Obama on Muslim rumors: What? Me worry?

(Reuters)

President Barack Obama said Sunday he isn’t worried about a recent poll showing that nearly one-fifth of Americans believe he is a Muslim. “The facts are the facts,” said Obama, who is a Christian. In an interview broadcast on “NBC Nightly News,” the president blamed the confusion over his religious beliefs on “a network of misinformation that in a new media era can get churned out there constantly.”

A poll released earlier this month by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center showed that 18 percent of people believe Obama is Muslim. That was up from 11 percent who said so in March 2009. Just 34 percent said Obama is Christian, down from 48 percent who said so last year.

“I’m not gonna be worrying too much about whatever rumors are floating on out there,” Obama said Sunday. “If I spend all my time chasing after that, then I wouldn’t get much done.”

Asked about persistent accusations that he wasn’t born in the United States, the president responded, “I can’t spend all my time with my birth certificate plastered on my forehead.”

NBC anchorman Brian Williams also asked Obama about conservative commentator Glenn Beck’s rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday. While he didn’t watch the event, Obama said, “I think that Mr. Beck and the rest of those folks were exercising their rights under our Constitution exactly as they should.”

The president acknowledged the ralliers’ concerns about the economy and terrorism and observed, “Given the fact that, you know, in none of these situations are you gonna fix things overnight, it’s not surprising that somebody like a Mr. Beck is able to stir up a certain portion of the country.”

Obama added: “I have no doubt that we are gonna rebound and rebound strong. But when you’re in the middle of it, and if you don’t have a job right now, it’s a tough, tough situation.”

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press

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6 Responses to "Obama on Muslim rumors: What? Me worry?"

  1. Almandine  August 30, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Maybe the President should blame his network of “disinformation” – that is, his lack of forthcoming. Were he not hiding his background – essentially all of it – people would have more of an ability to discern the truth, whatever that is. As it stands, it’s much like looking into a muddy pool and wondering where the fish are.

    Man up, big boy, and show us your stuff. All of it.

    • Carl Nemo  August 30, 2010 at 2:47 pm

      I concur Almandine. He should also fess up about his connections to the CIA. Oops, that’s possibly why he and his close advisers are reticent about disclosing the truth about his background. I thought John McCain was the Manchurian candidate; my mistake. / : |

      Carl Nemo **==

  2. dvl666  August 30, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Let it go Almadine. So I should trust a bunch of wacked out ex-addicts. No ones worsse than a reformed addict or whore.
    If Obama today fessed to all of your paranoia what would change??
    I am a non American Muslim, Commie, Nazi. Socialist who hates whites and on and on..
    It’s not just the “Libtards” that are easy duped. Read Frank Rich NYT Sunday.
    Keep the masses at war with each other as you(Faux News, Sarah, Glenn, Rush, Dick, Wolfie et..al.) laugh all the way to the bank.
    It worked in the South for over 80 years,” and the poor white remains , like a caboose on a train only a pawn in their game.”
    When John Stewart asks better questions than anyone in the Media Allah,Yahweh,Brahma, God help us.

    • Almandine  August 30, 2010 at 9:28 pm

      It’s not about paranoia… merely a return to reason. Like much else on this site – which functions as a window on society – normal, typical, reasonable standards are wanted and should apply. (Go for a job, show your credentials; no more, no less.) And such standards should start at the top, if for no other reason to provide a benchmark. Our (so-called) leadership must set the pace. We should be able to expect that, if we are to maintain order at all, and I, for one, haven’t given up yet.

      So if they’re laughing at the poor white trash, they laugh at us all. Only it’s not the talking heads we must reckon with, but those who have been given the keys to the kingdom. Deny it or hide it at your own peril.

      • Almandine  August 30, 2010 at 10:21 pm

        Or as the old adage goes… if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

  3. Bill  September 1, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I think that large signs should be erected on the site of the World Trade Center (Ground Zero). The signs should bear an arrow pointing in the direction of the proposed Islamic Center and should give explicit directions to the Center. The words: “This way to the new building of the perpetrators of this cowardly and unwarranted act of terror.”

    Freedom of speech is freedom of speech.

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