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Obama issues special Hajj message to world's Muslims


(UPDATE: A news video update on the Hajj has been added below.)

Statement by the President on Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha, as provided by the White House

Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to all those performing Hajj this year, and to Muslims in America and around the world who are celebrating Eid-ul-Adha. The rituals of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha both serve as reminders of the shared Abrahamic roots of three of the world’s major religions.

During Hajj, the world’s largest and most diverse gathering, three million Muslims from all walks of life – including thousands of American Muslims – will stand in prayer on Mount Arafat. The following day, Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha and distribute food to the less fortunate to commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son out of obedience to God.

This year, I am pleased that the Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with the Saudi Health Ministry to prevent and limit the spread of H1N1 during Hajj. Cooperating on combating H1N1 is one of the ways we are implementing my administration's commitment to partnership in areas of mutual interest.

On behalf of the American people, we would like to extend our greetings during this Hajj season – Eid Mubarak.   ###

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Obama is such a creep, remembering Muslims and not Americans or Christians.

Funny! He can not say anything to the Christians.

And to those of you planning to blow yourselves up, taking as many women and children with you as possible, have a great holiday season...until the explosives ignite.

Unless you are >80 years old I wouldn't worry about the swine flu. What hype for slightly worse than a cold. 65,000 deaths world wide my foot.

we will never forget.

It's nice to have a President who shows respect for all people.

This Thanksgiving I am thankful to the American people for making the right choice on November 2008!

What is with Obama's messages to Muslims? I don't recall other presidents doing this. Enlighten me, what is going on?

correct me if i'm wrong, but i can't recall Obama issuing a similar message to us Jews around the world for our High Holy Days; can you???

Remember this top making news story. On the 25th of next month look for an equal news story wishing Christians the same.

Just keep looking if you don't see it, im sure it'll be there. . .

The President of the World! Oops, except for American taxpayers, or policemen doing their jobs, or cable news organizations who don't worship properly, or families who lost loved ones on 9/11, or capitalists, or the unborn, or patriots, or doctors or the U. S. Constitution.

2010 is right around the corner. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

His message is a wise move. It reinforces his earlier message to the Muslim world that we all share a desire for peace. It helps sever and break away the Muslim factions who would commit violence and hatred. President Obama has more foreign relations savvy in his little finger than the State Department under Bush/Cheney. Thank God we have a President who is respected by the people of the country.

Obama is the man... smart in doing these types of things so the terrorists have nothing to recruit more terrorists with.. I am so glad that we have a wise leader for a change who cares for his country and realizes what needs to be done given the situation!! that's what a great leader is!!!!

Very gracious (and savvy) of Mr. Obama. Thank you for your kind words.

In reciprocation, on behalf of all Muslims to the people of America, we too would like to extend our greetings during this festive season and wish you Eid Mubarak, and a very happy Thanksgiving.

Isn't it comforting that Nancy's Quota Puppet continues to scrape, bow, grovel and cater to the Religion of Peace?

This piece of garbage makes me sad that America has decided to commit suicide through stupidity.

Let us hope he serves only one term is sent away in disgrace and takes all his trash with him into oblivion.

Obama Thank you very much for your wishes. In return wish you a merry Christmas.

To Marvin and Herman, you two are idiots, plain and simple...

Herman: "Thank God we have a President who is respected by the people of the country."

I'm thinkin' not so much, myself. Respect is something that is rightfully earned. You don't get there by pretending... everything...

To herman: I would expect someone with the name of herman would say what you did in your post.

You know, some of the people who have commented already are really proving that "bitter, clinging to guns and religion" line that you so hated during the election. funny.

lets see if Obama the dirty muslim lover honors the jewish holiday like he just did for the PIG muslims

his true colors showing, it's more important for him to pay homage to 1.2B subhuman vermin.

So, is Obama going to give Americans an address about Thanksgiving? Does he even know the true history of this holiday, or for that matter, of America?

Making an address to the Muslim world on behalf of all Americans is a very bad move, and sends the wrong message. In fact, it is Obama's way of giving the finger to the United States. He is a master of the insulting gesture, and nothing he does is coincidental.

The Muslim world does NOT share a desire for "peace" with the rest of the world. The Islamic notion of "peace" simply means when all the world has been subjected to Islam. And Obama knows it.

Obama is a complete and utter fraud, and is proving himself to be a fool on the world stage.

Gee ... you "Christians" are pretty hateful and petty. Looks to me like you have more in common with Muslims than you'd like to admit.

Once a muslim, always a muslim.

What the heck? He could have left out ". . . on behalf of the American people . . ." part as far as I am concerned. What's this nonsense about our Health and Human Services department partnering with the Saudi government to prevent H1N1 flu? Yeah, like we have a few extra billion dollars just laying around HHS to hand over to give vaccine to a bunch of religious nuts who hate everything America stands for. Yet, most Americans are not allowed to get the vaccine -- too old, too healthy, too something.

