Friday, February 5, 2016

Obama visits U.S. mosque, emphasizing that 'we're one American family'

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 29:  U.S. President Barack Obama speaks on the 7th Anniversary of signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, at the White House January 29, 2016 in Washington, DC. In 2009 President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, na
President Obama joked about being “in good company” as a president who’s been rumored to be a Muslim, pointing to such claims about Thomas Jefferson in his address at the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Wednesday. The speech came after the first visit of Obama’s presidency to a U.S. mosque and after he met with American Muslims, including an athlete who has qualified for the upcoming Olympics.
Naturally, Obama’s visit drew attacks from the right-wing media, which claims that the Islamic Society of Baltimore has ties to terrorists because of an imam who left the organization in 2003 and once belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood of Sudan (a group he left in 1992) and similar outrages. 
In his speech, Obama repeatedly emphasized that Muslim Americans are woven into the fabric of American life and history, saying that “we’re one American family,” citing the existence of Muslims in America throughout the nation’s history, and calling for inclusion of Muslim characters in television shows in roles not limited to national security plots.
Calling for “moral clarity,” Obama issued an impassioned denunciation of groups like ISIL, highlighting such groups’ killing of fellow Muslims and saying that “the best way for us to fight terrorism is to deny these organizations legitimacy and to show that here in the United States of America, we do not suppress Islam. We celebrate and lift up the success of Muslim Americans. That’s how we show the lie that they’re trying to propagate. We shouldn’t play into terrorist propaganda.” 
Obama also said a few things guaranteed to make right-wing heads explode. After quoting letters from Muslim-American teens, he said that “These are children just like mine, and the notion that they would be filled with doubt and question their place in this great country of ours … that’s not who we are.” No doubt that “these children are just like mine” will reappear in a thousand conspiracy theories … exactly making Obama’s point.
“May God’s peace be upon you, may God bless the United States of America,” Obama said in closing.
you know i live in DC just a few miles from the capitol and i smell smoke could it be from republicans hair being on fire.  making America great is a challenge it's a nuance that includes things one party refutes like you know tolerance and adhering to the true Jesus teachings, speaking of which if Pres. as a Muslim he is a very bad one he only mentions God in his reflections of a personal nature about religion.

waiting for the spin you knowit's coming they don't mention her name without his trying to create some kind of auto suggestion of a third Obama term which is really great idea.