenship?
Mainstream press. Those that did not spend 1/10th the time or effort in investigating or at least covering Obama that they did in attacking Palin and McCain. They pulled off the biggest fraud on the body politic in our history. For this I loathe them.
Yes. He does.
Very few others know.
When the BC issue first came up Obama said it was something that if revealed, would be embarrassing.
I think that his original remark is the truth.
I think the truth is that the name listed on the birth certificate is not the real father.
And I think the real father was definitely American. Muslim convert, but born American.
This isn’t news.
We all saw & heard Hussein admit that he is a Muslim.
Sorry, but they don’t care. The voted for the first black man to be president and if he decided to stomp baby ducks in his next press conf they will vote for him again. You have to understand the brain of a lib to know nothing matters but the image.
>(I can barely say hello in Swahili)... <
Not all of them. Many, but not all.
I hope that, this time, he’ll be smart enough to have his kneepads on.