| Hugh Fitzgerald: On Obama, the First Muslim President of the United States, Islam, and History
| Thursday, February 04, 2016
|“‘Thomas Jefferson’s opponents tried to stir things up by
suggesting he was a Muslim. So I was not the first,’ Obama said,
sparking laughter. ‘No, it’s true. Look it up. I’m in good company.'” — From USA Today on Barack Obama’s visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore, February 3, 2016
Barack Obama paid a visit — his first — to an American mosque today.
He did so in the same feelgood spirit with which he held his first
“Annual Iftar Dinner” in 2010. That dinner prompted a Jihad Watch post
which, considerably modified and enlarged, is reprinted below.
“The first Muslim ambassador to the United States, from Tunisia,
was hosted by President Jefferson, who arranged a sunset dinner for his
guest because it was Ramadan — making it the first known iftar at the
White House, more than 200 years ago.” — Barack Obama, speaking on August 14, 2010, at the “Annual Iftar Dinner” at the White House
Really? Is that what happened? Was there a “first known Iftar at the
White House” given by none other than President Thomas Jefferson for the
“first Muslim ambassador to the United States”? That’s what Barack
Obama and his dutiful speechwriters told the Muslims in attendance at
what was billed as the “Annual Iftar Dinner,” knowing full well that the
remarks would be published for all Americans to see.
and those who helped write this speech for him, and others still who
vetted it, found nothing wrong with attempting, as part of the
administration’s policy of both trying to win Muslim hearts and Muslim
mind and to convince Americans that Islam has always been part of
America’s history, to misrepresent that history.
For the dinner
Jefferson gave was not intended to be an Iftar dinner, and his guest
that evening was not “the first Muslim ambassador…. from Tunisia,” but
in using such words, Obama was engaged in a little nunc pro tunc backdating,
so that the Iftar dinner that he gave in 2010 could be presented as
part of a supposed tradition of such presidential Iftar dinners, going
all the way back to the time of Jefferson.
Read it all here............
|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 10:58 AM