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The Emergence of President Obama's Muslim Roots
blog.abcnews ^ | June 02, 2009 6:58 PM | Jake Tapper / Sunlen Miller

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 Barack’s religion, claiming he is a Muslim instead of a committed Christian. When people fabricate stories about someone’s faith to denigrate them politically, that’s 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."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: husseinobama; islam; jaketapper; muslim; obama; obamaandgod; obamafamily; obamanation; roots
My, my... Mr. Tapper
1 posted on 06/02/2009 5:13:14 PM PDT by Gordon Greene
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To: Gordon Greene

Duplicate. Please look in breaking news.


2 posted on 06/02/2009 5:14:10 PM PDT by magellan
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To: Gordon Greene

This must be very important news because it’s been posted at least four times in the past several minutes. LOL


3 posted on 06/02/2009 5:14:26 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie (Earth: It's not your mother, it's just a big rock.)
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To: Gordon Greene

We should ALWAY do a search on the title of an article we are posting.


4 posted on 06/02/2009 5:15:53 PM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Private First Class - 1/16/09 - Parris Island, SC)
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To: Gordon Greene
..when he decided to use Hussein in the Oath of Office,it told the world he was a mussie
5 posted on 06/02/2009 5:16:20 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle
Don't forget his slip "my Muslim faith" in that interview with that little troll david gregory...
Then the little turd corrected him. Bambi didn't even realize he slipped
6 posted on 06/02/2009 5:29:27 PM PDT by phs3 (America had such a headache from Bush, they blew their brains out.)
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To: Gordon Greene

7 posted on 06/02/2009 5:32:31 PM PDT by HighWheeler (The higher the concentration of libs, the bigger the tragedy that follows.)
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To: magellan; Admin Moderator

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.

Thanks. GG


8 posted on 06/02/2009 5:37:30 PM PDT by Gordon Greene (www.fracturedrepublic.com - Jesus said, "I am THE way, THE truth and THE life." Any questions?)
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To: don-o

WE did a search... It didn’t come up.

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

Cheese Whiz.


9 posted on 06/02/2009 5:39:18 PM PDT by Gordon Greene (www.fracturedrepublic.com - Jesus said, "I am THE way, THE truth and THE life." Any questions?)
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To: Gordon Greene

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search?m=all;o=time;q=quick;s=The%20Emergence%20of%20President%20Obama%27s%20Muslim%20Roots

Here ya go


10 posted on 06/02/2009 5:40:46 PM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Private First Class - 1/16/09 - Parris Island, SC)
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To: Gordon Greene

So whats is new? he is still garbage.


11 posted on 06/02/2009 5:43:59 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: don-o

Thanks for doing that reverse - time search for me.

GG


12 posted on 06/02/2009 5:44:25 PM PDT by Gordon Greene (www.fracturedrepublic.com - Jesus said, "I am THE way, THE truth and THE life." Any questions?)
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To: phs3

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 (it’ll 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...

http://select.nytimes.com/2007/03/06/opinion/06kristof.html?_r=1


13 posted on 06/02/2009 5:44:51 PM PDT by GRRRRR (He'll NEVER be my President! (FUBO!))
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To: Gordon Greene

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?


14 posted on 06/02/2009 5:45:06 PM PDT by TheDailyChange (Politics,Conservatism,Liberalism)
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To: phs3

Actually it was an interview with Stephanopoulous where he made the admission.


15 posted on 06/02/2009 5:45:17 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: Gordon Greene

Dude. You posted a dupe post. It is not the unpardonable sin. Get over yourself.


16 posted on 06/02/2009 5:46:11 PM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Private First Class - 1/16/09 - Parris Island, SC)
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To: phs3

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.


17 posted on 06/02/2009 5:46:45 PM PDT by ElayneJ
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To: don-o

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.


18 posted on 06/02/2009 5:54:56 PM PDT by Gordon Greene (www.fracturedrepublic.com - Jesus said, "I am THE way, THE truth and THE life." Any questions?)
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To: Gordon Greene

Christianity was probably just a religion of convenience to obama. Now he’ll slide back to his roots...


19 posted on 06/02/2009 5:56:49 PM PDT by CodeMasterPhilzar (I'll keep my money, my guns, and my freedom. You can keep the "change.")
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To: don-o

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?


20 posted on 06/02/2009 6:00:00 PM PDT by Gordon Greene (www.fracturedrepublic.com - Jesus said, "I am THE way, THE truth and THE life." Any questions?)
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To: Gordon Greene

Ben went to public school for 10-12. Other son started public school for 7th.


21 posted on 06/02/2009 6:03:23 PM PDT by don-o (My son, Ben - Marine Private First Class - 1/16/09 - Parris Island, SC)
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To: Gordon Greene

TDC asks:
Was Obama referring to himself as being an American who has lived in a muslim country, or is he saying that he is a Muslim who has lived in a Muslim country?

Advance the video to 3:15 and decide for yourself.

http://www.thedailychange.com/is-obama-a-muslim-you-decide/?preview=true&preview_id=445&preview_nonce=540f4bc4ae


22 posted on 06/02/2009 6:08:58 PM PDT by TheDailyChange (Politics,Conservatism,Liberalism)
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To: Gordon Greene

Barry, Your Roots are Showing!

http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/10035


23 posted on 06/02/2009 6:16:12 PM PDT by jazminerose
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To: Gordon Greene

Hasn’t been to one of them thar Christian churches since acorn elected him.


