Skip to comments.GOP Aide: [Obama Supporting Ground Zero Mosque] 'Will Drive Middle America Crazy'
Posted on 08/14/2010 1:44:20 PM PDT by dselig
Good Saturday morning. Its going to be one of the most memorable and debated statements of President Obamas first two years in office. Remember how much attention was lavished on his remarks about the Cambridge cop-prof confrontation? Well, this is bigger -- whether you think it constitutes Obama delivering on his status as a breakthrough figure on American history, or whether you see it as a breathtaking act of elitist arrogance.
PLAYBOOK FACTS OF LIFE: Its either what you always hoped about Obama, or what you always suspected about Obama.
In remarks the White House embargoed for 8:30 p.m., the president said at an Iftar dinner (a community meal to break the fast during Ramadan in the White Houses State Dining Room: Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. (Applause.) And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan. (Full passage below.)
Key Republicans think the president bought himself a heap of trouble by sounding off on such an emotional issue after his White House had said it wasnt going to get involved in a local controversy. (A
Mayor Michael Bloomberg got great national press for insisting that we would be untrue to the best part of ourselves and who we are as New Yorkers and Americans if we said no to a mosque in Lower Manhattan.
But three months before midterms so close and consequential they constitute a national election, the president is coming out on the minority side of an issue where the country isnt narrowly split. A CNN poll released Wednesday asked: As you may know, a group of Muslims in the U.S. plan to build a mosque two blocks from the site in New York City where the World Trade Center used to stand. Do you favor or oppose this plan? Favor: 29% Oppose 68%. Full results (8-page PDF) http://bit.ly/bfMtZi
Heres a peek at our e-mail as Washington reacted:
--A top White House official, on whether there was internal debate or if this was just something the president wanted to do: Nope, he was crystal clear. This was a bedrock American principle, and however inconvenient, there was no way he, as President of the United States, could or would duck the question."
--EXCLUSIVE -- Michael Gerson, former top adviser to George W. Bush e-mails: "An enormously complex and emotional issue -- but ultimately the right thing to do. A president is president for every citizen, including every Muslim citizen. Obama is correct that the way to marginalize radicalism is to respect the best traditions of Islam and protect the religious liberty of Muslim Americans. It is radicals who imagine an American war on Islam. But our conflict is with the radicals alone.
--A congressional GOP aide: Im not sure how much they read Gerson outside of D.C.
It doesnt make it right or reasonable for people to be upset about this. But the reality is those headlines are provocative because injecting himself into this New York-based, 9/11-charged issue is a provocative act. Those headlines are not going to play well in Peoria.
I havent seen any [statements] from members. Im surprised the mosque doesnt have marks all over it from all the 10-foot poles."
Obama had a chance to side with the victims or 9/11 or to side with the people who were responsible for it. Or he could have simply kept quiet. He did not chose to side with the victims. This was not a very smart thing to do.
Could be a 5-10 percentage hit in the polls before the week is over.
Wrong Mr. Gerson. Alan Keyes got it right: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2570626/posts
Let’s see it come November.
Nothing but DhiminiCRAPs voted out of every race; U.S. House, U.S. Senate, Governors, State Houses, State Senates, any DhiminiCRAP running anywhere for anything goes in the Loser Column after the vote.
However zero is headed off on a 10 day vacation to Marthas Vinyard - his poll numbers have always improved when he’s off vacationing
In other words, One-Termer believes that MooSlimes have a RIGHT to commit another disgusting 9/11-type atrocity on American soil. What a disgraceful piece of sh*t this subversive scumbag is.
After leaving the White House, Gerson wrote for Newsweek magazine for a time. On May 16, 2007, Gerson began his tenure as a twice-weekly columnist for the Washington Post. His columns appear on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Gerson, a conservative, has repeatedly criticized other conservatives in his column and conservatives have returned the favor. One of Gerson’s first columns was entitled “Letting Fear Rule”, in which he compared skeptics of President Bush’s immigration reform bill to nativist bigots of the 1880s
Conservative opponents of the bill such as Power Line deemed Gerson’s column insulting and an effort to demonize opponents
Hid election should have horrified middle america. I live in nyc and people are freaking pissed off.
Former top advisor to George W. Bush. Of course he got it wrong. Obfuscate, bloviate, prevaricate. That's the way to be a compassionate conservative right?
congressional GOP aide: = freaking out of touch wuss
Does anyone on this thread know of the long poem about the cossack and the muslim, who were involved in a fight to death? It was written years ago and is very insightful.
REPUBLICAN PARTY, YOU NEED TO BE CAPITALIZING ON THIS!!
Dickie Morris doesn't think so:
"And they will compound the damage by vacationing in Martha's Vineyard after her return from Spain. We already know how that plays in the polls."
Hmmmm... I strongly support the right of property owners to use their property as they see fit, provided they don’t violate the rights of others.
On the other hand, the precedent is that local communities have the power to veto certain usages and activities. The generic term is zoning laws. So either zoning laws are valid, and can be applied in this case, or they are not and must be universally and categorically rejected anywhere and everywhere.
To me, the most shocking thing here is the spectacle of a committed socialist-progressive coming out in favor of property rights. The Left should impeach Obama for such a thing!
I’ve never heard of it, but if you have a link I’d love to read it.
Another Bush RINO. The only reason I ever voted for any Bush was the chioce I was presented with.
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