Thursday, August 11, 2011
With the world's economy (and quite a few buildings) in flames, and three ongoing and increasingly unsuccessful wars, Barack Hussein Obama took time out from his busy, busy fundraising schedule last night to hold his annual Ramadan dinner for Muslim guests and dignitaries.
The dinner, known as "Iftar" (not to be confused with the film "Ishtar"), comes at the end of an entire day of not eating. A ritual that the multitudes of unemployed in America now call "supper."
Last year, Mr. Obama chose this very special occasion, with his very special friends, to announce his enthusiastic support for a mosque to be erected at Ground Zero in New York. Presumably at this year's celebration, on the cusp of the 10 year anniversary of 9/11, he wanted to announce groundbreaking...but was then informed that it already happened.
Ten years ago.
Update: In his Ramadan speech, the president said "Islam has always been part of our American family, and Muslim Americans have long contributed to the strength and character of our country, in all walks of life. This has been especially true over the past 10 years."
Frankly, we're not quite sure in what ways Muslim Americans have especially increased our strength and character over the past 10 years...but it was a meaningless throwaway line, intended to suck up to the guests and not really be scrutinized.
Obama then mentioned the upcoming anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and eulogized every Muslim American who died on that day. Newlyweds, cooks, waiters, executives, analysts, and first responders.
He did not mention any non-Muslim victims.
He did not say who perpetrated the attacks.
Nor did he address the twin tower-sized elephant in the room: why even bring up 9/11 at this gathering of Muslims if Islam is unrelated to the attacks?
In closing, Barack Hussein Obama said of Muslim Americans: "Across our federal government, they keep our homeland secure, they guide our intelligence and counterterrorism efforts and they uphold the civil rights and civil liberties of all Americans. So make no mistake, Muslim Americans help to keep us safe. We see this in the brave service of our men and women in uniform."
Oh, that's right. Nidal Hussan was in uniform.