August 17th, 2010
09:07 AM ET
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. fideauxdon

    No; it was a local matter, and there's no reason why he had to offer his opinion. Unfortunately, though, the GOP attack machine would have attacked him no matter what he daid, or didn't say. I dare this group of gutless wonders to define how they would stop this project when "freedom of religion" allows it.
    By the way, I don't approve of building it on this site.

    August 17, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. shelou

    We do not act empowered since 9/11; we are running scared unconvinced that we can overcome. Wouldn't it be empowered and a strong message to the world, if we did not run from anything Muslim – especially when it involves our own patroit citizens who are Muslim? Who have we become in our quaking insecurities? Standing firm in supporting all of our citizens in their worship is the most essential fight that US citizens can make on homeland soil. I think it's very interesting to hear Palin- Ms bit bull,mama bear, and hockey mom shrink in fear over a mosque. True colors always show up eventually.

    August 17, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. Why not

    He is the president he can comment on anything. He was asking people to respect the US constitution.

    August 17, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  4. mary

    YES, its about American values and laws!!!

    August 17, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. pinkette

    My husband and I were just discussing this issue. Althought I agree with the President that religious freedom is for all, I thought that the President should have kept quiet about the Mosque issue since 70 percent of Americans are opposed to the building of the Mosque. The President's poll numbers will continue to drop as a result.

    My husband disagrees with me . He believes that, as a leader, the President should remind his countrymen that constitutional freedoms must stand even when unpopular. If we allow the events of 911 to change our freedoms, then the terrorists have won. My husband believes that it is the President's job to stand on constitutional principles regardless of the consequences.

    After thinking about it, I agree with my husband. Obama's poll numbers will take a dive as a result of his statement about the Mosque but at the end of the day, good leaders must take a stand on their principles. The vast majority of Americans may not like the Mosque, but in America ALL religions are entitled to build places of worship on private property in accordance will local zoning laws.

    August 17, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  6. Me

    The real question is, should WE have weighed in on the Mosque being built near Ground Zero?
    Would WE have felt the same way if a Buddhist temple or a Synagogue had been built there instead? NO!
    Why?
    Because, right now, we are not afraid of Buddhist or Jews, we're afraid of Muslims. It is mankinds nature to hate what we don't understand and fear what we can't conquer
    Make no mistake, it is hate and fear that keep this issue alive and it is hate and fear that we must overcome to maintain that which makes this nation great.

    August 17, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Fraud Obama

    He's one of them, so of course he's in favor of it., wisdom or no wisdom.

    August 17, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. independent

    In his typical professorial and 'there really is no black and white' response, the President clearly stated his position. The rights of individuals to build and mosque and community center is one of our foundamental freedoms. The wisdom of it is something for the proponents and local government to decide,.

    August 17, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Annie, Atlanta

    I thought it was wonderful that our President reminded us of one of the finer points on which this country was founded.

    Makes me wonder if the Republicans will ever stop using 9/11 for political points.

    August 17, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  10. steve conover

    it seems that the republicans will say anything to further their careers. what's right is right. Islam didn't cause 9/11. Should we get rid of all the YMCA's or all the Jewish community centers? I'm sick and tired of all the small minded ignorant people that permeate the news media. Isn't about time the media took some responsibility for the hatred they are promoting? Enough is enough already.

    August 17, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. Dar

    Odumbo just said what he believes in. Take it how ever you want. I dont believe that he cares about the real Americans that started this country and is out to change the American way of life.

    August 17, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. Larry

    simply ask yourself if what he said is true or false. and with that i'm through with it.

    August 17, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. jm for sc

    President Obama should have answered any question they ask him.
    His answer was correct as we live in America where people have a right to worship as they please. The thing is, why did they sell the property if they wanted to control what is built on it.

    August 17, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This crosses the border into the ridiculous. President Obama has EVERY right, as did every other President before him, to voice his opinion. Especially if said opinion mirrors the voice of reason that is sorely absent in our midst.

    Do NOT get caught up in unnecessary drama CNN. Since when is QUOTING the Constitution a "MISTAKE"?

    There is something quite sickening in watching you 'yahoo' the herd over the precipice of ignorance and intolerance.

    To whom much is given, much is expected. You're falling way short of fulfilling your part of the bargain meritoriously CNN.

