On the wings of ABC’s article on Obama’s Muslim roots, we get an idea of what this week will be like for the Obama White House. No matter how successful his outreach is received in the Arab world, the juvenile center of the Republican right intends to run Robert Gibbs around the track. Segue to Pres. Obama’s statement on French TV, as reported by the Jeff Zelney of the New York Times, that has the right blogsphere in a tailspin.
OBAMA: …What I want to do is to create a better dialogue so that the Muslim world understands more effectively how the United States but also how the West thinks about many of these difficult issues like terrorism, like democracy, to discuss the framework for what’s happened in Iraq and Afghanistan and our outreach to Iran, and also how we view the prospects for peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
Now, the flip side is I think that the United States and the West generally, we have to educate ourselves more effectively on Islam. And one of the points I want to make is, is that if you actually took the number of Muslims Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world. And so there’s got to be a better dialogue and a better understanding between the two peoples. ..
It will be telecast in a wide variety of languages on our White House Web site, whitehouse.gov. And my hope is, is that as a consequence you start seeing discussions not just at the presidential level, but at every level of life. And I hope I can spark some dialogue and debate within the Muslim world, because I think there’s a real struggle right now between those who believe that Islam is irreconcilable to modern life and those who believe that actually Islam has always been able to move side by side with progress…
Greg Sargent attempts to explain how the statement was made and what it meant, with Steve Benen joining in on the task. This exercise only matters in America, where the defensive crouch on all things Muslim and Islam, especially where Barack Hussein Obama is concerned, is always on a hair trigger. A liberal attempt at translation just comes off as defensive. It’s also not required, because last time I looked Mr. Obama is doing just fine over there.
In the Arab world, as well as in France where there is a significant Muslim population, Pres. Obama’s message was far simpler than is being described. It’s at its core a reach out saying that American Muslims are alive and well and Pres. Obama welcomes them, because they’re a significant force, also stating the broader population in this country needs educating on Islam.
As if to prove his point, the right wing circus kicked into action immediately (via Memeorandum).
Power Line: “Robert Gibbs Call Your Office… In what sense can any rational person consider the United States to be a Muslim country?
Gateway Pundit: It seems like it was just yesterday that Dr. Dobson was attacking Dear Leader for his “fruitcake distortion of the Bible.” Now we know why.
Roger L. Simon completely cracks over it, trying his own hand at translating Obama: We also know what dhimmi law is… and taqqiya. For those of you who have missed it, here is a definition of taqiyya – again from Wikipedia: The word “al-Taqiyya” literally means: “Concealing or disguising one’s beliefs, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions, and/or strategies at a time of imminent danger, whether now or later in time, to save oneself from physical and/or mental injury.” A one-word translation would be “dissimulation.” The WikiIslam defines it as “sanctified hypocrisy.” That is Barak Obama to a T.
“The Astute Bloggers,” a name that is the essence of oxymoronic goes full tilt wacky with a photo on this occasion.
America for all its glory isn’t very cosmopolitan. If the last eight years have taught us anything, in fact, it’s that parts of our citizenry revel in ignorance, in the elitism of Americanism or bust. It’s what led to 9/11; this ignorance of how we impact the world and how our western tunnel vision no longer serves this nation in the 21st century.
As a side note, it’s not an accident that the moment Pres. Obama touches down in Saudi soil we hear from Osama bin Laden. The timing reveals the real fire inside this mass murderer, which begins in Saudi Arabia, the home country that exiled him, where the grudge he carries has flared again on the occasion of the American President’s trip. He’s irrelevant.
Instead of explaining Pres. Obama, just wait and see.