24 posted on 06/02/2009 6:20:34 PM PDT by Terry Mross ( I hate all politicians. Including republicans.)
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To: don-o

Awesome. We have three boys, 10, 12 and 14. We’ve done it since the start.

God bless.


25 posted on 06/02/2009 6:22:18 PM PDT by Gordon Greene (www.fracturedrepublic.com - Jesus said, "I am THE way, THE truth and THE life." Any questions?)
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To: CodeMasterPhilzar
Christianity was probably just a religion of convenience to obama. Now he’ll slide back to his roots...

I've been saying this since before the election. The guy is a Muzzie pure and simple. But the question is, who is his handler? I'm thinking besides Soros, what about the Saudi King? That prostration act he did a few months ago was no "searching for a lost contact" routine. Sheesh, when are the sheeple going to wake up and realize our enemy is running the country??????????? No wonder America is dying before our eyes. God help us.

26 posted on 06/02/2009 6:26:59 PM PDT by Type Righter (...flying the Gadsden flag 24/7 until the Usurper is Gone! ..."Don't Tread on ME"...)
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To: Terry Mross

Obviously a great point. I think he spends all his spare time working out with his “buddy”.

That’s what he was doing with his Sundays before the election, anyway. What? Are there no Reverend Wrights in DC?


27 posted on 06/02/2009 6:28:06 PM PDT by Gordon Greene (www.fracturedrepublic.com - Jesus said, "I am THE way, THE truth and THE life." Any questions?)
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To: Gordon Greene
I think he's a muslim, but I'm no expert. However, muslims say obama is a muslim and that's close enough for me. Even Farrakhan says he's the messiah, but that isn't working for me. I think he's the destroyer.
28 posted on 06/02/2009 6:29:16 PM PDT by GBA
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To: Gordon Greene

Are they trying to say his Muslim father DID NOT try to assert any religious belief in him at all, and that he suddenly embraced Christianity at an older age (with no prior religious faith from his parents?)

Or.. was he was born a Muslim?

What is the penalty for leaving Muslim religion to become Christian?


29 posted on 06/02/2009 6:40:05 PM PDT by Mr. K (physically unabel to proofreed (<---oops))
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To: Gordon Greene
I always felt his middle name was relevant, but not for the reasons the MSM tries to pretend.

Someone who had an influence on him named him that in spite of its rarity in American culture, and the likelihood that it might subject him to scorn. One might even say the act of naming him that was defiant.

All I want to know is if the person who named him that had an influence on his thought processes, and if so, in what way. Hell, it could very well have been a benefit. But it seems like a reasonable question to ask.

Anyone can name their kid whatever they want. And a person's name has nothing to do with who they are as a person unless the name subjected them to behavior that singled them out, embarrassed them, or otherwise made them an outcast. Seems like we have a right to ask because for all we know maybe he felt embarrassed of his name and had a secret desire to lash out at Muslims for causing his pain.

Again, how would we know since we're not allowed to ask?

30 posted on 06/02/2009 6:42:49 PM PDT by PressurePoint (I prefer Milhous anyway)
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To: Gordon Greene
Again, another reason it seems to me that he just needs to open up and let us know what the deal is with the whole Muslim background thing.

I've heard that Muslims mistakenly believe he's Muslim. But I've also heard that some Sunnis hate Shiites and some Shiites hate Sunnis.

So what kind of Muslim do they think he is? And is there a possibility this makes him (or America) the target of radicals from the other Muslim factions?

Again, I wouldn't know since asking about it, mentioning it, or discussing it in any fashion whatsoever is apparently a hate crime.

And since I'm constantly being told I'm "ignorant" of the Muslim culture, why does he shy away from talking about it. Isn't he just promoting my "ignorance"?

31 posted on 06/02/2009 6:54:06 PM PDT by PressurePoint
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To: CodeMasterPhilzar

Can you spell “taqiyya?”


32 posted on 06/02/2009 7:09:59 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (When do the impeachment proceedings begin?)
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To: Type Righter

one clue would be, who paid his way through Harvard - and why

closely guarded state secret


33 posted on 06/02/2009 7:13:40 PM PDT by silverleaf ("Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal ( Martin Luther King))
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To: Gordon Greene; don-o

Get over your BAD self would have been better!


34 posted on 06/02/2009 7:19:59 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: brytlea; don-o

“Get over your BAD self would have been better!”

With the theme from Shaft playing in the background... can you dig it?


35 posted on 06/02/2009 7:25:43 PM PDT by Gordon Greene (www.fracturedrepublic.com - Jesus said, "I am THE way, THE truth and THE life." Any questions?)
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To: Gordon Greene

LOL! I never watched that show, and I STILL know the theme!


36 posted on 06/02/2009 7:28:46 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: brytlea

I actually heard the uncut version of the song... I had to wash my soul out with AJAX.

I never saw the movie either.


37 posted on 06/02/2009 7:40:47 PM PDT by Gordon Greene (www.fracturedrepublic.com - Jesus said, "I am THE way, THE truth and THE life." Any questions?)
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