Obama caves to Romney embraces free speech of critics of Islam.
Listen very carefully…until this moment on Air Force One, Obama fought against the rights of any American to criticize Islam. Today, he conveniently discovered free speech.
Read this news item. My comments are at the end.
President Barack Obama used Air Force One to conduct a policy loop-de-loop Wednesday, asserting in a CBS interview that he supports Americans’ right to criticize Islam, following almost 18 hours of determined condemnation from Team Romney and damaging news from Egypt and Libya.
“We believe in the First Amendment,” Obama told CBS’s Steve Kroft during an interview arranged days earlier.
“It is one of the hallmarks of our Constitution that I’m sworn to uphold, and so we are always going to uphold the rights for individuals to speak their mind,” he said, according to a transcript narrated by White House spokesman Jay Carney.
The transcript was released several hours after Obama had a Rose garden statement to condemn criticism of Islam.
Carney read the transcript during an impromptu press conference aboard Air Force One as it carried Obama to a fundraiser in Las Vegas.
In another concession to critics of his outreach to Islamist groups, Obama also backed away from Egypt’s Islamist government, which he has supported throughout 2012.
“I don’t think we would consider them an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy,” Obama said in an Sept. 12 interview with the Spanish-language channel Telemundo.
Here is my take: Up until today, Obama did not believe in free speech when it comes to Islam. He admitted this long ago when he said, “I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.” In other words, he would abuse his power as president to censor criticism against Islam.
This explains so much of his behavior. Remember with the mass murderer at Fort Hood screamed “Allah, Allah Akbar” over and over again as he was shooting fellow soldiers? Obama’s initial reaction was, and I quote, “let us not rush to judgment.”
His initial reaction to the Embassy attack was this, “The United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.” The fact is we are free as Americans to denigrate any religion. He has not only benefitted from that right but has exercised it himself. Bill Maher who gave him a million dollars and a host of his base viciously attack Christianity all of the time! Obama himself was a religious denigrator when he referred to, “those people who cling to their religion and guns.”
Don’t believe the media about any major firestorm against Romney. The firestorm is against Obama’s shameful reaction to the death of American diplomats, at the hand of Radical Islam on of all days, 911. He feels the heat and conveniently discovered free speech.