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Obama mosque stance hurting, Gallup finds, as Americans disapprove of it and him

Democrat president Barack Obama walks off Air Force One somewhere new

President Obama busily continued his five-state cross-country political money collection tour today.

But he took time out to declare that he has "no regrets" about his firm statement of support for a new mosque and social center near the site in New York City of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Shortly after, Gallup released a new overnight poll showing, however, that many Americans have regrets that their president made that statement.

The new survey found that among the 57% of Americans with an opinion, 37% of Americans disapprove of the Democrat's mosque comments. Twenty percent support them. Another 41% said they don't yet know enough to have an opinion.

Two-thirds of Americans told Gallup they are paying a great deal or fair amount of attention to the mosque issue, which Gallup suggests is playing a role in Obama's overall approval this week falling to 41%, the lowest level of his 19-month presidency.

Of course, Obama's not on any ballot for the Nov. 2 midterm elections.

But many Democrats worry that disapproval of him, his administration, controversial legislative agenda and now a mosque could cost them control of at least one house of Congress.

The party of presidents under 50% approval in midterm years usually suffers severe....

Democrat president Barack Obama speaks at White house Iftar dinner in the White House 8-13-10 supporting a new mosque near 9-11 Ground Zero site

...congressional losses. And another Gallup Poll earlier this week shows the Republican lead on the generic congressional ballot has grown to seven points, its largest this year.

We published the full text of Obama's remarks, as usual.

Friday night at a sundown White House Iftar dinner celebrating the breaking of the day's Ramadan fast, Obama said Sept. 11 was a traumatic event, that he supported America's religious freedoms and "that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances."

The next day criticism of Obama's mosque statement mounted. House Republican Leader John A. Boehner said:

The decision to build this mosque so close to ground zero is deeply troubling, as is the president’s decision to endorse it. The American people certainly don’t support it. The fact that someone has the right to do something doesn’t necessarily make it the right thing to do. That is the essence of tolerance, peace and understanding.

Former Republican Gov. Sarah Palin asked:

Mr. President, should they or should they not build a mosque steps away from where radical Islamists killed 3,000 people? Please tell us your position. We all know that they have the right to do it, but should they?

In Florida on another vacation, Obama attempted to clarify by saying: "I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there." Later, however, aides said the president was not back-pedaling on his dinner statement.

Gallup's overall approval polling, which includes the first two days of fallout after the mosque statement, would appear to confirm that Americans heard him supporting the idea.

This afternoon ABC News reported that mosque supporters said they would need $100 million for the development and would not rule out accepting funds from Iran, Saudi Arabia and other nations.

Exactly why an already embattled U.S. president would voluntarily insert himself into what had been a local controversy, thereby poking the country's still-tender Sept. 11 scars and raising a Muslim place of worship to a divisive national campaign issue, has puzzled many political observers. Especially since there is another mosque just 12 blocks from the site.

On the other hand, if people are arguing about a possible mosque near ground zero, they're not debating the responsibilities of Obama and his large Democratic congressional majorities for the stubbornly stagnant economy, high unemployment rates and deficits, which previous polls showed were their most vulnerable political points heading toward November.

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-- Andrew Malcolm

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The Victory Mosque is just the visible tip of a very large iceberg. Beneath the surface of Western societies, Muslims are waging a campaign of infiltration, subversion, sedition and social sabotage, with the openly stated objective of destroying our countries and way of life from within.

Oh, I see I misread. The 41 percent is not a subset of the 57 percent. So, 37 percent disapprove. Still hardly enough to suggest this is the prevailing opinion.

The building the muslim cultural centre and mosque ( prayer space for muslims) will be in, was seriously damaged by the plane that crashed into the world trade centre. Part of the plane went through the roof, destroying the top floors and making the building a bargin find for the builders. It is not near ground zero, it is part of it. If there were people on those top floors on 9/11 they would be dead.


Why not simply move it a few more blocks away? It certainly does not help the cause of gaining acceptance for the muslim community when they want to do something so controversial. After all, most Americans know that muslim lands are very very intolerant of non muslims within their borders there is not a lot of sympathy for them in America.

What on earth was President Obama thinking? Did his advisors actually tell him to go “Pro Ground Zero mosque” with 90 days until the midterms when Democrats are about to get sliced up like a Hibachi Steak at Benihana?

Did someone on his team point to Iran and said, “Don’t worry Mr. President, we can win with 32% of the vote, Ahmadinejad did it, so let’s go pro Ground Zero mosque today?”

Read this article which satirizes the whole mess.

VERY FUNNY stuff.

http://www.dailygoat.com/?p=2653

I understand Barack, Michelle and the kids are taking a vacation (imagine that) to Baghdad to christen the new mosque being erected at the site of the recent Iraqi Army Headquarters bombing to encourage American tourism as he did with the Gulf of Mexico. Michelle picked up some lovely designer burquas (probably not a bad idea, really), and they're promoting a 1/2 price sale on stones by the bushel for *your* next bachelor party.

