Obama’s mosque visit today should be a Yuge success

posted at 9:21 am on February 2, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

Now that the Iowa caucus is out of the way, Barack Obama will be making some headlines for himself tomorrow as he heads to Baltimore, Maryland. At first glance you might suspect that he’s going there to poke his snoot into the Freddie Gray case, but that’s not the purpose of the visit. The President is making the first official visit of his presidency to a mosque.

President Obama will make the first visit during his presidency to a U.S. mosque, the White House announced Saturday, part of the administration’s push to promote religious tolerance at a time when rhetoric linking Islam with terrorism is growing.

On Wednesday, the president will visit the Islamic Society of Baltimore, a sprawling community center in the city’s western suburbs that serves thousands of people with a place of worship, a housing complex and schools, according to its website.

In an official White House statement, the administration indicated that the visit is intended to “celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life.” That sounds just swell, but the Oval Office team might have wanted to do a bit more vetting of this particular group before scheduling the trip. As the Daily Caller reports, these guys have some ties to less than friendly sources which go back a long way.

An imam who served at ISB for a total of 15 years has also been a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood network and has worked for an Islamic relief group that was designated as a terrorist organization by the Treasury Department in 2004. Mohammad Adam el-Sheikh, who served two stints as ISB’s imam, from 1983 to 1989 and from 1994 to 2003, was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Sudan in the 1970s. He also co-founded the Muslim American Society, a Falls Church, Va.-based group that is controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood.

While in Baltimore, el-Sheikh served as a regional director for the Islamic American Relief Agency. That group’s parent organization is the Islamic African Relief Agency, which the Treasury Department says provided funds to Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, Hamas and other terrorist organizations.

That’s just lovely. Fox News has more on the background, but if you had to make a choice between sending the President there for an official friendship tour visit or the FBI to track down where their money is going, one might think you’d pick the latter. Still, I suppose this is in keeping with the general White House theme of accepting immigrants and pretending that all the attacks around the world (and at home) are just the result of a few bad apples. At PJ Media, Rick Moran identified why this trip is such a clunker of an idea.

It should be noted that all of this disturbing information comes from the Justice Department and not Islamophobic bigots. In short, the president is ignoring the facts dug up by his own law enforcement agencies and will lend credibility to a mosque with obvious ties to groups dedicated to destroying Israel and killing Americans.

Why the Baltimore mosque? It’s not like there aren’t any mosques without ties to extremists in Washington or the nearby Virginia suburbs. The president has left himself wide open to criticism by visiting the ISB. Whatever statement he is trying to make with this visit will be lost in questions about his judgment.

If we were living in less interesting times I might agree with Rick’s last sentence, but we’re not. The “statement” the President wants to make will not be lost among conservatives because they knew all of this in advance and weren’t going to be buying the story line that the administration wants to push. As for everyone else, the media will almost certainly largely ignore the terrorist ties of the ISB and focus on how brave Barack Obama is to battle hatred or whatever the buzzword of the day happens to be. And the President has nothing to worry about to begin with. It’s not like he has to win another election and his base will be all onboard with blaming the NRA for any future terror attacks on American soil. He really has nothing to lose here and he props up the anti-GOP message for Hillary or Bernie as they move forward.

The original version of this article indicated that the Baltimore trip was scheduled for Tuesday the 2nd. It’s actually scheduled for Wednesday the 3rd.

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….does he have his prayer rug?

JugEarsButtHurt on February 2, 2016 at 9:25 AM

That sounds just swell, but the Oval Office team might have wanted to do a bit more vetting of this particular group before scheduling the trip. As the Daily Caller reports, these guys have some ties to less than friendly sources which go back a long way.

An imam who served at ISB for a total of 15 years has also been a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood network and has worked for an Islamic relief group that was designated as a terrorist organization by the Treasury Department in 2004. Mohammad Adam el-Sheikh, who served two stints as ISB’s imam, from 1983 to 1989 and from 1994 to 2003, was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Sudan in the 1970s. He also co-founded the Muslim American Society, a Falls Church, Va.-based group that is controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood.

While in Baltimore, el-Sheikh served as a regional director for the Islamic American Relief Agency. That group’s parent organization is the Islamic African Relief Agency, which the Treasury Department says provided funds to Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, Hamas and other terrorist organizations.

Nah, he’s just visting old friends.

Bitter Clinger on February 2, 2016 at 9:26 AM

Is he dropping off copies of Hill’s emails with the names of CIA agents?

artist on February 2, 2016 at 9:27 AM

My wife asked me the other day why he’s doing this.

