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Skip to comments.The Emergence of President Obama's Muslim Roots
Posted on 06/02/2009 5:13:14 PM PDT by Gordon Greene
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 Muslim world.
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."
Duplicate. Please look in breaking news.
This must be very important news because it’s been posted at least four times in the past several minutes. LOL
We should ALWAY do a search on the title of an article we are posting.
Did a search before I posted. It didn’t come up. The one in breaking is a duplicate also best I can tell.
Please lock if you can, Mr. or Mrs. Admin.
WE did a search... It didn’t come up.
Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
Here ya go
So whats is new? he is still garbage.
Thanks for doing that reverse - time search for me.
I think that interview was done by Georgie Stephonallofus
No biggie deal, the fact remains...Obozo the Klown is a muzzie, through and through.
Remember, he also told the NYTimes Magazine:”Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (itll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.
YEah, HE DID SAY IT...
It sounded as if Obama was referring to himself as being an American who has lived in a muslim country.
Or is he saying that he is an American Muslim who has lived in a Muslim country?
Actually it was an interview with Stephanopoulous where he made the admission.
Dude. You posted a dupe post. It is not the unpardonable sin. Get over yourself.
Well, there was the Muslim call to prayer thing, too. And the fact that he was enrolled as a Muslim at his school (as a kid). obama may or may not be a Muslim, but he certainly has Muslim connectins - why deny it? Keith Ellison was upfront about his Muslim faith and he was elected just fine.
Oh well, I would say it’s not good to lie to the American people, but apparently it doesn’t matter.
I’ve made the mistake before. Pointing it out didn’t bother me... I think it was the tone.
Which begs the question, does typing really have a tone?
Either way, no big deal. BTW... The “Get over yourself” was a nice touch.
Christianity was probably just a religion of convenience to obama. Now he’ll slide back to his roots...
We home-schooling parents tend to have a sharp wit and a keen desire to do things correctly.
Gotta be proud of your son. Did you guys homeschool all the way?
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