…According to President Obama, anyway. Preparing for the next leg of his Obamapalooza Tour (a.k.a. the Endless Campaign), the President spoke to the press in an effort to lower any expectations that the trip might actually accomplish anything. NPR, the BBC, and France’s Canal Plus all got pretty much the same message: it’s just a speech, I’m aiming for better dialogue with Muslim countries, peace betweeen Israelis and “Palestinians”, blah blah blah. But among all that blah blah, came this little gem:
“Now, the flip side is I think that the United States and the West generally, we have to educate ourselves more effectively on Islam. And one of the points I want to make is, is that if you actually took the number of Muslims [sic] Americans, we’d be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world. And so there’s got to be a better dialogue and a better understanding between the two peoples.” [emphasis mine]
SRSLY? Obama thinks America is a Muslim country? This is a man who, a few months ago, couldn’t even bring himself to say that we were a Christian nation, and suddenly he’s turned us into a Muslim country. Perhaps hs’s thought this all along, but just didn’t want to say so.
Even Wikipedia defines a Muslim country as one where Islam is the dominant religion — and doesn’t put us on that list. Although given all the pandering Islam is receiving in this country, the President might actually be forgiven for thinking that.
Perhaps “if you actually took the number of Muslims Americans” and multiplied it by 20 or so, we might be one of the largest countries with Muslims citizens in the world. But even if you look simply at population, we’re not even close. Depending on the resource, we’re either 38th largest or even somewhat lower. Maybe Obama considers being in the top 50 good enough.
Is this simply another gaffe, a la his “57 states” comment during the early stages of the unending campaign? Is he really that oblivious to the vast beating heart of the country? Is he stupid? Or does he just not care?
Regardless of his reasoning (or lack thereof), the President would do well to think before he speaks; otherwise he will continue to get bad press. He’s not helping himself — and he’s surely not helping his fellow Democrats who are up for election in 2010 — with words as poorly chosen as these.
He’ll probably just blame it on TOTUS.
UPDATE: It even qualified for HotAir’s Obamateurism of the Day
UPDATE #2: Creeping Sharia weighs in
H/T Roger L. Simon