My answer: He plans to spend the remainder of his regime trolling his opponents at every turn, because that’s what an immature narcissist does.

CurtZHP on February 2, 2016 at 9:28 AM

Can the WH spell out said contributions to America by Muslims? I was out sick the hour they went over it in 6th grade World History class

stop2think on February 2, 2016 at 9:28 AM

A visit to a mosque, when Islamic terrorists are the number one source of violence in the Western world?
Is this guy some sort of complete idiot?

Don’t bother responding; we all know the answer.

orangemtl on February 2, 2016 at 9:28 AM

I think “my Muslim faith” is the name of a jacket that Mr Obama puts on from time to time. Usually it sits in his closet right next to his “my Christian faith” jacket.

Mr. Obama spent much of his youth in Hawaii under the sometime tutelage of Frank Marshall Davis, who was a Communist Party USA (CPUSA) propagandist. I’m sure by the time Mr. Davis was done, Mr. Obama didn’t have any real religion left in him.

Opiate for the masses as they say.

J_Crater on February 2, 2016 at 9:29 AM

As the Daily Caller reports, these guys have some ties to less than friendly sources which go back a long way.

From Bill Ayers and the Weather Underground to el-Sheikh and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Nice. I look forward to the cultural…uuuhhh…diversity that a million or so new Syrian citizens will bring to America.

Bishop on February 2, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Yeah, the trip is tomorrow, not today. Last time I stay up and try to watch the caucus returns past my bedtime. Updated.

Jazz Shaw on February 2, 2016 at 9:30 AM

He’s not one of us.

fogw on February 2, 2016 at 9:31 AM

I think “my Muslim faith” is the name of a jacket that Mr Obama puts on from time to time. Usually it sits in his closet right next to his “my Christian faith” jacket.

Mr. Obama spent much of his youth in Hawaii under the sometime tutelage of Frank Marshall Davis, who was a Communist Party USA (CPUSA) propagandist. I’m sure by the time Mr. Davis was done, Mr. Obama didn’t have any real religion left in him.

Opiate for the masses as they say.

J_Crater on February 2, 2016 at 9:29 AM

This. I don’t buy for one second that he’s a muslim. (A devout muslim would never host a “beer summit.”) I think he’s amused by the fact that some people believe he is, and he lives for opportunities like this to troll them.

CurtZHP on February 2, 2016 at 9:31 AM

stop2think on February 2, 2016 at 9:28 AM

They made some neat looking clocks.

artist on February 2, 2016 at 9:33 AM

All hail obama, isn’t he awesome
-lsm guaranteed reporting

cmsinaz on February 2, 2016 at 9:33 AM

Obama’s mosque visit today should be a Yuge success

Now that the Iowa caucus is out of the way, Barack Obama will be making some headlines for himself tomorrow as he heads to Baltimore, Maryland

There is a disconnect here.

Happy Nomad on February 2, 2016 at 9:34 AM

Can the WH spell out said contributions to America by Muslims? I was out sick the hour they went over it in 6th grade World History class

stop2think on February 2, 2016 at 9:28 AM

Repurposing kitchen wares such as pressure cookers instead of throwing them into a landfill which would be wasteful.

There’s an episode of “This Old Mosque” on HGTV which shows how they did it.

Bishop on February 2, 2016 at 9:34 AM

****** NUTS!! *******

canopfor on February 2, 2016 at 9:34 AM

“It’s not like there aren’t any mosques without ties to extremists in Washington or the nearby Virginia suburbs.”

You presume facts not in evidence. Scratch any mosque, find an extremist or three.

pat buchanatar on February 2, 2016 at 9:34 AM

There’s an episode of “This Old Mosque” on HGTV which shows how they did it.

Bishop on February 2, 2016 at 9:34 AM

Bishop: It is good to see you————————–:0

canopfor on February 2, 2016 at 9:35 AM

when rhetoric linking Islam with terrorism is growing.

Isn’t that rhetoric more often coming from Islam itself? I mean, exactly who is it who needs to be shown … I’m sure the phrase I’m looking for is in the article somewhere … “religious tolerance”? Yes, there it is.

LashRambo on February 2, 2016 at 9:36 AM

Mark Knoller [email protected] Jan 30

WH says Pres Obama to visit mosque in Baltimore next Wednesday to celebrate contributions of Muslim Americans and stress religious freedom.

https://twitter.com/markknoller

canopfor on February 2, 2016 at 9:38 AM

I’m just counting the days….

bazil9 on February 2, 2016 at 9:40 AM

Still think he’s a narcissistic atheist.