    August 17, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. Clwyd

    The Mosque has been at that location for over 40 years. To deny it the opportunity to renovate is religious persecution. Something I thought that we have always been against, but it would now seem to indicate that the repulsicans and the Party of "No" wants to re-institute religious persecution. Newt Gingrich's comparison of the Nazi sign near the Holocaust Museum is comparing a political system we went to war with to the Mosque? Is he now trying to say we have declared war on 2 billion Muslims? Disgusting republicans!

    August 17, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. The Other Dale

    Why should the President be afraid to discuss a topic of national interest? Or is that what the Republicans are mad about – that he's actively pursusing the topic instead of hiding in fear from them?

    August 17, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. Jennifer

    No. You cannot say one thing and expect to not offend someone else.
    Of course having a background in "community organizer" you want to appease the group you are addressing–you cannot do that as president of the US. Really stupid PR move.
    People do not want to hear "lawyer speak" about an emotional issue. Unfortunately most US citizens do not care about a t-attack that doesn't affect them. The events of 911 are the equivalent to the attack on Pearl Harbor. It is unfortunate that every issue is based on what is PC according to the law. It is also unfortunate that the Muslim leadership that is pressing for the mosque in this location has no sensitivity chip. It would be the morally right thing to do to pull out of this project and move it elsewhere.

    August 17, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  18. Yates

    Sure keep telling us what you really think.

    August 17, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. sharon

    NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!After the first statement, he should have left it there and moved on. He has to stop giving mixed messages. That is why it took forever to get a Health care bill. Stand up – take a stand and keep it. You just make yourself look wishy washy. You seem to be afraid to stand up to the Repeublican or afraid of criticism. I did jot vote for you to be President. abnd watch you jump back and forth. Being President is not the same as being a professor in college. Calling your heads of departments in and discussing the issues and listening to all opinions and coming to group decision works in colloege but as President you have to take a stand and stick to it. You do not jump all over themedia that helps you and ignore the network that is out to destroy you. Yoiu keep insulting the wrong people. Get a backbone now or in 2 years you are going to be out of office and we could be stuck with the Wasilla hillbillies or Newt(strong family values lol) Gingrich. I don't know which one is scarier

    August 17, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. JDO4

    Who cares about the politics; this is about principles.

    August 17, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. nothere

    He should not weigh in on the moslim issue. There is an economy going dwwn the drain and he is photographed taking vacations , going to spain (spending money ) . the housing market is tanking (all our wealth gone ) and we are still bailing out banks. the economic situation might not be his fault , but he should not help it along. Giving people endless unemployment is not going to help them in the long run. we just have to to reboot the system, instead of limping along. If you computer is not responding , you don't wait for it to linger. you reboot it.

    you still have time to get this going. Human beings are fickle minded, if you get something going from now we will gladly forget about your short comings ( by default )

    WORD

    August 17, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. Peace

    We should remember how he was bashed during the BP gushing Oil, that he waited so long to step in, until the matter worsen. This Mosque has no difference!

    August 17, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. La Piovra

    He isn't a candidate, he's the President. He isn't running for office, he's holding office. His duty is not to his party, but to his country, and he must represent all the people, not his party's candidates. As such, he must advocate for the Constitution, not for the opinion polls. He has done the right thing, as Harry Reid has not. If Harry Reid loses to a whack job, it will be because he has lost his spine; if Barack Obama does the same, it will be because we have lost our sense of fairness.

    August 17, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. Angus McDugan

    Here is why Obama (the eloquent orator spoke not so eloquently) i.e., conspiracy theory: Obama knows the democrats will have a very hard time discussing Obama’s failure concerning the economy during the mid-terms this fall. Also, democrats do not want to be associated with Obama right now as he and his support is toxic to any candidate. Given this, Obama comes out with a statement concerning the mosque at Ground Zero which is Constitutionally correct but extremely insensitive to Americans. This gives the democrats an opportunity to say the mosque needs to be built somewhere else which provides the following benefits to the democrat.

    1. Distances themselves from Obama by disagreeing with him.
    2. Support a very popular position.
    3. Discussing an issue that is not local to their voters.
    3. Leave Obama protected by his statement being Constitutionally correct.

    This results in increased popularity for the candidate. This is truly a brilliant political move on the democrats part!!!!!!!! less

    August 17, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. jules sand-perkins

    Should have or should not have, he did and the milk's all over the floor.
    Let VP Biden talk for a few days.

    August 17, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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