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