August 23rd, 2010
10:02 AM ET
4 years ago

My interview with Obama on his Christianity and the 'Muslim issue'

 Only about one-third of Americans can correctly identify President Obama’s religion, according to a recent poll.
Only about one-third of Americans can correctly identify President Obama’s religion, according to a recent poll.

(CNN) – Long before last week's revelation that a large and growing chunk of Americans believe that the President is Muslim – and that only about one in three Americans correctly identify him as Christian – Barack Obama was battling misperceptions about his religion.

In early 2008, right as Obama was in desperate need of a win in the South Carolina primaries – he'd beaten Hillary Clinton in Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses but lost to her in subsequent contests in New Hampshire and Iowa – false rumors swirled that he was Muslim.

Obama's father was raised in a Muslim household, though the presidential candidate had repeatedly called him an agnostic, and Obama had spent time attending an Indonesian school where most students were Muslim. An e-mail smear campaign alleged that the White House hopeful was disguising his true faith.

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  1. Augsbee

    Read on Muslim, understand their practices, beliefs that go back 100's of years. Anyone born from 1 Muslim parent is Muslim in the eyes of Muslims regardless if the person changed to Christianity. To them the mother is irrelevant.

    August 23, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Haren

    Why republican always forget about Hoover as worst president Jimmy Carter was way ahead in thinking of average and uneducated repubican, if we would have listen to him we would have free from this Mideast oil and all that hate goes with Muslim for oil war.

    August 23, 2010 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  3. Liberals are poison

    Journolist cliques circling the wagon again and riding to Obama's defense. Fact: The son of a muslim is and always will be a muslim according to islam. Fact: Rev. Wright is a converted muslim. George Stephanopolis had to correct Obama when he said "my muslim" faith. What about the 57 United States, there are 57 muslim states? How could Obama travel to Pakistan in the 80's when you couldn't with a US passport. Why did a Saudi monarch pay Obama's college tuition? He can run, but he can't hide the truth. Why did he and his beast of a wife have to turn in their law licenses? Instead of the "fake
    journalists" defend Obama, why don't they do their jobs and investigate the White House's illegal activities?

    August 23, 2010 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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