2007: Obama Prophesies “The Day I’m Inaugurated Muslim Hostility Will Ease” Frighteningly Ignorant!

While a presidential candidate in 2007, our now security briefing-averse President made the case for himself by confidently pronouncing he was uniquely qualified to stabilize America’s relationships in the Muslim world. Why? Because he lived in an Islamic country when growing up and his half-sister is Muslim. (Thanks to Breitbart for the video.)

Then-Senator Barack Obama’s bragging interview on New Hampshire Public Radio on November 21, 2021 (inked above):

The day I’m inaugurated, not only the country looks at itself differently, but the world looks at America differently … If I’m reaching out to the Muslim world they understand that I’ve lived in a Muslim country and I may be a Christian, but I also understand their point of view … My sister is half-Indonesian. I traveled there all the way through my college years. And so I’m intimately concerned with what happens in these countries and the cultures and perspective these folks have. And those are powerful tools for us to be able to reach out to the world … then I think the world will have confidence that I am listening to them and that our future and our security is tied up with our ability to work with other countries in the world that will ultimately makes us safer.

Tear gas! Molotov cocktails! Rocket propelled grenade launchers! Rocks and concrete chunks! Battering rams! Obama effigies! Bin Laden posters! Blood! Murder! Death to America! In just three days, violence and riots have spread like wildfire to a total of 20 Muslim countries spanning North Africa, through the Middle East, and into Southeast Asia.

Obama’s prognostication was frighteningly ignorant.

FOX News’ Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum report this morning on the spreading violence in Tunis, Tunisia:

FULL-BLOWN crisis ongoing in Middle East:

With an effigy of Barack Obama in the background, Afghans shout anti-American slogans in the Ghanikhel district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 (PHOTO - Rahmat Gul/AP)

Smoke billows overhead as thousands of demonstrators massed outside the U.S. embassy in Tunis, Tunisia and several were seen climbing the outer wall of the embassy grounds, an Associated Press reporter on the scene said. An American school, next to the embassy, was burned to the ground. Sept 14, 2021 (AP Photo: Amine Landoulsi)

An Egyptian protester flashes the victory sign next to a burning police car during clashes near the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Sept 13, 2012. (PHOTO - Khalil Hamra/AP)

Protesters rage at the U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Sept 13, 2012. (PHOTO Hani Mohammed:AP)

A branch of Hardee’s and Kentucky Fried Chicken, visible symbols of Americanism, were set on fire in Tripoli, Lebanon during anti-US protests on Friday,Sept 14, 2012. (PHOTO - KeystoneUSA-ZUMA / Rex Features)

Followers of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr burn the U.S. flag during a demonstration against the U.S. in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Sept 13, 2012. They are demanding the closure of the U.S. embassy. (PHOTO – Karim Kadim:AP)

See more incredible photos here.

Does Obama believe his “unique” background absolves him from being an active, listening, questioning participant in daily security briefings? WaPo’s Marc Thiessen weighs in:

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NO RESPECT: Team Obama Gets Political on 9/11

Most Americans’ hearts are heavy this morning as they remember one of the most tragic days in US history. As a nod to our need for a day of reflection and remembrance, both campaigns have suspended television ads.

Evidently, though, the political hiatus — for Team Obama — does not apply to Twitter.

The first tweet from our President on 9/11 is all politics:

The first tweet from our President’s top campaign stooge gets dirty:

Compare this with the tweet from soon-to-be President Romney:

Keep it classy, Team Obama.

UPDATE: An email from First Lady Michelle Obama this morning is also politics as usual.
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Mitt Romney Opposes Florida Pastor’s Plan To Burn Korans On 9/11

Pastor Terry Jones

Mitt Romney has added his voice to the growing chorus of people who oppose a Florida pastor named Terry Jones who plans to burn copies of the Koran on September 11, 2010.  Here’s what the former governor of Massachusetts had to say about this issue:

“Burning the Quran is wrong on every level,” the former Massachusetts governor said in a statement to POLITICO. “It puts troops in danger, and it violates a founding principle of our republic.”

