That’s the round-up on this teacup of rhetorical dogpiss Gaffney throws at the President: ‘you sound so much like a Muslim, you must be one.’ An attempt of vigorous laziness.
GAFFNEY: America’s first Muslim president?
During his White House years, William Jefferson Clinton — someone Judge Sonia Sotomayor might call a “white male” — was dubbed “America’s first black president” by a black admirer. Applying the standard of identity politics and pandering to a special interest that earned Mr. Clinton that distinction, Barack Hussein Obama would have to be considered America’s first Muslim president.
Oh Lord. This stinks to hell–let’s get this straight from the beginning. President Clinton was called that for a couple of reasons. Wiki:
In writing about the impeachment in 1998, [Toni] Morrison wrote that, since Whitewater, Bill Clinton had been mistreated because of his “blackness”:
“Years ago, in the middle of the Whitewater investigation, one heard the first murmurs: white skin notwithstanding, this is our first black President. Blacker than any actual black person who could ever be elected in our children’s lifetime. After all, Clinton displays almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald’s-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas.”
The phrase “our first Black president” was adopted as a positive by Bill Clinton supporters such as on September 29, 2001, when the Congressional Black Caucus honored the former president at its Annual Awards Dinner in Washington D.C., with the chair, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex.), telling the audience that Clinton “took so many initiatives he made us think for a while we had elected the first black president.”
It was black folks that said it. It was the way they felt, that’s the origin and the essence of the nickname. I’d say they’d have a pretty good case in defending the term from their perspective, being black and all. And ‘identity politics’ is divisive and racist, so this would be the opposite, right? This would be something like ‘non-identity politics’, where the previously perceived differences between races break down so that they can’t be used for political gain.
Frank Gaffney ain’t Muslim, for sure. And he’s an ‘identity-politics’ player to the nth degree: he’s gonna try to tie the new/old phrase around Obama’s neck and hang him straight away.
This is not to say, necessarily, that Mr. Obama actually is a Muslim any more than Mr. Clinton actually is black. After his five months in office, and most especially after his just-concluded visit to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, however, a stunning conclusion seems increasingly plausible: The man now happy to have his Islamic-rooted middle name featured prominently has engaged in the most consequential bait-and-switch since Adolf Hitler duped Neville Chamberlain over Czechoslovakia at Munich…
Hitler in paragraph two — *ding* — we’re done right? We can all go now? And I thought you just said you weren’t saying ‘Obama actually is a Muslim’, so how can there be any bait-and-switch? Frank? Or Frankie? Let me take a tiny guess, you’re going to now try to ‘prove’ that he is…?
With Mr. Obama’s unbelievably ballyhooed address in Cairo Thursday to what he calls “the Muslim world” (hereafter known as “the Speech”), there is mounting evidence that the president not only identifies with Muslims, but actually may still be one himself.
How fucking stupid do you think people are, Frankie? So you’re not saying ‘Obama actually is a Muslim’, but you are saying ‘the president not only identifies with Muslims, but actually may still be one himself.’
There are a grand total of three sentences in between the two contradictory statements. Does the Washington Times carry even a single editor? That can read? Read the Washington Times?
Consider the following indicators:
• Mr. Obama established his firsthand knowledge of Islam (albeit without mentioning his reported upbringing in the faith) with the statement, “I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed.” Again, “revealed” is a depiction Muslims use to reflect their conviction that the Koran is the word of God, as dictated to Muhammad.
• Then the president made a statement no believing Christian — certainly not one versed, as he professes to be, in the ways of Islam — would ever make. In the context of what he euphemistically called the “situation between Israelis, Palestinians and Arabs,” Mr. Obama said he looked forward to the day “. . . when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them) joined in prayer.”
This is ridiculous. This is the most Muslim-people savvy President in the history of the country, and thank Allah for that. Because he grew up in Indonesia, the 5th largest country and the largest Muslim country on the planet, he is aware of their ways, traditions, beliefs and language.
In a much anticipated speech at Cairo University, in an effort to build a ‘new beginning’, Obama would be a fool not to use his experience and knowledge to his and America’s advantage. It just proves how smart the President is.
Gaffney, on the other hand, would surely prefer to have George W. Bush challenge the angry and distrusting Muslim world to ‘bring it on’. From the safety of the White House, of course. Brilliant.
In the final analysis, it may be beside the point whether Mr. Obama actually is a Muslim. In the Speech and elsewhere, he has aligned himself with adherents to what authoritative Islam calls Shariah — notably, the dangerous global movement known as the Muslim Brotherhood — to a degree that makes Mr. Clinton’s fabled affinity for blacks pale by comparison…
Now THERE’S some ‘identity politics’. Obama loves foreign Muslims better than the ‘First Black President’ likes American blacks. Thank you Frank J. Gaffney, Junior Douchefellow at the Dogwhistle Institute for Racial Harmony.
ADD: I thought I remembered this Gaffney from somewhere. This is what he does – he divines the intentions of the sneaky President…