Get PJ Media on your Apple

The PJ Tatler

by
Bridget Johnson

Bio

July 26, 2013 - 7:22 am

President Obama welcomed dozens of ambassadors and a handful of lawmakers to last night’s iftar dinner at the White House to break the day’s Ramadan fast by saying “throughout our history, Islam has contributed to the character of our country.”

“For Muslims, Ramadan is a time of reflection, a chance to demonstrate one’s devotion to God through prayer and through fasting. But it’s also a time for family and friends to come together — as we do tonight — in a spirit of love and respect, to renew our obligations to one another, as well as to renew our commitment to our neighbors and helping the most needy among us. For as the Koran teaches, whoever does an atom’s weight of good, will see its results,” said Obama.

“Muslim Americans, and their good works, have helped to build our nation — and we’ve seen the results… Every day, Muslim Americans are helping to shape the way that we think and the way that we work and the way that we do business. And that’s the spirit that we celebrate tonight — the dreamers, the creators whose ideas are pioneering new industries, creating new jobs and unleashing new opportunities for all of us.”

Members of Congress invited included Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Reps. André Carson (D-Ind.), John Dingell (D-Mich.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Dan Kildee (D-Mich.). Carson and Ellison are the two Muslims in Congress.

Obama mentioned entrepreneurs invited to the dinner as well.

“Even as we support citizens seeking to determine their own destiny, a key part of our engagement with Muslim communities around the world has to be supporting economic opportunity and entrepreneurship. So we launched our annual entrepreneurship summit to spur innovation and business growth in Muslim communities,” he said.

“When I look around the room tonight, beyond the communities you represent, I see all the profound good that’s been accomplished. So all of us are seeing the results of your good work — the opportunities to create for your colleagues and your communities and for our country. So I want to thank you for what you do, and for reminding us that our nation is stronger and more successful when we harness the talents of all Americans — no matter where we come from, or what we look like, what our last names are, or how we pray.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

Comments are closed.

Top Rated Comments   
Well they certainly shaped the NYC skyline. And they have changed security at every sporting eventing and every visit to an airport. They have caused us to enter two prolonged wars that cost billions of dollars and also many American lives. They have caused acrimony in NYC by simply refusing to respect the wishes of Americans about a mosque, preferring to maintain their legal "rights." And all of that negative press is turned on me and I become an "Islamophobe."

Muslim historians like Edward Said routinely lie about colonialism and create distortions about so-called "Orientalism." Everything about the middle east is noble and good except the idea of actually living there. The West is bad even though their historic footprint in the ME is miniscule in comparison with Islam itself. The colonizers whining about colonizing. People crying about being Westernized too dumb to realize they speak Arabic but have no connection to Arabia other than the pleasure of having their own cultures disappear thanks to Arabs. Why the eff do Tunisians speak Arabic? Where did Urdu come from? England? They're still speaking Urdu, an almost but not quite version of Hindi, in Pakistan and alongside English in places in India. Guess they're all slightly confused and one-sided running dog paper tiger pawns of imperialism.

Other than the wide-spread availability of hummus and tabouli, we got squat for a trade-off.

Political correctness is not the same as diplomacy. In diplomacy, one knows one is shading the truth. Obama really does think strikes are balls and balls strikes. I'll tell you what: at least former colonies of the West got something to show for it. Former colonies of Islam live in a stultifying backwater that would be invisible to the world were it not for oil and overweening arrogance.

The jewel and centerpiece of cultural Islam, Egypt, is still trying to figure out how to run an economy and gov't. Prolly best not to bring the subject up at all, let alone have frickin' dinners.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Well, I for one can attest to how they helped "Shape how we work". My work place was drastically re-shaped by Muslims on 9/11 when the building I worked in on the 71st floor went from a large majestic 110 story building to a smoking pile of rubble.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Without Islam, there wouldn't have been a pre-existing African slave market.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
All Comments   (22)
All Comments   (22)
Sort: Newest Oldest Top Rated
Welllll... he's right.
We fought our first overseas war against Muslim pirates in 1801, in reponse to Muslim piracy against American ships which had begun in 1784.
It was a lesson in global reality for a young nation.
When Thomas Jefferson and John Adams asked the Muslim envoy to justify their attacks, they were told (in Jefferson's words):

"It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every mussulman who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise."

