Obama thanks American Muslims, promises respectful treatment in terrorism investigations

by Dave Boyer  |  published on February 4, 2016

In his first visit to a U.S. mosque, President Obama thanked American Muslims for their contributions to the nation, promised they will be treated with sensitivity in counterterrorism probes and said Islam is not to blame for terrorist attacks.

“I want to say two words Muslim Americans don’t hear often enough: Thank you,” Mr. Obama said at the Islamic Society of Baltimore. “We are one American family.”

Saying anti-Muslim rhetoric from Republican presidential candidates will discourage Muslims from cooperating with law enforcement, Mr. Obama offered a blanket pledge that the FBI and other agencies will treat American Muslims with respect in terrorism investigations.

“I want you to know that from the president to the FBI director to everybody in law enforcement, my directive, and their understanding, is that this is something we have to do together,” Mr. Obama said. “Engagement with Muslim-American communities must never be a cover for surveillance. We can’t give in to profiling entire groups of people. There’s no one single profile of terrorists.”

The president criticized Republican presidential candidates such as Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, without mentioning them by name, for proposing to restrict Muslims from immigrating to the U.S. from the Middle East.

  • altonrobinson

    To all you highly educated scholars out there. Can some one explain to me what ishlam has done for America? And what has it contributed to the country.

    • Gnowark

      It gave us a phrase in the Marine anthem, from the Barbary Coast, celebrating the first US victory in foreign seas. Too bad Jefferson wasn’t able to complete the exercise, and rid us of these pirates, still.

      • altonrobinson

        but according to oblammer they (the muzzies) have done great things, but I can’t find anything. Oblammer wouldn’t lie to us? Would he?

        • Gnowark

          No, he is just ‘mis-speaking’, again. It isn’t his fault that we expect honesty and integrity from him (since he often demonstrates what to expect).

          • altonrobinson

            he couldn’t tell the truth if his life depended on it.

  • This is Allah!

  • Islam and Liberalism are both the Syphilis of the Soul and the Super Highway straight to the bowels of Hell, where Allah/Satan awaits all Muslims and Sinners. Queen Hussein Obama is eaten up with that Syphilis, same as Hillary Clinton. Islam has not contributed one thing to our great nation other than Destruction and Hate!

  • cutterguy

    are we sure this was his first time?

  • bobnstuff

    Obama will never do anything right in the eyes of the right wing. He made a speech calling for respect for all religions and basically support of the first and fourth amendment but this makes him a divider. He thank a group who has helped keep our country safe and he is a bad guy. In spite of the stupid talk show hosts Islam is one of the world great religions and no more of an evil force then the Christian religion. As of right now the Christian terrorists have killed more people in this country then the Islamic ones since 9/11. The score is 54 to 46 with the Christians ahead. Once again the President is the bad guy.

    • used_to_be_a_liberal

      you are insane, your logic is flawed, but then you are a left-wit, so really can’t expect much better from you.

      • bobnstuff

        I guess I must seem left wing to you because I can think and see things as they are unlike the “conservatives” I think, and look at facts and history.

        • used_to_be_a_liberal

          Bull Manure, the problem is that you aren’t thinking, you are seeing things through wishful thinking, and rose-colored glasses.
          Here, 12 reasons why left-wits voted for Obama, and now the Hilda-Beast, or commie Bernie.

          1. I voted Democratic because I love the fact that I can now marry whatever I want. I now may marry my Labrador.

          2. I voted Democratic because I believe oil companies’ profits of 4 percent on a gallon of gas are obscene but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15 percent isn’t.

          3. I voted Democratic because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

          4. I voted Democratic because freedom of speech is fine as long as I agree with what is said and nobody else is offended by it.

          5. I voted Democratic because I’m way too irresponsible to own a gun and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves.

          6. I voted Democratic because I believe that people who can’t tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in 10 years if I don’t start driving a Prius.

          7. I voted Democratic because I’m not concerned about millions of babies being aborted so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.

          8. I voted Democratic because I think illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education and Social Security benefits, and we should take away the Social Security from those who paid into it.

