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

    He was addressing and up holding the US constitution and that was all. Please can we move on to "real" issues!

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

    Get a grip folks, he did not weigh in per se, he simply stated the law of the land and guess what folks, laws are not made to be modified for individual interests, they are made to protect us ALL!

    August 17, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. Ed L

    The "debacle" is just GOP BS.....

    August 17, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Yes and I think Obama should weigh in on every thing it reveals weather or not that if he is in touch with the rest of America it may not be good for his image but it is good for inquiring minds .

    August 17, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Only if he supported the public's wishes, which he did not.

    August 17, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |

    Why build a Mosque at this particular site???I am with the majority who oppose it.Obama is on the wrong path on this.

    August 17, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. Marie MD

    In retrospect no! Then again nobody except those who live in NY should make any decision as to the mosque.

    August 17, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. Lou

    No he really shouldn't have commented at all. He should really try to be neutral to this very touchy subject. I think it is really bad PR for him. His advisors can't keep his mouth shut.

    In my opinion, this mosque could be built anywhere else but they are doing it just to be cruel to all the families that have suffered. It really is just bad taste and very disrespectful. Just sad.

    August 17, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  9. Ranae Caldwell

    This is NOT about freedom of religion. Every American has the right to worship as they wish in this country. This is about respect for the American lives lost that day. I have to question the motives of placing the mosque near ground zero. If peace is what is desired by supporters of this mosque, then why choose to do something that has ignited a fire storm. Why not out of respect for their fellow Americans, choose somewhere else to build? This is hallowed ground as the President stated and should be treated as such. I wonder if this would have even been considered in 2002? It seems that everyone has forgotten the horror of that day. It would be like rewarding Osama Bin Laden. If the plans go through, he will have reason to celebrate. What a victory for him to have brought down the World Trade Centers and kill thousands of innocent Americans and see a mosque built so close to ground zero. The argument has been that it was radical muslims who carried out the attacks. I believe so as well. The problem is, it was carried out in the name of Islam and is unbelievable that this would even be considered much less, backed by the President of the United States. This is the single most outrageous act by a President in my opinion. I have never worked for a campaign, but plan to do everything in my power to help get this man out of office!!!

    August 17, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  10. terry,va

    Sure he should have voiced his opinion. Now we know, if there ever was a doubt, that he does not represent American values. Americans have no problem with a mosque being built in NY. As a matter of fact there are 100 mosques there. The problem we have is this is a thumb in our eye as to the location. Obummie is insensitive to this as he is a RADICAL politician. His political and social views were molded by people who don't have American values. What's next Obummie? Putting a memorial up to honor Japanese soldiers at Pearl Harbor?

    August 17, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. Johnny DC

    Of course it was a political mistake. It was a mistake all around. This is a legal issue, and Obama's commentary on it should have begun with it being a poorly conceived venture, and that any legal implications will be handled by the courts.

    For him to jump right out and unnecessarily throw judicial support at it shows just how inexperienced and out of touch he is. It simply irritated the majority of Americans and drew more attention than necessary to something that should have gone away on its own.

    August 17, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  12. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Someone asked a question, he answered it.

    What's the problem?

    He's right - this is America. The builders of the community center have a right to build it but there are questions about building it 2 blocks from Ground Zero. If folks really want to bring all the religions together, then have the community center house a mosque, a synagogue, and a chapel.

    Just remember - the GOP are trying to make the population afraid so they can win elections instead of talking about the real issues. They did the exact same thing in 2004 when they harped on gay marriage being the destruction of America and what did we get? Too many people voting for Bush and America being destroyed economically from the inside out because of Bush.

    Use your brain cells, people. The president is right in what he said.

    August 17, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  13. carlos

    it is very clear: The intelligence of the President, notice I write President, over the complete ignorance of the anti everything repulsives.

    That is the result of these poor inbred retards to keep their children as ignorant as possible, you will see what I mean by the scurrillous names directed at OUR PRESIDENT, why? you may ask,......simple, because these people were always abused and denied access to a civil world........that is the result, AMERICA, and go ahead and elect them to represent you NOT ME.

    August 17, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  14. RAG

    Yes. The bigots, theocrats and the Right Wing Hysteria Machine were doing irreperable damage to these Americans First Amendment rights and to our image as the land of religious tolerance in the world at large. It is a duty of the President to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, domestic and foreign. That includes Fox News and the Republican Party.

    August 17, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. Scott in Atlanta

    Does it matter WHAT he says anyway? You'll just twist it to say the opposite. You complain no matter what he does, or does not do. Then, when I go back and review what he actually said, and find out you're lying anyway, then I just take what you say with a half a grain of salt.

    You probably won't post this as it does not seem to fit your new found wanna be Fox agenda.

    August 17, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. ST

    Yes the President did the right thing at the right time to weigh in on the Mosque issue. It is a local issue but at the same the very sensitive one.
    Being fighting hard the war in terror and his extraordinary speech he gave in Cairo, there was no way as the leader he could have sat aside and watch the debate continue without saying even a single word.
    This issue is like a father watching his two kids fighting, while holding knives and no word from him!

    August 17, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  17. The Other Micheal in Houston

    Yes he should have said something. It is his job to protect and defend the constitution! Like I said in a previous post, this whole issue has everything to do with racisism. Period. Why is it okay to build churches within site of the Federal building in Oklahoma City? And furthermore, you Republican Jihadist love to cherry pick which part of the constitution you defend. You only want to defend freedom of religion when it is your religion. So if you do not like our constitution Republicans, then get out of my country. I applaud the President for doing what we elected him to do.

    August 17, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  18. David

    AKA..."Should Obama have weighed in on whether or not to uphold the U.S. Constitution?"


    And I firmly believe that anyone who thinks otherwise should seriously consider joining the Taliban because they'd fit right in!


    August 17, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  19. Justin

    The President is a leader, first and foremost. He absolutely should have stated the United States' commitment to religious freedom. Anyone who isn't willing to stand up for our Constitution isn't a leader.

    August 17, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  20. emma

    When politics of winning reign supreme, there is a chance integrity goes down the drain.

    August 17, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  21. jane

    Political mistake or not, it is entirely appropriate for a leader to remind the intolerant among us that this is a free country with freedom of religion being one of our most sacred rights.

    August 17, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. once upon a horse

    no matter what the president may have said about the mosque someo0ne would have found fault in it. I think really he should have left the situation alone. Then again if he chose NOT to comment on it the right probably would have claimed he was "hiding something" so as usal with this particular president it's "darned if you do, darned if you don't".

    August 17, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    If your President Barack Obama want address this issue he can do so, This a election year what ever he say will be twisted by the news media. Qusetion why isn't the the people mad at New York City Local Government they approve the building the Islamic Center with the mosque in it. NOT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. The President is right the FIRST AMENDMENT Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    August 17, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  24. Randall in Torrance, CA (Disabled Navy Veteran, Retired) - It is time to put the heels of our Liberal Democratic Boots on the necks of the out-of-control Radical Islamists

    I'm a huge Obama fan, but he blew this one. Would it be ok to erect a monument to the Emeror of Japan at Pearl Harbor after we were attacked at the outset of WWII? No.

    Obama, what were you thinking?

    August 17, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  25. Melissa

    He'd have done better not to say anything at all.

    August 17, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
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