And so, right from the start, Islam DID contribute to the character of the United States.
Just not in the way Obama would like us to believe.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
The NASA muslim outreach must be working cause the ones the president are addressing aren't seeing the same color sky the rest of us see when they look up.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
"Every day, Muslim Americans are helping to shape the way that we think and the way that we work and the way that we do business."

Yes, well, that is just the problem now, isn't it. Major Hassan, the anti-Christian zealots of Dearbornistan, the "under the radar" honor killings, and so on, yes, they are changing the way we work and do business, but not for the better!
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Did he give any examples of how Muslims historically have contributed to our national character? Because I've tried and just can't come up with even one.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Yeah, the mooslims are going to contribute to our society alright...as murderous sleeper cells when they get the "dog whistle" from Dear Leader.

Remember BENGHAZI!
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Question: did Obama also observe the daily ritual of fasting for the entre month of Ramadan?
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
And aren't these folks the same separation of Church and State zealots?
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
What utter garbage, a perversion of history. I notice he doesn't even acknowledge Easter anymore. But this is getting so tiring. We know who he is by now.

1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Well they certainly shaped the NYC skyline. And they have changed security at every sporting eventing and every visit to an airport. They have caused us to enter two prolonged wars that cost billions of dollars and also many American lives. They have caused acrimony in NYC by simply refusing to respect the wishes of Americans about a mosque, preferring to maintain their legal "rights." And all of that negative press is turned on me and I become an "Islamophobe."

Muslim historians like Edward Said routinely lie about colonialism and create distortions about so-called "Orientalism." Everything about the middle east is noble and good except the idea of actually living there. The West is bad even though their historic footprint in the ME is miniscule in comparison with Islam itself. The colonizers whining about colonizing. People crying about being Westernized too dumb to realize they speak Arabic but have no connection to Arabia other than the pleasure of having their own cultures disappear thanks to Arabs. Why the eff do Tunisians speak Arabic? Where did Urdu come from? England? They're still speaking Urdu, an almost but not quite version of Hindi, in Pakistan and alongside English in places in India. Guess they're all slightly confused and one-sided running dog paper tiger pawns of imperialism.

Other than the wide-spread availability of hummus and tabouli, we got squat for a trade-off.

Political correctness is not the same as diplomacy. In diplomacy, one knows one is shading the truth. Obama really does think strikes are balls and balls strikes. I'll tell you what: at least former colonies of the West got something to show for it. Former colonies of Islam live in a stultifying backwater that would be invisible to the world were it not for oil and overweening arrogance.

The jewel and centerpiece of cultural Islam, Egypt, is still trying to figure out how to run an economy and gov't. Prolly best not to bring the subject up at all, let alone have frickin' dinners.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
But "Fail," most Muslims aren't like that, and most Muslims have vigorously denounced the barbaric, savage, misogynistic and homophobic behavior of some of the members of their great Religion of Peace.

Oh wait . . . . .

OK, let me rephrase that:
Most Muslims WILL vigorously denounce the barbaric, savage, misogynistic and homophobic behavior of some of their members.

Someday.

I'm certain of it.

You'll see. Even before Hell freezes over. Just wait . . . . . .

OK, let's wait some more . . . .
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Other than a bunch of rappers I found these notable Muslems:

Fazlur Khan – structural engineer designed the Sears Tower that other muslems tried to blow-up
Ayub K. Ommaya – neurosurgeon, inventor of the Ommaya reservoir
Ahmed Zewail – Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, 1999 for his work on femtochemistry
Lotfi A. Zadeh the founder of fuzzy logic, mathematician, electrical engineer, computer scientist, artificial intelligence researcher and professor emeritus of computer science at the University of California, Berkeley

I'm sure there are more good guys but they don't get the publicity the bad guys get.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Well, I for one can attest to how they helped "Shape how we work". My work place was drastically re-shaped by Muslims on 9/11 when the building I worked in on the 71st floor went from a large majestic 110 story building to a smoking pile of rubble.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
1 2 Next View All

3 Trackbacks to “Obama: ‘Throughout Our History, Islam Has Contributed to the Character of Our Country’”