Aizen on February 2, 2016 at 9:40 AM

and stress religious freedom.

Amusing, considering what muslims do to those who leave islam in pursuit of religious freedom.

CurtZHP on February 2, 2016 at 9:41 AM

Out of the Presidents in my lifetime who do I hate the most, Obama or LBJ? That’s a tough question.

claudius on February 2, 2016 at 9:41 AM

Aizen on February 2, 2016 at 9:40 AM

Yep.

artist on February 2, 2016 at 9:41 AM

Out of the Presidents in my lifetime who do I hate the most, Obama or LBJ? That’s a tough question.

claudius on February 2, 2016 at 9:41 AM

Excellent question. They both are horrible.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on February 2, 2016 at 9:43 AM

I thought muslims invented divorce, pork products, inter-racial marriage, and extreme dodgeball using small boulders…..

Indiana Jim on February 2, 2016 at 9:44 AM

Remember this:

“I want to be president of the United States, and I don’t want Obama to be,” McCain said. “But I have to tell you, I have to tell you, he is a decent person, and a person that you do not have to be scared as President of the United States.”

That is why we don’t want an establishment candidate.

batterup on February 2, 2016 at 9:45 AM

Yes, Obama is a Christian…….I believe it…………I believe it…………
You’ll never convince me he is not a Muslim. Maybe that’s why Hillary was so public with her email. Barack would lay out his plans to Hill on email, jihadi’s would read when and where they were to get bombed and they would know when not to be at home when the clusters fell.

Herb on February 2, 2016 at 9:45 AM

In an official White House statement, the administration indicated that the visit is intended to “celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation….

What is he going to do with the other 23 hours and 59 1/2 minutes of the day?

Maddie on February 2, 2016 at 9:46 AM

MeanWhile,…we revisit “Extortion 17”:
————————————–

TEAM SEAL 6 Helicopter ShootDown!!

Families say Muslim cleric disparaged dead Navy SEALS at their own funeral
6:02 PM 05/09/2013
******************

VIDEO:(2:00)

Klayman’s presentation, which a translator present at the press conference helped prepare, claimed that the cleric’s prayer, translated from Arabic, said the following:
===========================================

“Amen. I shelter in Allah from the devil who has been cast with stones.

In the name of Allah the merciful forgiver.
The companions of “THE FIRE”
(The sinners and infidels who are fodder for the hell fire)
ARE NOT EQUAL WITH the companions of heaven.

The companions of heaven (Muslims) are the WINNERS.
Had he sent this Koran to the mountain, you would have seen the mountain prostrated in fear of Allah.

(Mocking the GOD of Moses)

Such examples are what we present to the people, so that they would think.
(repent and convert to Islam)

Blessings are to your God (Allah) the God of glory and what they describe.

And peace be upon the messengers (prophets) and thanks be to Allah the lord of both universes (mankind and Jinn).”
========================

http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/09/families-say-muslim-cleric-disparaged-dead-navy-seals-at-their-own-funeral/

canopfor on May 11, 2013 at 5:20 AM

canopfor on February 2, 2016 at 9:47 AM

That sounds just swell, but the Oval Office team might have wanted to do a bit more vetting of this particular group before scheduling the trip. As the Daily Caller reports, these guys have some ties to less than friendly sources which go back a long way.

Obama knows exactly who is visiting. You’re a damned fool if you believe otherwise. The question is why he is going there. I suspect he thinks he is trolling both his domestic enemies and the nation’s international enemies at the same time. To his mind it’s a terribly sophisticated show of power; to his enemies he’s still the guy that bows to despots and begs for the return of sailors taken in international waters.

M240H on February 2, 2016 at 9:47 AM

WH says Pres Obama to visit mosque in Baltimore next Wednesday to celebrate contributions of Muslim Americans and stress religious freedom.

canopfor on February 2, 2016 at 9:38 AM

Accomplishments like what? Going from a humble madrassa in Indonesia to becoming President of the United States maybe? Seriously, what accomplishments from Muslim-Americans are worthy of celebration? And showing up at a mosque associated with terrorists is hardly the way to celebrate religious freedom. Beheading Christians and blowing up Jews is hardly what is meant by freedom of religion.

But of course, to Obama, the Muslim Call to Prayer is One of “Prettiest Sounds on Earth.”

Happy Nomad on February 2, 2016 at 9:48 AM

The Barefoot President. Now there is a title for a book.