Dear Mr. Barack Hussein Obama:

Let me make *this* clear:

I understand you have welcomed and encouraged an Islamic Mosque to be built near Ground Zero in New York. Imagine this: Pretend you were born a few years earlier. Pretend you loved Sasha and Malia just as much then as you do now. Imagine you send them to college - pretend they both excel in the world of finance, graduate college with high honors, and take jobs in New York. Say, for example, with the Bank of America located within the Twin Towers. Imagine you get a phone call on a nice Tuesday September morning while you're laying back on vacation *again* somewhere sipping your coffee, from Sasha crying and screaming in terror, pleading "Daddy, please help us - there's smoke everywhere....people are screaming....I can't see.....Daddy, I can't breathe.....I can't find Malia......"

Imagine, Barack, that as she's crying to you over her phone you see a horror in front of you on your TV set like you've never seen in your life - American Airlines Flight 11 just plowed through the skyscraper where both your Daughters work - then another jetliner shortly thereafter - the phone goes dead, and you see on the TV screen a surreal video image of what looks like your child who has just leaped 100 stories from the inferno of what is left of the World Trade Center, just as many of our loved ones had, to their deaths if they were not already instantly destroyed by the initial fireball and melting steel from one of the exploding airliners turned missles in the name of Allah .

You cannot locate your Wife, friends and coworkers - all the phones and Internet in NY are dead - all bridges are closed - no one can get in or out - the skies have all gone eerily quiet with the exception of an occasional military jet fighter - you pray Malia and Michelle are alive and a spark of hope flickers when you see hundreds of heroic firefighters and policemen on TV rushing to the scene into what's left of the towers - and right before your very eyes, Barack, you see everything crumble -- with EVERYONE inside -- to the ground in a puff of surreal smoke, screams, horror and dust in a matter of seconds, leveling them all to nothing but charred ashes and soot in a flattened pile of rubble -- our children, our families, our friends, first responders, firefighters, police, rescue workers and loved ones while the Muslims danced for joy in the streets.

Got Mosque? Karma is our friend and we're not afraid to use it.

I both work and live in downtown New York. Just so you do not think I hold any brief for Islam, I am an Episcopalian. I saw both of the towers fall, not on TV, but live, as I left my downtown work site after the planes hit. I screamed as the first fell (I was only seven blocks away), and cried as the second fell, and I stopped in my local church, full of sooty New Yorkers, to try and make sense of it all before going home. I breathed the foul air from burning ground zero for the months it took for the fires to go out, both at my workplace and in my home a bit over a mile away, and I think I have physical symptoms deriving from that time.

I am appalled that people around the country feel they have the right to say who can have a place of worship somewhere in my city. There are Muslim houses of worship near ground zero right now, and it is entirely appropriate that a larger and better place for Muslim worship be built in the same area. It is not Muslims who are our enemies, but those among them who wish harm on our country. How better to minimize that contingent than to welcome as neighbors members of the faith who want to worship in our neighborhood.

It is no dishonor to the dead of 9/11 to honor the principles upon which this nation was founded and permit this mosque and Islamic center to be built. I am disgusted by the amount of discussion this completely routine building request has attracted. It is a true index of the current ambient level of ignorance in our national media.

omg this guy isnt the worst pres ever - he is the stupidest! omg he will go down in history as the most inexperienced person ever to hold the office - serves him right for all of his lies!

"Beneath the surface of Western societies, Muslims are waging a campaign of infiltration, subversion, sedition and social sabotage, with the openly stated objective of destroying our countries and way of life from within."
so you claim that teapartiers are muslims? who knew.

babette makes a point i've seen elsewhere on the web.
most of the outraged are not new yorkers.

i also read (but only once! and yeah, teh interwebz aren't so reliable (-: ) that this building isn't even a mosque. *If* that's true, i'd still expect a good proportion of community activities will be religious (just like an overtly xian group would hold a lot of bible studies events in a "christian community center".)


... and just as with hardcore xian groups, no doubt there will be plenty of weapons building, swapping, and Assembly Of Allah type entertainment going on inside cordoba/park51. you betcha. (-:

BRAVO! Ladrones Mentira. That post should be printed on the front page of every newpaper in this country. The people who support this Mosque are naive to the islam religion that DOES want to destroy the infidel and conquer western civilization. Do you forget the number of attempted attacks they have perpetrated on this country? Even as recent at the NY times square attacker! DUH! Wake up and fight for what is right not just politically correct!

What does Obama expect? He refuses to show his true hard copy birth certificate, he bows down to Muslim hierarchy, he sues American citizens that wish to fight crime in their state, he attacks lawmen that try to enforce the law,
Obama has hardly proved himself as an American President.
And now he sides with Muslims over the respect of murdered Americans.