However, Mitt Romney has taken a slightly different stance than some who advocate that the Pastor be prevented from burning the Korans:

While Romney was critical of the idea, he did not line up with those who have suggested that Jones should not be permitted to carry out his plan.

Romney’s critique echoes that of Gen. David Petraeus, who said the planned burning would endanger military personal stationed in Muslim countries.

I believe that Mitt Romney has taken the correct approach on this issue. What the Florida pastor is doing IS putting our troops in extra danger.  Muslim extremists are already using this as a rallying cry to motivate their supporters and protests have already erupted in certain parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Moreover, burning the Koran has the possibility of putting American civilians at risk both at home and abroad.

The consequences will not only put American troops and civilians in harm’s way, but it will also be huge set back for those who wish to see religious freedom in the middle east. The consequences will last long into the future. Geoff Tunnicliffe, a prominent voice in the World Evangelical Alliance, explains the long term consequences of Pastor Terry Jones’ act:

“Here’s the reality: That video will never go away,” Tunnicliffe said. “It will be so detrimental to our work with religious liberty around the world. Everywhere I go around the world I will have to address this for years to come.”

He also taken the right approach in not supporting the idea of allowing some kind of intervention to prevent Pastor Terry Jones from burning the Korans. The reason why is that in America, there will always be tension between free speech and freedom of religion. However, that tension is what makes America so great.

As a Mormon myself , I don’t like it when someone intentionally desecrates the Book of Mormon.  As a result, I totally understand the feelings that Muslims feel by this Pastor’s plans to burn the Korans. However, as much as the act of seeing a Book of Mormon dragged on the ground bothers me, the man has a right to do so. Personally, I think what the Pastor is doing is incredibly stupid. And, as stupid as the Pastor’s desire to burn the Korans maybe, it’s his right to do so.

Governor Romney understands the Jihadist threat

On the 8th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I thought it would be informative to see what Governor Romney had to say about the Jihadist threat during his last campaign. I’ve quoted it below from his “Strategy for a Stronger America” policy statement (emphasis mine). Not surprisingly, he was spot on, and continues to have a clear understanding of what we are up against.

CHALLENGE: Jihadism – violent, radical, fundamental Islam – is this century’s nightmare. It follows the same dark path as last century’s nightmares: fascism and Soviet communism.

Many still fail to comprehend the extent of the threat posed by radical Islam, specifically by those extremists who promote violent Jihad against the United States and the universal values Americans espouse. Yet the Jihad has been with us for some time.

Radical Islam has one goal: to replace all modern Islamic states with a worldwide caliphate while destroying the United States and converting all nonbelievers, forcibly if necessary, to a fundamentalist form of Islam.

Merely closing our eyes and hoping that Jihadism will go away is not an acceptable solution. U.S. military action alone cannot change the hearts and minds of hundreds of millions of Muslims. In the end, only Muslims themselves can defeat the violent radicals. But we must work with them. The consequences of ignoring this threat – such as a radicalized Islamic actor possessing nuclear weapons – are simply unacceptable.

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: “Today, we face a new generation of challenges, globally and here at home.  We will do as Americans have always done: we will rise to the occasion.We have all that we need.We have technology, technology that would have been beyond the imagination of our grandparents.We have national wealth. And most important, we have the heart and passion of the American people - always the greatest source of our strength as a nation.” (Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The
George Herbert Walker Bush Presidential Library, 4/10/07)

GOVERNOR ROMNEY: “I think many of us still fail to comprehend the extent of the threat posed by radical Islam, by Jihad. Understandably, we focus on Afghanistan and Iraq. Our men and women are dying there.We think in terms of countries, because we faced countries in last century’s conflicts. But the Jihad is much broader than any one nation or nations. Jihad encompasses far more than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For radical Islam, there is an over-arching conflict and goal - replacing all modern Islamic states with a caliphate, destroying America, and conquering the world.”
(Governor Mitt Romney, Remarks At The George Herbert Walker Bush Presidential Library, 4/10/07)