An example is his April 2009 speech in Turkey, in which he said, "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation, we consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values." The president's critics have seized on that statement, insisting that he rejects the Christian foundations of America.
Is Obama stuck between a rock and a hard place? If you were the president, how would you handle this dilemma?
Elizabeth Tenety on November 8, 2010 11:47 AM
Facts have nothing to do with their perceptions of the President. The president has squandered, again and again, the opportunity to challenge the current culture of fear and fear-mongering that has gripped these American states.
Posted by Pamela K. Taylor, on November 9, 2010 11:23 AM
You, Mr. President, tell the truth, and be free. Because at the end of the day, just like many Republicans refused to reach out to you when you reached to them, the people who are against you will be against you. There is not a lot you can do about it.
Posted by Susan K. Smith, on November 9, 2010 9:43 AM
I did not agree with the president when he earlier agreed to visit the Sikh Golden Temple in India and was glad that he eventually cancelled it. As a leader of a secular nation he should refrain from visiting any religious institution, to visit or to speak. My grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi, realized more than a century ago that the only way we can reduce violence among human beings is by being secular.
Posted by Arun Gandhi, on November 9, 2010 7:04 AM
Barack Obama is not a Muslim and anybody who can delude themselves that he is cannot be helped. Opposition to our president has driven them mad. They cannot be reached by Barack Obama and he should not try.
Posted by John Mark Reynolds, on November 8, 2010 7:40 PM
As the midterm elections displayed, there is little that President Obama can do to dissuade his opponents from making everything he says and does fodder for defeating him in the 2012 presidential race.