Limerick on February 2, 2016 at 9:51 AM

Just going home finally, after 7 years of pretending to be a Christian

txdoc on February 2, 2016 at 9:51 AM

That sounds just swell, but the Oval Office team might have wanted to do a bit more vetting of this particular group before scheduling the trip.

That is not a bug,it is a feature of the Obama presidency.

Techster64 on February 2, 2016 at 9:51 AM

Still think he’s a narcissistic atheist.

Aizen on February 2, 2016 at 9:40 AM

If you’re a narcissist, you’re your own god. Your god is you.

LashRambo on February 2, 2016 at 9:53 AM

Muslim Call to Prayer One of the Prettiest Sounds on Earth: Obama

bazil9 on February 2, 2016 at 9:53 AM

This. I don’t buy for one second that he’s a muslim. (A devout muslim would never host a “beer summit.”) I think he’s amused by the fact that some people believe he is, and he lives for opportunities like this to troll them.

CurtZHP on February 2, 2016 at 9:31 AM

Wait. You used “devout” and “Muslim” in the same sentence. That could mean anyting interms of lifestyles: rape, incest, murder, rape, pedophilia, executions, rape, lying, rape, etc.

And you think they would get hung up on “beer?” That’s a good one! Please stop! My ribs!

Deckard BR on February 2, 2016 at 9:55 AM

Obama: Muslim Call to Prayer One of the Prettiest Sounds on Earth
Connie Hair
Thursday Aug 19, 2010 3:41 PM
*****************************

http://humanevents.com/2010/08/19/obama-muslim-call-to-prayer-one-of-the-prettiest-sounds-on-earth/

canopfor on February 2, 2016 at 9:55 AM

The Barefoot President. Now there is a title for a book.

Limerick on February 2, 2016 at 9:51 AM

Limerick: That sounds kinda like,…….”Pregnant”!:)

canopfor on February 2, 2016 at 9:56 AM

He’s going there to tell us that we need to be who we are and love all those refuges he’s bringing in. Maybe there’ll be another blizzard and the airport will close. One can dream.

Kissmygrits on February 2, 2016 at 9:58 AM

Well, Bubble Boy has come full circle; from membership in a church extolling ‘tolerance’ in Shitcawgo to a mosque of the ‘Religion of Peace’ in Baldimer.

vnvet on February 2, 2016 at 10:01 AM

Can the WH spell out said contributions to America by Muslims? I was out sick the hour they went over it in 6th grade World History class

stop2think on February 2, 2016 at 9:28 AM

Quite good at demolishing large skyscrapers in dense urban areas. Gave us “0”. (ha. pun)

LashRambo on February 2, 2016 at 10:02 AM

Actually, in a way, Islam did give us Zero, uh, I mean Obama. His father Barack Obama Sr. was already married in Kenya when he came to Hawaii and had sex with 17-year-old Ann Dunham, married her and then went back home to his real wife. In what other tradition besides Islam can a man have more than one wife? Certainly not in the West.

LashRambo on February 2, 2016 at 10:06 AM

“celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation”

The Tsarnaev brothers could not be reached for comment.

chewmeister on February 2, 2016 at 10:06 AM

Can the WH spell out said contributions to America by Muslims? I was out sick the hour they went over it in 6th grade World History class

stop2think on February 2, 2016 at 9:28 AM

That must have been some time ago. Nowadays they make the kids study this for a week.

Pervygrin on February 2, 2016 at 10:06 AM

Obama loves the Muslim Brotherhood.

albill on February 2, 2016 at 10:09 AM

Muslim Call to Prayer One of the Prettiest Sounds on Earth: Obama

bazil9 on February 2, 2016 at 9:53 AM

bazil9: Tru Dats.:)

canopfor on February 2, 2016 at 10:09 AM

Why’s Micheal wearing a hijab?/

S. D. on February 2, 2016 at 10:10 AM

And you think they would get hung up on “beer?” That’s a good one! Please stop! My ribs!

Deckard BR on February 2, 2016 at 9:55 AM

Well, considering how they come unglued at the sight of a woman in anything other than a Hefty bag, I think it’s safe to say they have LOTS of hang-ups.

CurtZHP on February 2, 2016 at 10:12 AM

what accomplishments from Muslim-Americans are worthy of celebration?

