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June 03, 2009

The Emergence of Obama's Muslim Roots

The Emergence of President Obama's Muslim Roots

ABC Political Punch

by Jack Tapper

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."


Wild Thing's comment.......

More and more will be coming out about his being a Muslim, and Obama will also do the same thing. I really believe he is and now doesn't care about the lie that he is not. He got what he be President.....he shows us every day how he has no respect for our country or the citizens even the ones that voted for him.

Published: March 6, 2007 (New York Times)

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 Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as "one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset."


....Thank you so much Richard for sending this to me.

Posted by Wild Thing at June 3, 2009 06:47 AM


It obviously wasn't his paternal family bible. His father was a known muslim. They don't believe in the Bible. And if he was such a committed Christian, why has he only gone to church once since he got into office? Why isn't he praying for guidance? Why does he say such terrible things about America? That's not Christian.

Posted by: Lynn at June 3, 2009 08:18 AM

Obama is a muslim.

Posted by: TomR at June 3, 2009 11:55 AM

I believe the answer lies in the tale of the Trojan Horse, with a tale of a Kenyan born Muslim posing as a Christian. With Rev. Jeremiah Wright of the Trinity United Church of Christ providing the cover (That Christian Trojan Horse).
If the nation wanted a "black" president or vice president so much, it could have long ago turned out en masse by voting for Angela Davis, another Communist, also the first woman to be on a national ticket, or for Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. Why didn't They?
Obama could have just as easily posed as a Jew to distance his true muslim beliefs but that would have cost him a lot of votes in the so called Christian community.
Somebody at Obama's mentoring level knew that. The funding for his grooming was secret. The real message of "Change" was kept secret. Obama's Constitutional qualifications to the office of the U.S. Senate and the presidency have been deliberately obfuscated.
Yet in their Bush Derangement Syndrome, those Communists, Democrats and Republicans voted en masse for the usurper.
That post turtle got there somehow, yet it seems that only a few black owned vehicles still proudly display that Obama-Biden sticker. He is still your chosen leader. You hypocrites voted into office and now you refuse to identify with that choice, preferring to hide in obscurity amongst the rest of us. You disgust true Americans and United States citizens. Communism is inherently atheist, Islam is intolerant of any other faith or the lack of faith, yet you willingly embrace both as inclusive.
Looks like a few of the faithful Obama followers awoke from their drunken stupor and are unsure of their leaders true religion, or their own, whereas the rest have none. Reassure 'em Bin Biden!!!

Posted by: Jack at June 3, 2009 11:58 AM

What a sorry sack of shit! How could this/he happen to my country?

Posted by: SSgt Steve, REAL man at June 3, 2009 03:31 PM

I am still wondering about the 80% of the Liberal Jews in this country who voted for this moslem. We said from the get-go he was a moslem. Everybody in the media said, Oh no he's a Christian, then there was Wright, and Pfleger the wayward Priest as 'Hood' cred's to his faithfulness to the Christian Faith. A Christian doesn't bow to a Saudi King or talk about how wonderful the butchering Moslems are.

What is Stephen Spielberg, Streisand and the rest of the Hollywood Liberals Jews thinking now. Israel has its back up against the Sea, they are surrounded by bloodthirsty moslems, one trying to wipe them off the map and the United States has left the building in favor of the moslems.

Obama is one of them.

Posted by: Mark at June 3, 2009 07:40 PM

Lynn, I agree that is not Christian.

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 4, 2009 12:02 AM

Tom, he sure is and he can deny it but
that would only be yet another of his

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 4, 2009 12:03 AM

Jack,I love that posot turtle story and
it fits soooo much.

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 4, 2009 12:05 AM

SSgt Steve, REAL man, I wisih I knew
I really am sick at heart about all
that has been happening.

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 4, 2009 12:08 AM

Mark, Spielberg, Streisand and others that
vote like they do I will never understand.
They have a lot to answer for and imo are
also enemies of Israel like the PLO, and
they are enemies of Americia too.
Spielberg, Streisand are total jerks.

Posted by: Wild Thing at June 4, 2009 12:11 AM