Obama Dissembles At WH Iftar Dinner -Lauds Muslim Brotherhood Linked Huma Abedin
August 14, 2012
MIM: See "Obama Again Spreads False Claim That Thomas Jefferson Hosted First Ramadan Iftar Dinner At White House"
"...Jefferson, a courteous man, simply moved the dinner forward by a few hours. He didn't change the menu, he didn't change anything else. And moving the dinner forward by a few hours hardly turns that dinner into a soi-disant "Iftar Dinner." Barack Obama's trying to do so, trying that is, to rewrite American history, with some nunc-pro-tunc backdating, in order to flatter or please his Muslim guests, is false. And, being false, is also disgusting..."
"...Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin, was an assistant editor for a dozen years for the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs for the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs. The institute – founded by her late father and currently directed by her mother – is backed by the Muslim World League, an Islamic organization found in the Saudi holy city of Mecca that was founded by Muslim Brotherhood leaders..."
The White House
Office of the Press SecretaryFor Immediate Release August 10, 2012
Remarks by the President at Iftar Dinner
8:40 P.M. EDT
Of all the freedoms we cherish as Americans, of all the rights that we hold sacred, foremost among them is freedom of religion, the right to worship as we choose. It's enshrined in the First Amendment of our Constitution -- the law of the land, always and forever. It beats in our heart -- in the soul of the people who know that our liberty and our equality is endowed by our Creator. And it runs through the history of this house, a place where Americans of many faiths can come together and celebrate their holiest of days -- and that includes Ramadan.
As I've noted before, Thomas Jefferson once held a sunset dinner here with an envoy from Tunisia -- perhaps the first Iftar at the White House, more than 200 years ago. And some of you, as you arrived tonight, may have seen our special display, courtesy of our friends at the Library of Congress -- the Koran that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. And that's a reminder, along with the generations of patriotic Muslims in America, that Islam -- like so many faiths -- is part of our national story.
This evening, we're honored to be joined by members of our diplomatic corps, members of Congress -- including Muslim American members of Congress, Keith Ellison and Andre Carson -- as well as leaders from across my administration. And to you, the millions of Muslim Americans across our country, and to the more than one billion Muslims around the world -- Ramadan Kareem.
Now, every faith is unique. And yet, during Ramadan, we see the traditions that are shared by many faiths: Believers engaged in prayer and fasting, in humble devotion to God. Families gathering together with love for each other. Neighbors reaching out in compassion and charity, to serve the less fortunate. People of different faiths coming together, mindful of our obligations to one another -- to peace, justice and dignity for all people -- men and women. Indeed, you know that the Koran teaches, "Be it man or woman, each of you is equal to the other."
More broadly, we've seen the extraordinary courage of Muslim women during the Arab Spring -- women, right alongside men, taking to the streets to claim their universal rights, marching for their freedom, blogging and tweeting and posting videos, determined to be heard. In some cases, facing down tanks, and braving bullets, enduring detentions and unspeakable treatment, and at times, giving their very lives for the freedom that they seek -- the liberty that we are lucky enough to enjoy here tonight.
These women have inspired their sisters and daughters, but also their brothers and their sons. And they've inspired us all. Even as we see women casting their ballots and seeking -- standing for office in historic elections, we understand that their work is not done. They understand that any true democracy must uphold the freedom and rights of all people and all faiths. We know this, too, for here in America we're enriched by so many faiths, by men and women -- including Muslim American women.
They're young people, like the student who wrote me a letter about what it's like to grow up Muslim in America. She's in college. She dreams of a career in international affairs to help deepen understanding between the United States and Muslim countries around the world. So if any of the diplomatic corps have tips for her -- (laughter.) She says that "America has always been the land of opportunity for me, and I love this country with all my heart." And so we're glad to have Hala Baig here today. (Applause.)
They are faith leaders like Sanaa Nadim, one of the first Muslim chaplains at an American college -- a voice for interfaith dialogue who's had the opportunity to meet with the Pope to discuss these issues. We're very proud to have you here. (Applause.)
They are educators like Auysha Muhayya, born in Afghanistan, who fled with her family as refugees to America, and now, as a language teacher, helps open her students to new cultures. So we're very pleased to have her here. (Applause.)
They are entrepreneurs and lawyers, community leaders, members of our military, and Muslim American women serving with distinction in government. And that includes a good friend, Huma Abedin, who has worked tirelessly -- (applause) -- worked tirelessly in the White House, in the U.S. Senate, and most exhaustingly, at the State Department, where she has been nothing less than extraordinary in representing our country and the democratic values that we hold dear. Senator Clinton has relied on her expertise, and so have I.
The American people owe her a debt of gratitude -- because Huma is an American patriot, and an example of what we need in this country -- more public servants with her sense of decency, her grace and her generosity of spirit. So, on behalf of all Americans, we thank you so much. (Applause.)
These are the faces of Islam in America. These are just a few of the Muslim Americans who strengthen our country every single day. This is the diversity that makes us Americans; the pluralism that we will never lose.
