Barack Obama. Lost in Smallness, once again Barack Hussein Obama proves to be “TOXIC” to Democrats. Who said Obama was a “Great Communicator”?
No sooner did the words come out of PresidentBarack Hussein Obama’s mouth Friday night at a White House dinner honoring the beginning of the the Islamic Holy month Of Ramadan, where ”The One” supported the right for a mosque to be built near Ground Zero in NYC, that the outrage from Republicans and more notably Democrats ensued. Democrats are now outraged and concerned that Obama’s mosque comments have now forced them into the national political debate over a mosque being built near Ground Zero. Democrats must now defend how a President agrees with only 20% of the American people.
Drip, drip, drip … Obama may just have cost Democrats more seats in the House , Senate and Governor’s races.
Obama’s comments placed him in the middle of the controversy over a Muslim group’s plans for a mosque near the site of the 2001 attack — and in turn, transformed an emotion-laden local dispute in New York into a nationwide debate overnight.
And Democrats — at least some who were willing to comment — could barely contain their frustration over Obama’s remarks, saying he had potentially placed every one of their candidates into the middle of the debate by giving GOP candidates a chance to ask them point-blank: Do you agree with Obama on the mosque, or not?
That could be particularly damaging to moderate Democrats in conservative-leaning districts, already 2010’s most vulnerable contenders.
Barack Obama then contradicted himself from Friday nights comments by saying he was only commenting on the right to build a mosque, not the wisdom in doing so. Really, were not we told that Barack Hussein Obama was a great communicator and orator like Reagan and Lincoln? Without a prepared speech or teleprompter, seems like this President is a lost soul. As NROpoints out, Obama’s mosque comments may be the dumbest thing ever said since Dukakis and flag burning.
But on Saturday, Obama seemed to contradict himself, telling reporters at one point, “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. That’s what our country is about. And I think it’s very important as difficult as some of these issues are that we stay focused on who we are as a people and what our values are all about.”
Teachable moment? For who, Obama? US Rep Martin Frost (TX-D) was not at a lost for words discussing Obama and his ill advised comments. Democrats must now defend Obama’s mosque comments which will not play well in the midterm elections.
“I would prefer the president be a little more of a politician and a little less of a college professor,” former Rep. Martin Frost (D-Texas), who once ran the House Democratic campaign arm, wrote in POLITICO’s Arena. “While a defensible position, it will not play well in the parts of the country where Democrats need the most help.”
UPDATE I: Can this message from Obama get any worse or more confusing? Obama says his comments are not an endorsement of the mosque. A second clarification has been served up from the Obama gang Who Could Not Shoot Straight, to make a clarification of the clarification of the Obama mosque comments. Great Communicator, eh? Usually when one needs to begin a press briefing by stating, “just to be clear”, there is no clarity.
That impromptu answer to a TV reporter covering his trip to Florida prompted a second attempt to clarify his initial statement, this time from spokesman Bill Burton.
“Just to be clear, the president is not backing off in any way from the comments he made last night,” Burton said. “It is not his role as president to pass judgment on every local project. But it is his responsibility to stand up for the Constitutional principle of religious freedom and equal treatment for all Americans. What he said last night, and reaffirmed today, is that if a church, a synagogue or a Hindu temple can be built on a site, you simply cannot deny that right to those who want to build a mosque.”
White House officials later said that Obama was simply saying that since there was no local ordinance that would prevent construction of the mosque, he believed local officials made the right decision to allow it to go forward.