Is Obama American Enough?

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The good news for President Obama is that this week is likely to be better for him than last week was. The bad news? Last week! A week so bad, as we observed Friday, that the president ended it by clinging to his religion as the media revived the stupid-people-think-he’s-Muslim trope. This, of course, was the result of his decision at the end of the previous week to weigh in on, then run away from, the debate over the Ground Zero mosque.

All week, the professional left hurled accusations of bigotry at the two-thirds or so of Americans who take offense at the idea of a fancy new mosque near the site of the 9/11 attack. But one familiar claim was notable for its absence. Hardly anybody asserted that the growing anti-Obama sentiment was the result of racism against a black president.

Instead, the charges of bigotry tended toward the esoteric, sometimes the downright freakish.Peter “I Pine” Beinart in The Daily Beast:

The GOP’s new heroes are former Muslims like Nonie Darwish and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. That’s one way to escape the new Republican bigotry. Maybe the folks the GOP wants to harass in Arizona should try becoming former Hispanics.

So Israel’s Jewish scourge is now also Islam’s defender against apostasy. We don’t know what Beinart is trying to say about Hispanics; probably his point got lost in the translation to English. But we’ll take this opportunity to point out that in a July Quinnipiac poll, Hispanic New York City residents opposed the Ground Zero mosque, 60% to 19%.

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