Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Who said this?

By Donald Sensing

An actual quote by the president, speaking to Muslims around the world:

"We respect your faith. It's practiced freely by many millions of Americans and by millions more in countries that America counts as friends. Its teachings are good and peaceful."
Which president said it? Was it President Obama, speaking during his interview with al-Arabiya TV this week? Or was it President George W. Bush during a speech nine days after the attacks of 9/11?

Oh, you know. As James Taranto explains, Obama's remarks to al-Arabiya, to whom Bush gave "several" interviews himself, were both in substance and tone hardly distinguishable from Bush's policy statements. Ann Althouse notes about the NYT's gushing over Obama's interview,
George Bush said exactly that innumerable times. When Bush said it, did they simply not believe it? Did they find it patronizing? Did it sound naive and insufficiently appreciative of multiculturalism?
And so new boss's Barack Obama's rehabilitation of George W. Bush continues.

But what about that bit about the Quran holding "teachings [that] are good and peaceful"? Manfred Gerstenfeld wonders, "Can the Koran be compared to 'Mein Kampf'?"

Update: James S. Robbins at NRO says that Obama's interview was "More of the Same" and shows point by point why Obama's statements are practically identical to Bush's.

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