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.
“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.