So … WTF “did” he say?

On Friday – at the Iftar dinner – we were treated to this:

As a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country,” Obama said Friday. “And that includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in Lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances. This is America. And our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakeable.”

On Saturday, he said this:

“In this country, we treat everybody equally and in accordance with the law, regardless of race, regardless of religion. I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there,” Obama told reporters accompanying him and first lady Michelle Obama on a trip to the Gulf Coast.

“I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding.”

And then we got this:

“Just to be clear, the President is not backing off in any way from the comments he made last night.”

“It is not his role as President to pass judgment on every local project.
 But it is his responsibility to stand up for the Constitutional principle of religious freedom and equal treatment for all Americans,” Burton said. “What he said last night, and reaffirmed today, is that If a church, a synagogue or a Hindu temple can be built on a site, you simply cannot deny that right to those who want to build a Mosque.”

So, if he wasn’t endorsing, then backing off, and then reaffirming the project, wtf was he doing?

White House officials said earlier in the day that Mr. Obama was not trying to promote the project, but rather sought more broadly to make a statement about freedom of religion and American values. “In this country we treat everybody equally and in accordance with the law, regardless of race, regardless of religion,” Mr. Obama said at the Coast Guard station. “I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on the right people have that dates back to our founding. That’s what our country is about.

Oh, I know. He was lecturing us.

And, he was lying. He did endorse it when he said, in the first statement, that it was the AMERICAN thing to do. He said they had the RIGHT to do it.

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