Saturday, August 14, 2010

Is the president backing down? (UPDATED)

1st UPDATE: 6:05 p.m.: Influential Republicans are lining up to take their swings at the president's rather clear (at least in my opinion) endorsement of a mosque near Ground Zero.

I wonder if there is a useful parallel here -- what would these same Republicans (and Democrats, as well) say to those in Japan who reject American military on their soil? And a corollary, what would these political leaders say to those in Japan who demand some sort of apology from the United States for dropping atomic bombs on two Japanese cities.

ORIGINAL POST: After reading this blurb from Politico.com, you decide:

With criticism mounting of his support for the construction of an Islamic center two blocks from Ground Zero in Manhattan, President Barack Obama on Saturday defended his decision to wade into the controversy the night before, but backed off from his previous stance. "In this country we treat everybody equally and in accordance with the law, regardless of race, regardless of religion,” Obama said when asked about his remarks at a White House dinner Friday marking the start of Ramadan. He did, however, emphasize that he was not endorsing the project, just the organizers' right to build it.

Come on, Mr. President. You don't have to back down when you are correct.

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