          9. I voted Democratic because I believe that businesses should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as the Democrats see fit.

          10. I voted Democratic because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.

          11. I voted Democratic because I think that it’s better to pay billions for their oil to people who hate us but not drill our own because it might upset some endangered beetle, spotted owl, gopher or fish.

          12. I voted Democratic because my head is so firmly misplaced toward the south end of my body, it’s unlikely that I’ll ever have another point of view.

          • bobnstuff

            The one reason why a life long republican voted for Obama, the republican put up Romney as their candidate.

          • Arizona Don

            So you preferred a muslim over a Mormon. Smart real smart!

          • bobnstuff

            I worked for one of the companies Bain Capital raped.

          • Arizona Don

            Does not seem like a reason to me just an excuse. So obama is rapping the nation. Is that what you wanted?

          • bobnstuff

            The country is still here and even though you may not believe it it’s better off then when he took office. When Romney was done my company was gone. You don’t understand just how much damage people like Romney and groups like Bain has done to our country. Here is something interesting. In the fifties top tax rate was 90% but the cost of heath care was much lower and the insurance given by companies had no co pay and was paid for 100% by the company. You went to work for a company and stayed there your whole life and got a pension from the company when you retired at age 62. When you worked for companies they felt some sense of responsibility for the workers. CEO’s weren’t paid 100 times what employees made. You bought a stock for the dividend and kept it for years. Times truly have changed. I was going though some of my dad’s papers and was amazed at just how well paid he was for the time and he was just a laborer. He worked for US Steel for 38 years. In the last 38 years I have worked for nine companies most of which are no longer in business. Two were killed because the the pieces were worth more the the company as a whole. Two died because the people I sold them to didn’t show up for work because they were the boss and didn’t know that a real boss runs the company and knows the business. Companies like Bain Capital are killing our country and you would have had the same management in the White House. Even worse people want Trump as president and he is a worse business man the even Romney.

  • Roger Martin

    Obama is the best example of a Muslim try to destroy this country as we know it.

  • Roger Martin

    Just another illegal act by the illegal so-called president Obama. According to Public Law 414, Muslims are prohibited from entering the US.

    • Wolfman

      Is it just me or does BO look like he ‘ tip toes thru the tulips’ when he’s all dolled up in his ‘gangsta’ Muslim togs?? He looks like the ones they escort off the rooftops!!

  • Roger Martin

    Just another illegal act by the illegal so-called president Obama. According to Public Law 414, Muslims are prohibited from entering the US. Just another law Obama refuses to enforce, because it doesn’t fit into his plan to destroy this country as we know it.

  • VirgoVince

    More ovomit, BULLSHIT!!
    WHY is he still breathing, 8 yrs too long?

    • Wolfman

      Hey Virg….you ain’t cranky old man enough in your writings!!! ( sarc)

  • Wolfman

    Go to the Merriam -Webster dictionary and follow the definition of Muslim through its incorporation into the phrase Islam. A Muslim is a follower of Islam. By definition Islam includes any country in which the PREDOMINANT religion is Islam. There are no other “Religions” that are defined in this manner…ie where the religion is also a political entity, simply by being the dominant religion.
    Therefore, Islam, by its own actions and doctrinal requirements and practices ,is in fact …first and foremost a political movement , since its objective is to FORCE the entire world to become a part of Islam OR be eradicated.
    In conclusion, the closest words that match the definition of Islam are fascism and nazism. It has always been my contention that Islam is a political movement disguised as a religion, in order for the leaders of Islam ( the Imams)to empower their followers with a doctrine that their quest , and the horrible means used to ‘convert’ the infidels, are justified by the ultimate authority of their religion…Allah!!
    Actually it would be like having the Inquisition on steroids for thousands of years and having the ‘Christian’ Obama making excuses for its existence…when in fact BO’s criticism of the Crusades as a catalyst for centuries of Islamic chaos shows he is blind to the truth and hence at the minimum a defacto Muslim.

  • Robert Early

    Islam is a death cult; and sooner or later we will be at war with all Muslims. This is the truth that you will never hear from Obama.

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