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Obama Salutes Muslims Preparing for Ramadan

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Posted on Aug 21, 2009
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President Obama released a video greeting Friday to Muslims in America and abroad to commemorate the start on Saturday of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and reflection for members of the Islamic faith. “These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings,” the president said, drawing parallels to his own Christian faith.  —KA

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By ardee, October 31, 2009 at 8:12 am Link to this comment

nd oh yes, dear, dear little Ardee, I feel fine.
I was feeling down, but I just popped into my time machine and went to the future. There, a nice barefoot doctor from my local Chappaquidicare Commisariat explained to me how it was disloyal and racistic to fear for our glorius future, so I signed the form that I was now better. Problem solved. See you all in the future, Comrades!!!
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Kaydog’s fictions are entertaining. A pity that she isnt clear at all on her beliefs.

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By kaydog, October 26, 2009 at 11:52 am Link to this comment
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Folktruther. I just pray that you’re right. Your words give me hope, and the strength to go on…..
Ozzie, you can’t have a “racial backlash against Muslims” inasmuch as they aren’t a “race”. Islam is a religion. I realize it may seem a strange idea to you “progressive statists”, but calling absolutely everyone who disagrees with you a racist only works if you’re talking about ideas of the President, because then, of course, any hint of disagreement is surely blatant racism…...
And oh yes, dear, dear little Ardee, I feel fine.
I was feeling down, but I just popped into my time machine and went to the future. There, a nice barefoot doctor from my local Chappaquidicare Commisariat explained to me how it was disloyal and racistic to fear for our glorius future, so I signed the form that I was now better. Problem solved. See you all in the future, Comrades!!!

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By Blockwatch, August 25, 2009 at 10:43 am Link to this comment
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Paralells to his what now?

I think we’ve all come across situations in life where we’ve had to take that
extra step and reach out to whack someone for a past grievance - Since 9/11

Blah blah..progress, mumble..tolerance..for a classically trained liar that
whopper was walk in the park.- Brooklyn ‘salutes’ too, and offers a big fat
Yankee pinstriped promise..“we got your ‘great satan’ hangin’ right here!”

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By ozzie12590, August 25, 2009 at 5:59 am Link to this comment

Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t… If he said nothing, someone would come out of the woodwork and complain. When you’re President, you just can’t win…

I think we’ve all come across situations in life where we’ve had to take that extra step and reach out to someone for a past grievance. Since 9/11, the United States has been in a “fight against terrorism” targeted at Muslim extremists. I have seen and heard the racial backlash against Muslims from people who I wouldn’t normally consider racist. The President wanted to reach out to the Muslim World to let them know the United States is a global neighbor, one who works with other countries and not one who isolates itself like the previous Administration.

I’m sure the President’s own life experiences played a role in creating the video. He spent part of his childhood in Indonesia, where the majority of the population is Muslim. Although he is a Christian, he respects Islam, as well as other religions. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for many other people in this country.

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By ChaoticGood, August 25, 2009 at 1:35 am Link to this comment

Obama is talking with people around the world and treating them with respect.  I think that is the adult, responsible thing to do.  Maybe a little “Adulthood” might be just the thing for America to try out.

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By ardee, August 24, 2009 at 3:13 pm Link to this comment

Kaydog

Are you feeling all right?

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By kaydog, August 24, 2009 at 11:39 am Link to this comment
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Oh!, I just remembered this: A Catholic, a Jew, and President Obama were out in a rowboat…...no, wait,.....this doesn’t work. There’s no Muslim in the rowboat….

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By kaydog, August 24, 2009 at 11:32 am Link to this comment
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Golly, I was so busy celebrating the release of the Lockerbie Bomber that I clean missed all the cool things with justice and TOLERANCE and stuff that they’re doing. (He was ‘innocent,’ but the whole country turned out to support him anyway.)
Say, wait a minute! A real Obama speech always starts out with an apology for our existance as Americans and then a reference to the ‘previous administration!’ Are you sure this is really him?

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By Folktruther, August 23, 2009 at 8:18 am Link to this comment

This type of Obama powerbull is a major reason that the ruling class funded him for office.  The American power system has a long and intense history of homicidal racism against non-White people, currently against the Muslim people to steal their oil reserves.  the reaction of a billion and a half Muslims has been so intense that Obama’s function is to try to deceive them the way Dems in the US are deluded by his rhetoric.

So we have the soaring rhetoric of Obama simultaneously with bombing Muslims at weddings, funerals, in their homes and in their villages.  Since the Gops and Dems have a bipartisan homicidal foreign policy, with the Dems adovocating a kinder, gentler mass homicide of men, women and children, it is appropriate that it be disguised by the US’s routine duplicity to disguise its barbarity.

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By DarthMiffy, August 23, 2009 at 1:21 am Link to this comment

Jeepers, let President Obama salute who he feels appropriate.
Perhaps he has no connection with Japan, Myanmar, Jains, Taoists, etc.?

Do YOU salute every variation of whatever in your life?

You know, everyday there are celebrations for just about everything under the
sun. Check out Wikipedia for the Salutations du Jour.

Pick your favourites.

Go there.

Leave everyone else in peace.
—-x—->

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By Jim, August 22, 2009 at 10:39 pm Link to this comment
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Mr. Obama should get off this preferential treatment for muslims?

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By Political Insurgent, August 22, 2009 at 9:33 pm Link to this comment

LOL.

I’m fasting right now, so I can’t say everything I mean, so I’ll just say…Dear Mr. President…eat my shorts. And go with God.

Ramadan Mubarak.

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By ardee, August 22, 2009 at 5:43 am Link to this comment

DanMorgan06, August 22 at 3:05 am #

This will certainly not antagonize the toters.
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I assume this was not a typo, if not, brilliant.
Obama seems determined to paint himself a uniter, determined to allow bipartisan efforts doom his Presidency as well.

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By shamsery, August 22, 2009 at 4:36 am Link to this comment

It will not make them happy too.

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, August 22, 2009 at 3:18 am Link to this comment
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He never salutes Buddhists, Hindus, Taoists, Sikhs,
Confucists, Zorastrians, or Jains.  Never.  What will
it take, war with India, Japan, Myanmar, and China?  As
a black man he should try to be more inclusive.

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By DanMorgan06, August 22, 2009 at 12:05 am Link to this comment

This will certainly not antagonize the toters.

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