Please vote this man out of office. We get one bad President after an other.

Obama is a lying piece of crap, and I say that as a non-religious person. The Muslims are just racist, sexist, hate-mongering idiots living in caveman mentality and have no right to put another dagger in the hearts of millions of innocent Americans. Mr Obama, you have truly showed your contempt for common sense. Hey, while you are at it, why not put up a KKK headquarters next to the NAACP? After all, it's their right!

I don't understand what the public objects to regarding Obama's stance on the mosque. He simply has said that if they meet the regulatory requirements they have the same right that anyone else does to build at the site, and he has also said he is not going to take a stand on whether it is wise for the promoters of the project to do it on that site.

And I'm one who considers Obama a total failure as President. But I don't see why people object to his stance on this matter.

ISLAM IS NOT A RELIGION! IT IS A VERY DANGEROUS, MILITANT AND BARBARIC CULT,

WHOSE CORE PRINCIPLES ARE IN DIRECT CONFLICT WITH THE PRINCIPLES OF THE

UNITED STATES. MOSQUES ARE MILITARY CENTERS AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED

ANYWHERE.

ISLAM DOES NOT ALLOW FOR:

-FREEDOM OF SPEECH
-FREEDOM OF RELIGION
-IMPOSES CRUEL & UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT (HOMOSEXUALS ARE TO BE KILLED,

FORNICATORS WHIPPED, THIEVES TO HAVE HAND CHOPPED OFF)
-THERE IS NO SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE UNDER ISLAM

PEDOPHILIA IS ACCEPTABLE UNDER ISLAM, BECAUSE THAT IS THE EXAMPLE THAT

MUHAMMAD PROVIDED, WHO MARRIED A 7 YEAR OLD GIRL AND CONSUMMATED THE

MARRIAGE! COMPARE THAT TO THE EXAMPLE THAT JESUS PROVIDED - SINLESS!

TO READ MORE ON WHAT ISLAM TEACHES, GOOGLE: TOP TEN REASONS WHY SHARIA IS

BAD FOR ALL SOCIETIES

THE IMAM AT THIS MOSQUE WANTS TO IMPLEMENT SHARIA/ISLAMIC LAW HERE IN THE

U.S. DOES THIS SOUND "FRIENDLY" TO YOU?

THE NAME OF THE MOSQUE IS GOING TO BE CALLED "CORDOBA HOUSE," WHICH IS THE

NAME OF A TOWN IN SPAIN WHERE MUSLIMS ATTACKED IT, DESTROYED IT, DESTROYED A

CHURCH THERE AND BUILT A MOSQUE ON TOP OF IT! DOES THIS SOUND "FRIENDLY" TO

YOU?!

MOSQUEs AT GROUND ZERO ARE UNDOUBTEDLY POLITICAL AND MILITARY CENTERS FOR

ISLAM! PERIOD.

The blame for this controvery should be placed at the feet of two New York City mayors who should have taken the lead on this issue in successive administrations. The parcel in question was formerly owned by Burlington Coat Factory. Its building on this location was destroyed by falling debris on 9/11/10. The company moved out the next day. The land was put up for sale. It should have been condemned and purchased by the City of New York immediately. Instead it lie dormant until it was purchased by a developer and sold to its current owner in 2009. This controversy was allowed to simmer on purpose for 9 years. Place the blame where it rightfully belongs. At the foot of New York City politicians.

I don't care who worships whom or how.

What I do care about is the fact that Afghans and Iraqis are now coming here and are now FULLY QUALIFIED to receive food stamps, SSI, medicare, HUD (priority, I am sure, like the Jews who come here from Eastern Europe and are immediately given available housing), and a free education, tax paid for "community centers" (according to a March, 2010 directive) like Mexicans and Africans, while veterans and AMERICAN CITIZENS risk arrest for sleeping in the parks and in their cars. Probably about 60%-70% or more of these emigrees are filching off of OUR hard-earned money.

This happens everything the Globalists, the Corporatists call out the armies to rape, steal and pillage other countries. We are left to pay all of their bills.

Pork? Does he or doesn't he?

Everyone send ObaMao some pork ribs and see if he welcomes them as much as he did the Imam. Would make a great Christmas photo-op, too!

TO EAT OR NOT TO EAT - THAT IS THE QUESTION!

montgomeryinn.com/send-montgomery-inn-ribs.php

or

stickyfingers.com/default.aspx

or

corkysbbq.com/

Plenty more mail order pork ribs places - any and all suggestions welcome! Know of some Barry might like? Post it here!


Mail them to:
Mr. Barack Hussein Obama, aka Barry Sotoero
The Whitehouse
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Obama & the Dems have really shot themselves in the foot on this issue...even Harry Reid saw supporting the GZ mosque as a no-win situation.

That's why he came out against the location of the mosque & it could well save him his US Senate seat...


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