“Suddenly Obama has Muslim Roots” by Steven Edwards

During the U.S presidential campaign, Barack Obama’s handlers vigourously pointed out his Christian faith whenever the misconception arose he may be Muslim (even though the politically correct response should have been his religion doesn’t matter).

The handlers also roundly denounced any conservative commentator who might mention (mischievously, admittedly) his Arabic middle name, Hussein.

They charged that such usage was “fear mongering.”

Once elected, however, he personally insisted on his middle name being spoken at his swearing-in ceremony.

And now – in a gesture to the Muslim world – he has not only granted the first sit-down interview of his presidency to a pan-Arab television network, but uses the occasion to gush about his Muslim ties.

“I have Muslim members of my family. I have lived in Muslim countries,” Obama tells Hisham Melhem, the Washington bureau chief of Saudi-owned Al Arabiya, which is based in Dubai.

Indeed, Obama’s Kenyan father, Barack Sr., was born into a Muslim family – though he became an atheist before arriving in Hawaii, where Obama Jr. was later born.

Obama also famously spent four years as a boy in Indonesia – the world’s most populous Muslim country.

All that’s fine, except why was no one allowed to talk much about it before he snagged the Electoral College majority?

Obama’s unprecedented decision to shun American domestic networks over his first sit-down appeared aimed at sending a signal to the Muslim world that his administration marks a distinct break with that of George W. Bush.

Like we didn’t get that message from his pledge to close the detention camps at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba without so much as a plan for where he’ll transfer its terror suspects.

But much of the interview, broadcast Tuesday, offered troubling stuff for anyone who believes the West isn’t to blame for the Islamic world’s wrath.

Obama agreed with Melhem’s inference that Bush’s use of terms like “war on terror” and “Islamic fascism” demonized all Muslims.

“I think you’re making a very important point, and that is the language we use matters …” Obama said.

“We cannot paint with a broad brush a faith as a consequence of the violence that is done in that faith’s name.”

True. But there was nothing particularly Bushist about the “war on terror” term, and a helpful Wikipedia entry explains how it dates at least to the 19th century.

Obama confirmed he intends to address the Muslim world from a Muslim capital during the first 100 days of his presidency, but resisted Melhem’s bid to know which one.

Of course, the smart money is on the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, while you can pretty much rule out Baghdad.

“You’re going to see me following through with dealing with a drawdown of troops in Iraq, so that Iraqis can start taking more responsibility,” he said.

Obama explained he is going to educate people in both the United States and the Muslim world on how to get along.

“My job is to communicate to the American people that the Muslim world is filled with extraordinary people who simply want to live their lives and see their children live better lives,” he said.

“My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy.”

So that’s the simple formula we’ve been we’ve been missing. Stay tuned to the new president for a couple of deftly worded, and theatrically delivered speeches – and centuries of Western-Islamic division will miraculously disappear.

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4 Responses to ““Suddenly Obama has Muslim Roots” by Steven Edwards”

  1. Beth says:

    Seems to me as though Obama loves the one’s he’s with…………when he wanted to be elected, he stayed clear of the subject of his muslim roots and said he was a Christian. I wondered how long it would take for the subject of Islam to raise its head……looks like it took only about a week. How bout that?!

  2. Beth says:

    And on another note………….he said “My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy.” Obama is placing himself in awfully high regard here if you ask me considering Muslims are taught that the enemy is anyone who doesnt believe in their “god”…….does he really think the Muslim world will take his word over the word of allah???? I am betting they dont.

  3. Patrick says:

    Were you to take Bush’s word, or McCain’s word above your God’s? Nope, but they weren’t your enemies.

  4. Greg P says:

    Hey, Obama can now use his buddy, former IL Guv Blago to assist him. He needs a gig and he can lie through his teeth without moving his lips.

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