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?
“Didn’t I tell you Reba? Didn’t I tell you?!” “You sure told me, Hubert! You sure told me!!“
Update (1.29): (I’m hiding this here)
One of my bosses just wrote on Facebook that Obama was born in Kenya and that a man who was born in Kenya could be president is a sign of the wonderful diversity of this country. Setting aside the fact that he’s no constitutional scholar, does this mean we all get to make fun of CNN-viewing Washingtonians now?