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Fact Check: Did Obama Say of Muslims “I am One of Them”?

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to another act in the ongoing production of the Editing Quotes Out of Context Theatre.

A new alleged quotation of President Barack Obama is making the rounds at right-wing websites and in Republican e-mail circles, a quotation being used to “prove” Barack Obama is a Muslim:

“I have lived in a Muslim-majority country… I know, because I am one of them.” Barack Hussein Obama

O! Mi! Gawd! B. Hussein O’ Bomb-a just declared that he is “one of them.” They. Them. One of the Muslims!

… or did he?

Fact check time. Here’s the real quote, from a speech made in April 2009 to the Parliament of Turkey:

The United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans. Many other Americans have Muslims in their families or have lived in a Muslim-majority country — I know, because I am one of them.

What silliness. President Obama stated the obvious and the true: the “them” refers to Americans who “have Muslims in their families” and Americans who “have lived in a Muslim-majority country.” No one disputes Barack Obama has Muslims in his family — his Indonesian stepfather was Muslim. No one disputes that Barack Obama has lived in a Muslim-majority country: as a child, he spent some years living in Indonesia.

But did Barack Obama declare himself to Muslim in this quote? Obviously not.

3 comments to Fact Check: Did Obama Say of Muslims “I am One of Them”?

  • Luke

    The American Rennasaince site linked here appears to be focused much more on White Supremacy than on more traditionally defined Republican beliefs.

  • MARVIN PURSER

    DID OBAMA SAY THAT IF THINGS GOT NASTY, HE WOULD SIDE WITH THE MUSLIMS? REPORT WAS: THAT WAS IN HIS BOOK. I ASSUMED THAT HE
    WAS REPORTING WHAT HE SAID WHEN HE WAS YOUNG AND IMMATURE.

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