‘Let me be clear,” Pres. Barack Obama said at Friday night’s iftar dinner at the White House before making what nearly everyone took to be a deeply felt endorsement of the Ground Zero mosque. “Obama Strongly Backs Islam Center Near 9/11 Site,” was the New York Times headline.The definitive article on Obama's latest meaningless string of words.
“As a citizen, and as president,” Obama said, “I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable.”
With the backlash already in full swing, President Obama “clarified” his remarks on Saturday, saying, “I was not commenting, and I will not comment, on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding.”
If this was his meaning all along, he could have stipulated on Friday that he wasn’t taking a position on “a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan” and saved the headline writers at the New York Times and every other newspaper in the country from being misled.
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