Happy Nomad on February 2, 2016 at 9:48 AM

Happy Nomad: Bless’d is the Clock Makers:)

canopfor on February 2, 2016 at 10:12 AM

In an effort to show just how peaceful and fun loving these Muslims really are, Barry should visit said mosque without his Secret Service detail in tow. He should be perfectly safe and have nothing to fear there.

chewmeister on February 2, 2016 at 10:12 AM

part of the administration’s push to promote religious tolerance at a time when rhetoric linking Islam with terrorism is growing.

Right. Blame it on the rhetoric.

Pervygrin on February 2, 2016 at 10:17 AM

My wife asked me the other day why he’s doing this.

My answer: He plans to spend the remainder of his regime trolling his opponents at every turn, because that’s what an immature narcissist does.

CurtZHP on February 2, 2016 at 9:28 AM

I think this is pretty much the truth. Some just keep tossing out that he’s in league with the terrorists, which is absurd. At most, he has this lollipop and gumdrops view of Islam and refuses to believe it condones violence. But I believe his plan will backfire here. The more he does stuff like this, and the more terror attacks that happen, the more the people will question his judgment.

Indefatigable on February 2, 2016 at 10:18 AM

That sounds just swell, but the Oval Office team might have wanted to do a bit more vetting of this particular group before scheduling the trip. As the Daily Caller reports, these guys have some ties to less than friendly sources which go back a long way.

Obama knows exactly who is visiting. You’re a damned fool if you believe otherwise. The question is why he is going there. I suspect he thinks he is trolling both his domestic enemies and the nation’s international enemies at the same time. To his mind it’s a terribly sophisticated show of power; to his enemies he’s still the guy that bows to despots and begs for the return of sailors taken in international waters.

I don’t think he particular cares about their background. I think he is trying to stick it to the GOP and conservatives. But I think his plan will backfire.

Indefatigable on February 2, 2016 at 10:20 AM

Yes, Obama is a Christian…….I believe it…………I believe it…………
You’ll never convince me he is not a Muslim. Maybe that’s why Hillary was so public with her email. Barack would lay out his plans to Hill on email, jihadi’s would read when and where they were to get bombed and they would know when not to be at home when the clusters fell.

Herb on February 2, 2016 at 9:45 AM

I don’t believe he is anything… or he is anything when the need arises. He is not involved in some conspiracy to be in league with terrorists. The Alex Jones garbage needs to stop. He is just incredibly naive about the religion he views through boyhood eyes.

Indefatigable on February 2, 2016 at 10:23 AM

Why’s Micheal wearing a hijab?/

S. D. on February 2, 2016 at 10:10 AM

He’s not. That’s Chewbacca.

chewmeister on February 2, 2016 at 10:32 AM

Other than multiple terrorist attacks, I’m trying to figure out what contributions Muslim Americans make to the country.

chrisbolts on February 2, 2016 at 10:37 AM

Repurposing kitchen wares such as pressure cookers instead of throwing them into a landfill which would be wasteful.

There’s an episode of “This Old Mosque” on HGTV which shows how they did it.

Bishop on February 2, 2016 at 9:34 AM

Ok, that right there is the best comment I have seen in a long time.

Major kudos to you sir!

Where the heck have you been, canoeing again? ;-)

D-fusit on February 2, 2016 at 10:37 AM

Now the question becomes; will he be there when the “Sweetest Sound” plays over the speakers AND what will he do?

Inquiring minds and all that….

D-fusit on February 2, 2016 at 10:39 AM

Can the WH spell out said contributions to America by Muslims? I was out sick the hour they went over it in 6th grade World History class

stop2think on February 2, 2016 at 9:28 AM

No worries. You didn’t miss ANYTHING because there have been no significant/unique contributions [possibly excepting lies, murder and mayhem], and, unless you’ve been in 6th grade during the last, oh, 7 years or so, no one has tried to BS anyone – ie, kids – about it.

RL on February 2, 2016 at 10:45 AM

It’s not like there aren’t any mosques without ties to extremists in Washington or the nearby Virginia suburbs.

You sure about that? Seems like almost every mosque has some sort of extremist link.

William Teach on February 2, 2016 at 10:54 AM

I’m sure ‘Muslim History Month’ is right around the corner.

Cherokee on February 2, 2016 at 10:58 AM

Mooch is a burka babe!

Galtian on February 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM

At the bottom of the mosque’s invitation to our Muslim In Chief, it clearly stated “BYOB”*

*Bring Your Own Bombs

Cheap hosts are the worst, in my opinion.