Thanks a lot, don't add good wishes from America when your wishing muslims a happy anything, those people want us dead.

Obama is a muslim -- does he want to see America wiped off the face of the earth, too?

What a slap in the face to those men and women killed in action against these muslims -- it makes my skin crawl to think he stood at the side of a fallen soldier and saluted. Then, he has the gall to wish these freaks a happy "whatever." What kind of monster is he? If what Obama is doing isn't planned to make more people hate this jerk, it might be that he's just a totally clueless moronic idiot.

Go stuff yourself for Thanksgiving, President Turkey.

Obama did something similar for the Jewish High Holidays.

Complaining that he is not saying anything to Christians is remarkable. First those in the super-majority should feel secure, don't you think? Second, would it not be absurd if in a Christmas message he directed words to Muslims? Quit bellyaching, stop acting like a victim.

An American embarrassment - Barack Obama.

Great to hear Obama speak about Muslim's Hajj.

I may not be a muslim but I would like to appreciate President Obama's Couragious speach to the muslim world.

This kind of speach is the speach that some of those who claim to be the world leaders are afraid of issuing or in some cases unwilling to issue beause of some political issues;
leadership is not about the position you occupy, leadership is quality in action.

Let every KNOWLEDGE and PEACE seeking bieng discard the media selective reporting as the basis for their judgment.

Come on, you can't write a dissertation with media compilation, niether can it create a body of knowledge. Let us all remember, media uses selective reporting approch.

Let's embrace peace world

Great President Obama, lead us on.

@DAVEGOOD57: Obama did send a Passover message, yes.

@Laurie Rayphole: Obama did send a Thanksgiving message, addressed to all Americans.

He also made a statement about Albanian Independence Day. That's what world leader do.

Every time I see a photo of all those savages at Hajj, it reminds me of where ground zero should have been.

I am so sick of this PC crap.... Happy Hajj ?! Islam is fundamentally a religion of intolerance...anyone ever hear of Sharia law? How does THAT relate to our so called "common" judaeo-christian ( abrahamic roots )? Islam is only a religion of peace and tolerance considering OTHER muslims. They see it as their mission to either convert or murder everyone else. And guess what people? They are moving to the US in droves, building mosques eveywhere...and trying to use our nation's so called "tolerance" of them to slowly infiltrate and destroy our nation from within. Islam is NOT compatible with democracy. PERIOD! So, let's stop pretending it is compatible, and ,do what we need to do to protect OUR way of life.

Obama should be in Mecca with them.


I respectfully disagree with you on your points made and I quote:

"President Obama has more foreign relations savvy in his little finger than the State Department under Bush/Cheney. Thank God we have a President who is respected by the people of the country."

First, lets get the little problem of respect out of the way: Nope, don't see it -- any where across the web. In fact his approval ratings are headed for the down hill side of the expert ski run -- if you know what I mean?-- if he's not careful he's going to hit a tree.

Second, him having more foreign relations savvy in his little finger than the State Department under Bush/Cheney, again: Nope.
1. He has placed tariffs on Chinese tires to please a union who whined that people (with no jobs) were not buying American manufactured tires. (Bush placed a tariff on clothing made in China to please the textile workers union. Oops, guess Obama has less than his little finger in savvy.)
2. China's currency continues to be kept artificially low by the Chinese government in order to increase the trade deficit. I don't recall him doing or saying anything about this very serious concern on his bowing and scraping trip to Asia. (Bush, also said nothing to the Chinese government nor did he bow and scrape-- now down to the second joint of that little finger -- his savvy is less than what you thought.)
3. The bowing and scraping thing: His blundering embarrassed Japan so severely they refused to show his genuflection to the emperor on television. (There are bows and then there are bows. The fine art of bowing is so intricate in Asia, especially in Japan and China that the body language used, takes years to perfect and it was clearly evident that Obama never practiced that kind of bowing before.)
4. The Chinese government lectured him on sound fiscal policy and implyed America better shape up or no more loans. (The Chinese never lectured Bush on Anything -- lets see, Obama has lost that little finger -- so I guess the rest of his intellectual knowledge or savvy on foreign policy is suspect.)

Or are you trying to say that he has foreign policy savvy because:
1. He sends a happy little message to the muslim world on the US's behalf. (If you are not aware of this yet, I don't want to shock you, but we are in a war with those terrorist being protected by Saudi Arabia and who, by the way, if you are not muslim, want you dead, too. I don't recall Bush ever sending happy little messages to the muslims we were at war with, except the ones where he promised to find those who caused the 9/11 tragedy.)

