Q: What is the difference between George W. Bush and Barack Hussein Obama?
A: Bush stood with Muslim-Americans against irrational prejudice after 9/11
Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific reassurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.Barack Obama, “The Audacity of Hope,” page 261 (paperback version)
This is what Barack Obama said, but it is what George W. Bush did.
Barack Obama condemned, and rightly so, the United States’ behavior toward Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor, and he expressed concern that Muslim-Americans might suffer a similar backlash because of 9/11. He then promised in writing that he would stand with them “should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” This sounds a lot like what George Bush did within a week of 9/11. From the New York Post,
By CHARLES HURT Bureau ChiefJune 28, 2007
WASHINGTON – President Bush visited a mosque yesterday, removed his shoes in respect, and challenged Muslim clerics to more aggressively denounce terrorism.
…Bush’s visit to the Muslim center on Embassy Row was the third of his presidency. His first visit came six days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when he visited the mosque to denounce prejudice against Muslim Americans.
Now let’s compare what Barack Obama did to what he said. As usual, there is a huge difference.
Muslim Voters Detect a Snub From ObamaAs Senator Barack Obama courted voters in Iowa last December, Representative Keith Ellison, the country’s first Muslim congressman, stepped forward eagerly to help.
Mr. Ellison believed that Mr. Obama’s message of unity resonated deeply with American Muslims. He volunteered to speak on Mr. Obama’s behalf at a mosque in Cedar Rapids, one of the nation’s oldest Muslim enclaves. But before the rally could take place, aides to Mr. Obama asked Mr. Ellison to cancel the trip because it might stir controversy. Another aide appeared at Mr. Ellison’s Washington office to explain.
“I will never forget the quote,” Mr. Ellison said, leaning forward in his chair as he recalled the aide’s words. “He said, ‘We have a very tightly wrapped message.’ ”
…While the senator has visited churches and synagogues, he has yet to appear at a single mosque.
George W. Bush made a point of appearing with Muslim-Americans within a week of 9/11 but Obama, despite what he wrote in The Audacity of Hope, refuses to visit a mosque or appear with Muslim-Americans six and a half years later. This is because Obama is a fraud, and a coward who won’t stand behind his words. Furthermore,
Muslim Barack Obama fans told to hide from television cameras
By Tim Shipman in Washington
Last Updated: 2:51AM BST 19/06/2008…The two women in headscarves were asked not to sit in view of cameras at a rally in Detroit on Monday, where Al Gore endorsed Mr Obama.
…Miss Aref’s friend Ali Koussan, a law student, said that a volunteer “explained to me that because of the political climate and what’s going on in the world … it’s not good for her to be seen on TV or associated with Obama.”
A second woman was told to take off her headscarf if she wanted to sit in the special seats.
John McCain’s detractors say that his Presidency would be George Bush’s third term. If this is the alternative to an individual who treats an American minority the way white candidates once shunned African-Americans, we don’t have a problem with that.