FlameWarrior on February 2, 2016 at 11:01 AM

This. I don’t buy for one second that he’s a muslim. (A devout muslim would never host a “beer summit.”) I think he’s amused by the fact that some people believe he is, and he lives for opportunities like this to troll them.

CurtZHP on February 2, 2016 at 9:31 AM

Osama Bin Laden was into porn so that premise doesn’t take hold. A lot of “devout” muslims are into all kinds of various infidel stuff. Including drinking beer.

Cherokee on February 2, 2016 at 11:03 AM

Looking forward to Michelle in a burqa…

albill on February 2, 2016 at 11:03 AM

A visit to a mosque, when Islamic terrorists are the number one source of violence in the Western world?
Is this guy some sort of complete idiot?

Don’t bother responding; we all know the answer.

orangemtl on February 2, 2016 at 9:28 AM

Not an idiot at all.
Commenters above dance around the answer (and Bishop goes full-on Astaire), but the reasoning is simple.
Start with the stated desire to show “America’s” tolerance and respect for religious freedom, in the context of the Left’s embrace of Islam and disdain for Christianity. What better message to send to Muslims than for the President go visit a mosque? — which he would not do when his own election was in jeapordy of the backlash that he is deliberately provoking here.
In this manner: if he went to visit a “peaceful” congregation with an imam who has decried the Islamic jihadi terrorists, NO ONE on the right would object; so, no gain there.
By visiting a known terrorist-nexus he gets furious blow-back from the “intolerant” Right for his choice — as is happening.

But with DeMedia running his PR for him, the background of the mosque is suppressed and only the facade is exposed, so he gets points on the Left for tolerance, and the Right once more is just a bunch of RWNJBC’s objecting to the perfectly reasonable Prez.

Finessing his complete reliance on the Dem shills in the news business hasn’t lost him anything yet.

AesopFan on February 2, 2016 at 11:08 AM

He is just incredibly naive about the religion he views through boyhood eyes.

Indefatigable on February 2, 2016 at 10:23 AM

Pretty darned weak. Either he is a “president” [and attends/notes his briefings about the real world], or a [stealth] sympathizer / unprincipled taqiyya opportunist OR a mix of all three [and I’ve seen no one argue effectively against this – though many produce high-RPM spin arguments which on closer examination are devoid of torque].

Such a use of “naive” appears a ludicrous self-defeating attempt to excuse either the fact that he has effectively functioned as a [stealth] sympathizer, and in doing so, has also simply failed to escape his past, i.e., grow up. No genuinely normal “adult” could execute his oath of office while still dominated by such infantile naivety, which at a certain point, ceases to be “naivety” and becomes unbridled evil.

Oh, forgot: It’s what we get when the “Leader of the Free World” appears to learn everything [conveniently] from the news casts and not doing his job by attending briefings.

RL on February 2, 2016 at 11:09 AM

ICYMI , the reason for my hat-&-cane tip above:

Repurposing kitchen wares such as pressure cookers instead of throwing them into a landfill which would be wasteful.

There’s an episode of “This Old Mosque” on HGTV which shows how they did it.

Bishop on February 2, 2016 at 9:34 AM

AesopFan on February 2, 2016 at 11:09 AM

part of the administration’s push to promote religious tolerance at a time when rhetoric linking Islam with terrorism is growing.

Right. Blame it on the rhetoric.

Pervygrin on February 2, 2016 at 10:17 AM

Just following the lead of the Great European Leaders.

AesopFan on February 2, 2016 at 11:10 AM

what accomplishments from Muslim-Americans are worthy of celebration?

Happy Nomad on February 2, 2016 at 9:48 AM

Muslims in general have invented suicide vests, female circumcision, IEDs

preserved ancient customs like stoning and beheading

and discovered airbrakes for planes…like tall buildings

All most worthy of celebrating

txdoc on February 2, 2016 at 11:27 AM

I’d love to hear any feminist trolls (if they’re awake today) comment on the First Lady being required to cover her head, but her husband doesn’t have too.

Nutstuyu on February 2, 2016 at 11:36 AM

Now the question becomes; will he be there when the “Sweetest Sound” plays over the speakers AND what will he do?

Inquiring minds and all that….

D-fusit on February 2, 2016 at 10:39 AM

Hope he’s got some of those movie tears left.

Nutstuyu on February 2, 2016 at 11:38 AM

What would actually make this terrorist-factory visit a beneficial message to Americans would be for Michael/Chewbacca/Sasquatch to say,

“No, I won’t cover my head just because some man says I have to. It’s my body, my choice.”