2. Back to the scraping, bowing, and apologizing. Obama bowed and kissed the feet of some Middle Eastern head of state, and apologized for America. (Not a good idea when your country is at war with the terrorists being protected by that Arab country. Again, I don't recall, Bush ever doing that -- knowing how the American people feel about these terrorists.)

I would respectfully have to say that Mr. Obama has no foreign relations savvy, because if he did, we would not have this much ammunition to show that he has no clue about foreign policy. Sadly to say the State Department appointed by him, is just as clueless as he is.

What an embarassment. I am thankful we live in a Country that will have an opportunity to recify the HUGE mistake it made last November in 3 years.

If all Americans new that this guy they were electing was
going to turn into this big a greasebucket, he would never have been elected !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What kind of President do we have ? He is ashamed of the Cross , won't stop bowing to other leaders and sends "holiday greetings" to the Muslims that hate our Nation and the freedom it stands for. I am so thankful this Thanksgiving that I did not vote for this misguided man.

Okay dokey, Americans.

How long will you refuse to see the true nature of the man you elected as president and refuse to understand the historical significance of Marines being called Leathernecks?

In view of the waves of muslims invading Europe and increasingly the USA, I think you might want to learn you history on this point.

God save us from this person!

you people are ridiculous, he is trying to appeal to the muslim world because americans in general are ignorant of it, reading some of the comments on this board are proof of that. Muslims did not attack america, al-qaeda terrorists using islam in the wrong way to justify their attacks were.

Jihad is not about war, its about self-struggle, struggling to be obediant to God against the temptations to sin. Go read a damn book instead of listening to fox news...

Obama is playing the political part of his job, he is trying to strengthen the already fragile ties between the middle east and the united states.

what i don't understand is why people sit here and blame the choices of a few on the whole religious group. Islam is the second largest and fastest growing religion in the world. They as a whole are not responsible for the attacks on this country. Get a life...

All Christians are not blamed for the one wacko that shot a doctor performing a LEGALLY SANCTIONED operation in the middle of CHURCH.

Stop being hypocrites and get informed. although i guess as the saying goes, ignorance is bliss. if that's the case you can continue to blame your problems on the world instead of taking responsibility and becoming an informed and involved citizen...

For all you Islamophobes out there, get over yourselves. You're clearly racists and bigots. This country is a pluralistic one welcoming immigrants since the day it was born. Show some respect for your countrymen and your elected president. The country nor the world is American Christian/Jew centric....and that is certainly not going to change.

Good God, can you believe The President of the United States reaches out to Muslims but not American Christians? I can hardly wait to vote this dude and his ilk out of office, his baloney slicing and lies are all too obvious. Obama claims he is a Christian? On what day would that be, dude? Oh, yeah, on the day before election day, we remember...

You have got to be kidding! Hey so-called can't even get the H1N1 here in the USA unless your prioritized (!) and you're going to help the people who have twisted their so-called religion into death squads? This is why your election is a farce. Stolen by sham votes by ACORN ans SEIU thugs. Why don't you stop pretending and declare your true beliefs so the REAL American people can vote you out of office (the Redistribution Ilk are NOT Americans, they are Commies). Oh...and next Memorial Day...your hand goes over your Heart during the National Anthem...

I'm a bit confuse. I thought today was Thanksgiving Day. A day where Americans recall and thank God and our forefathers for there struggle and determination to establish a nation with freedom and rights for all its people no matter what their color , ethnic origin , religion or sex.

Althought the sentiment might be considered admirable , today is not the time to remember Eid-ul-adha day. You are our President of of our United States or did you forget that while stumble over how to engratiate yourself to the Muslim nations of the world. I didn't see any Saudi official wishing us a Happy Thanksgiving Day.
It appears that Mr. Obama might be preparing us to change Thanksgiving day next year to Eid-ul-adha day and have us watch the masses of Muslim believers marching in Mecca instead.( no women please). NFL football watchout.
Looking ahead to the super bowl , I wonder what we might expect for the half time show this year.

Mr. Obama appears to feel free to bow to the all the peoples and nations of the world but seems to have forgotten his own people ,his own nation, his own family.

Poor, Poor, Poor - Is Nevil Chamberalin in the Obama Family Tree ?

Advice for the future.

Study Islam.

The Muslims are out to destroy the world, I think that is pretty obvious by now.

That Obama is nothing if not politically correct.

Thank God we have a President who is respected by the people of the country.

Posted by: Herman | November 26, 2009 at 12:15 AM
You clearly have NOT been reading blogs and comments on news. Obama's PR people, secretary of protocol, or something has been out to lunch since he took office.

Wow. He just keeps amazing me with his blatant disdain for traditional, Christian Americans. I can't wait for 2010 and 2012. Keep up the good work, Eid Mubarak!!

Just who in the h*** does he think he is to issue this on behalf of the American people? I, for one, DO NOT send my greetings to these people. This from a man who could not participate in the National Day of Prayer!

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