Since Obama has taken office he has basically had two things on his mind. Catering to Islam and spending every penny that he can get his hands on. Both of these actions are being used to take down America as we know it. In regards to him promoting Islam, he has giving an extremely pro-Islamic speech in Cairo, made a Ramadan video in which he stats that Islam is about justice and tolerance, and on Tuesday night the White House will be hosting a Ramadan dinner celebration. The guests include prominent figures from the most oppressive Islamic countries in the world. Obama and his guests will have a lot in common.
September 1, 2009
The White House Celebrates Ramadan
By PETER BAKER
President Obama will hold his first White House dinner celebrating the Muslim holiday of Ramadan on Tuesday night as part of his effort to rebuild American relations with the Islamic world after years of strain.
The dinner follows in the tradition of former President George W. Bush, who held eight Ramadan dinners in office to stress that America’s war with violent extremists was not a war with Islam. Despite that outreach, Mr. Bush became a polarizing figure to many Muslims, in large part because of the Iraq war and his staunch support for Israel.
Mr. Obama, while adopting a similar message of respect for the religion of Islam, has none of the baggage of his predecessor and some distinctive advantages that aides hope give him credibility. While the president is a Christian, he comes from a family that includes Muslims, and he spent several years as a child growing up in a Muslim country, Indonesia. His opposition to the Iraq war and his tougher stance on Israel also contrast with Mr. Bush’s policies.
Among those invited to the White House on Tuesday night are the ambassadors from most major Muslim countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq and Turkey, as well as envoys from nations with significant Muslim populations like Israel, Germany, India, Britain and France. Also on the invitation list is the chief of mission of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
Besides the president, the administration will be represented by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services. Senator Richard G. Lugar, Republican of Indiana, and Representatives Andre Carson, a Muslim from Indiana, John Conyers of Michigan, Keith Ellison, a Muslim from Minnesota and Rush Holt of New Jersey, all Democrats, are expected as well.
Among the community members invited are Lt. Cmdr. Abuhena Saifulislam, a Navy officer who has given the prayer at Mr. Bush’s Ramadan dinner, and Jameel Jaffer, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union who has been giving the White House fits with a lawsuit that has forced it to release secret documents on C.I.A. interrogations and detention.
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