Nutstuyu on February 2, 2016 at 11:40 AM

Mr. Obama has been supported by Muslim money for quite some time. IIRC, it paid for his Ivy League education.

grumpyank on February 2, 2016 at 11:41 AM

President Bush visited a mosque in DC immediately after 9/11. No big deal. Fearing Islamic terrorists is not Islamophobia, it’s common sense. Islamophobia is a term concocted by a few Muslims to try to control the narrative.

grumpyank on February 2, 2016 at 11:46 AM

Whatever statement he is trying to make with this visit will be lost in questions about his judgment.

Unfortunately not enough people questioned his judgement in 2008.

GarandFan on February 2, 2016 at 11:48 AM

The idiot is going to a MOSQUE to preach RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE – meanwhile in every single Muslim dominated country on the globe Christianity is being oppressed, most of the time violently. In the cases where it is not violently oppressed, the threat of violence is used along with financial oppression.

Not to mention that in every Muslim dominated country the criticism of Islam is punishable, usually by pain of death.

The rights of women are restricted.
Religious law (shariah) is the basis for Case Law.
Freedom of speech is not allowed.
Freedom of assembly is not allowed.
Freedom of religion is not allowed.
Homosexuality is not allowed.
Consumption of alcohol is a crime.
Marijuana is a crime.
Abortion is not allowed.

So, essentially, every single democrat public policy platform is either punishable by death or some lesser but still extreme penalty – and yet somehow “Liberals” will stand there in the middle of a MOSQUE and talk about how white Christian Americans need to learn to be more tolerant.

Truly, Orwell is spinning in his grave as if on a spit.

KMC1 on February 2, 2016 at 11:54 AM

I’d love to hear any feminist trolls (if they’re awake today) comment on the First Lady being required to cover her head, but her husband doesn’t have too.
Nutstuyu on February 2, 2016 at 11:36 AM

Not a feminist, but I’ll give it a shot: the question isn’t “Why must she cover her head going into a mosque,” it’s “Why isn’t she required to cover her face everywhere else she goes?”

Maddie on February 2, 2016 at 11:55 AM

The Mooch looks about right in the rags.
He looks like he’s waxing about the last Hawaii vacation…..just catchin’ some rays man and blowin’ some choom.

Sgt Stryker on February 2, 2016 at 12:16 PM

Once you accept the true premise that this Manchurian president is not with America, but rather, against it, everything he does makes perfect sense.

awake on February 2, 2016 at 12:19 PM

He plans to spend the remainder of his regime trolling his opponents at every turn, because that’s what an immature narcissist does.

CurtZHP on February 2, 2016 at 9:28 AM

Good answer.

Fallon on February 2, 2016 at 12:36 PM

Pretty darned weak. Either he is a “president” [and attends/notes his briefings about the real world], or a [stealth] sympathizer / unprincipled taqiyya opportunist OR a mix of all three [and I’ve seen no one argue effectively against this – though many produce high-RPM spin arguments which on closer examination are devoid of torque].

RL on February 2, 2016 at 11:09 AM

Or he is someone who was incredibly unprepared for the job of POTUS and also seems to believe that he is more intelligent than most in seeing what is “really” going on. I think he sees Islam as a few bad apples poisoning the batch of his childhood rose-colored view of things. Sometimes you wake up and see what is reality. He does not, unfortunately, and it clouds his judgment. That is not someone who learns, but someone who already believes he knows the facts before assessment.

Indefatigable on February 2, 2016 at 12:37 PM

… the visit is intended to “celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life”.

Oh that’s just brilliant, jugears. Reaffirm the importance of religious freedom by importing a religion that has as its fundament premise the complete prohbition of religious freedom.

Cleombrotus on February 2, 2016 at 12:51 PM

That sounds just swell, but the Oval Office team might have wanted to do a bit more vetting of this particular group before scheduling the trip.

What makes you think they didn’t do adequate vetting, Jazz? This is exactly the folks they want to promote.

a time when rhetoric linking Islam with terrorism is growing.

Funny way the WaPo spells “facts”. Is that one those “style book” things?

“celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life.”

Maybe it’s my pathetic history education or just the bigots I grew up around, but I can’t point to any contributions by muslims in America that are that great. Kareem Abdul Jabar and Muhammad Ali come to mind, I guess. Oh, and Cat Stevens. Kahlil Gibran?

J_Crater on February 2, 2016 at 9:29 AM

0bama’s only god is himself.