And at times, we have to admit that this spirit is threatened. We've seen instances of mosques and synagogues, churches and temples being targeted. Tonight, our prayers, in particular, are with our friends and fellow Americans in the Sikh community. We mourn those who were senselessly murdered and injured in their place of worship. And while we may never fully understand what motivates such hatred, such violence, the perpetrators of such despicable acts must know that your twisted thinking is no match for the compassion and the goodness and the strength of our united American family.
So tonight, we declare with one voice that such violence has no place in the United States of America. The attack on Americans of any faith is an attack on the freedom of all Americans. (Applause.) No American should ever have to fear for their safety in their place of worship. And every American has the right to practice their faith both openly and freely, and as they choose.
That is not just an American right; it is a universal human right. And we will defend the freedom of religion, here at home and around the world. And as we do, we'll draw on the strength and example of our interfaith community, including the leaders who are here tonight.
So I want to thank all of you for honoring us with your presence, for the example of your lives, and for your commitment to the values that make us "one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." (Applause.)
God bless you. God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)
The White House
Office of the Press SecretaryFor Immediate Release August 10, 2012
Expected Attendees at the White House Iftar Dinner
This evening, the President will continue a White House tradition of hosting an Iftar celebrating Ramadan in the State Dining Room. This is the fourth Iftar hosted by the President. The Iftar is the meal that breaks the day of fasting, when Muslim families and communities eat together after sunset.
Below is a list of some of the expected attendees at tonight's White House dinner celebrating Ramadan:
MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
The Honorable Andre Carson, United States Representative
The Honorable John Conyers, United States Representative
The Honorable Keith Ellison, United States Representative
Mr. Zango Abdu, Minister at the Embassy of Nigeria
His Excellency Yousif Mana Saeed Al Otaiba, United Arab Emirates
His Excellency Adel Ahmed Al-Jubeir, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Her Excellency Hunaina Sultan Al-Mughairy, Sultanate of Oman
His Excellency Mohamed Abdullah M. Al-Rumaihi, State of Qatar
His Excellency Mohammed Al-Hussaini Al-Sharif, League of Arab States, Arab League Mission
Mr. Adel Ahmed Alsuneini, The Charge d'Affaires of Republic of Yemen
His Excellency Abdallah Baali, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
His Excellency Seydou Bouda, Ambassador of Burkina Faso
His Excellency Daouda Diabate, Republic of Cote d'Ivoire
His Excellency Dino Patti Djalal, Republic of Indonesia
His Excellency Maitine Djoumbe, Republic of Chad
His Excellency Bienvenu Joseph Foe-Atangana, Republic of Cameroon
His Excellency Gilbert Galanxhi, Republic of Albania
His Excellency Eklil Ahmad Hakimi, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
His Excellency Othman Bin Hashim, Ambassador of Malaysia
Mr. Mahmoud Daifallah Hmoud, The Charge d'Affaires of Jordan
His Excellency Akan Ismaili, Republic of Kosovo
Mr. Fakhraddin Ismayilov, The Chargé d'Affaires of the Republic of Azerbaijan
His Excellency Bayney Ram Karran, Cooperative Republic of Guyana
His Excellency Al Maamoun Baba Lamine Keita, Republic of Mali
His Excellency Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, Russian Federation
Her Excellency Mwanaidi Sinare Maajar, United Republic of Tanzania
Her Excellency Jadranka Negodic, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina
His Excellency Ilhomjon Tuychievich Nematov, Republic of Uzbekistan
His Excellency Alieu Momodou Ngum, Republic of The Gambia
His Excellency Cheik Niang, Ambassador to the Republic of Senegal
His Excellency Roble Olhaye, Republic of Djibouti
His Excellency Meret Bairamovich Orazov, Ambassador of Turkmenistan
His Excellency Michael Scott Oren, PhD, State of Israel
His Excellency Akramul Qader, People's Republic of Bangladesh
Her Excellency Sherry Rehman, Islamic Republic of Pakistan
His Excellency Nuriddin Shamsov, Republic of Tajikistan
His Excellency Sameh Hassan Shoukry, Arab Republic of Egypt
His Excellency Maman Sambo Sidikou, Republic of Niger
Mr. Tahsin Timur Soylemez, The Charge d'Affaires of the Republic of Turkey
His Excellency Bockari Kortu Stevens, Republic of Sierra Leone
Her Excellency Amelia Narciso Sumbana, Republic of Mozambique
MIM: The head of the Islamic Society of North America Imam Mohamed Magid sat next to Obama at the Iftar dinner. ISNA is a Muslim Brotherhood organisation which aspires to turn the United States the Islamic Society of North America.
The poster below shows Mohamed Magid speaking at an event together with Siraj Wahaj an unindicted co conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings. For more on Wahaj see:
"Democrats Embrace Siraj Wahhaj: Supporter of Cop-Killer, Al Qaeda and Hamas"
ISNA Joins White House Iftar