GWB on February 2, 2016 at 12:51 PM

RL on February 2, 2016 at 11:09 AM
Or he is someone who was incredibly unprepared for the job of POTUS and also seems to believe that he is more intelligent than most in seeing what is “really” going on. I think he sees Islam as a few bad apples poisoning the batch of his childhood rose-colored view of things. Sometimes you wake up and see what is reality. He does not, unfortunately, and it clouds his judgment. That is not someone who learns, but someone who already believes he knows the facts before assessment.

Indefatigable on February 2, 2016 at 12:37 PM

Thanks for the civil response. Certainly you’re in great part correct about the “[un]preparedness” aspect. A clear lack of critical thinking skills based on a second rate IQ and reliance on the Big Lie with affirmative action laziness, immunity and ethical turpitude – allowing oneself become a cheap, unprincipled pawn – can go a long way in reinforcing such a lack of preparedness.

The problem for many of us – as borne out over the past 7 years [perhaps prior to that, but we’ve been prevented from learning significant details there] – is how one could be ostensibly “unprepared” and yet behave so consistently as a sympathizer, oath breaker, and, in his own words, all while acting as one “with something to hide”?

At a certain point, “ineptitude” or “unpreparedness” becomes malice.

RL on February 2, 2016 at 12:57 PM

I look forward to the cultural…uuuhhh…diversity that a million or so new Syrian citizens will bring to America.

Bishop on February 2, 2016 at 9:30 AM

I look forward to the target-rich environment.
And, it’s nice to see you back.

In what other tradition besides Islam can a man have more than one wife? Certainly not in the West.

LashRambo on February 2, 2016 at 10:06 AM

Wait, I thought Romney was the Mormon president-to-be? ;)

As to the idea of trolling his opponents, I tend to agree. AesopFan give it the best explanation.

GWB on February 2, 2016 at 1:04 PM

This is to be expected. Obama is simply handshaking his foreign policy (anything to appease Islam) with a key component of his domestic policy (anything to appease Islam). The fact it has muslim brotherhood henchmen stench only adds to Obama’s globalist street cred with the jihadis. And not because he’s a muslim, but a marxist with an eye on international power brokering via the U.N.

This meglomaniac is just getting started….

locomotivebreath1901 on February 2, 2016 at 1:18 PM

Let me save everyone some time this is what Obama will say…,
Christians are horrible bloodthirsty people, Muslims are peace loving people oppressed and mistreated by the world but especially America. I will do everything in my power to bring tens of millions of Muslims to the US to show those horrible racist bigots and quickly turn the US into a Muslim sharia hellhole

Caseoftheblues on February 2, 2016 at 1:29 PM

first “official” visit

cptacek on February 2, 2016 at 2:52 PM

Thanks for the civil response. Certainly you’re in great part correct about the “[un]preparedness” aspect. A clear lack of critical thinking skills based on a second rate IQ and reliance on the Big Lie with affirmative action laziness, immunity and ethical turpitude – allowing oneself become a cheap, unprincipled pawn – can go a long way in reinforcing such a lack of preparedness.

The problem for many of us – as borne out over the past 7 years [perhaps prior to that, but we’ve been prevented from learning significant details there] – is how one could be ostensibly “unprepared” and yet behave so consistently as a sympathizer, oath breaker, and, in his own words, all while acting as one “with something to hide”?

At a certain point, “ineptitude” or “unpreparedness” becomes malice.

RL on February 2, 2016 at 12:57 PM

I think it is his upbringing and thinking that are the true problems.

People of his upbringing are of the thinking that the West and its ways having helped destroy the world and brought about the poverty and despotism we see in places.

The truth is that, regardless of race, the Western notions that evolved based off of Judeo-Christian thought are the principle reason for the advances of the world. Equality, freedom, free markets, etc. Great ideas borne out of believing that a man should be free to determine his own path even if that runs contrary to what others think (and does not bring harm to society or individuals in general). Now, has the West always lived up to these ideals? Of course not. But the failures don’t mean the ideal is flawed.

This is the opposite of where Obama and many liberals think. They believe that there is no superiority of any set of ideals and that to judge one set as inferior is belittling and destructive. But no one can honestly argue that the Islamic view of freedom and rights is favorable to how we in the West view them.

When you’re raised to believe that the West is the problem, rather than trying to offer the best solutions (if in a flawed way sometimes), then you cannot help but view the rest of the non-Western world as victims.

Indefatigable on February 2, 2016 at 3:45 PM

Make sure The First Lady know her Place in ceremony (out of sight out of mind).

MSGTAS on February 3, 2016 at 6:29 AM