AP Scrubs ‘Muslim’ from Obama’s Self-Referential Joke

Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book, Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We're In, is now available.


2013_white_house_correspondents_dinner_president_obama_michelle_obamaWarner Todd Huston reported at Breitbart Monday that “in some of its reports on Saturday night’s White House Correspondents Dinner (WHCD), the Associated Press failed to include one of President Obama’s own gags.” 

Obama said: “These days I look in the mirror and have to admit, I’m not the strapping young Muslim Socialist that I used to be.” But, noted Huston, “in one version of the night’s story (as seen at Huffington Post, Time Magazine, Breitbart Wires, the Ottawa Citizen, and The Columbian to name a few), the AP’s Bradley Klapper forgot one part of the President’s joke,” reporting his words as “I’m not the strapping young Socialist that I used to be,”

Why? Did they think it had too much of a ring of truth?

Why did some editors at AP or at the publications that picked up the AP story think it necessary to run interference for Obama on this point?

By mocking the idea that he is a Muslim (and a Socialist), Obama is trying to render these things too ridiculous for serious public discussion. Fine. His personal beliefs are of no moment, except insofar as they influence his public stances. And the direction of his public policies is obvious. He has maintained a consistent foreign policy line that has enabled the establishment of several Islamic supremacist, pro-Sharia states in North Africa and the Middle East, and a domestic policy that has enabled the advance of the Islamic supremacist agenda to assert the primacy of Islamic law over American law and practice wherever they conflict. No amount of mockery will obscure that.

The record is clear. As demonstrations and revolts swept the Muslim world during Obama’s first term, he was enthusiastic. He had encouraging words for the “Arab Spring” demonstrators in Egypt and Tunisia, and even gave military assistance to their Libyan counterparts. During the third and last debate of the 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney and Obama sparred over which could express support for the Syrian rebels (who are dominated by Islamic jihadists) more strongly, and as Obama’s second term began, his administration was inching ever closer to military aid for those rebels. Yet there were two large-scale demonstrations in Muslim countries that Obama did not support – and those two exceptions are extraordinarily revealing about his disposition, as well as his policy, toward Islam.

The two pro-democracy revolts that Obama refused to support were arguably the only two that were genuinely worthy of the pro-democracy label: the demonstrations against the Islamic regime in Iran in 2009, and the anti-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations in Egypt in winter 2013. There is a common thread between these two that distinguishes them from all the others: in Egypt in late 2012 and early 2013, as well as in Iran in 2009, the demonstrators were protesting against Islamic states; all the other demonstrations led to the establishment of Islamic states. To be sure, the Iranian demonstrators in 2009 contained many pro-Sharia elements that simply objected to the way the Islamic Republic was enforcing Sharia, but they also included many who wanted to reestablish the relatively secular society that prevailed under the last Shah. Whether the Sharia or the democratic forces would have won out in the end is a question that will never be answered – in no small part thanks to Barack Obama.

In every case Barack Obama has been consistent: in response to the demonstrations and uprisings in the Islamic world, he has without exception acted in the service of Islamic supremacist, pro-Sharia regimes. For whatever complex of personal affinity and political calculation, he has steered the United States, in the words of the Egyptian newspaper Rose el-Youssef, “from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

The transformation of U.S. foreign and domestic policy is the most significant manifestation of Obama’s warmly positive stance toward Islam. Speaking at the Pentagon in 2010 on the ninth anniversary of 9/11, Barack Obama returned to a recurring theme of his presidency: that the attacks on Americans and the war that has been declared against the West have nothing do with Islam. “As Americans, we will not and never will be at war with Islam,” Obama declared, echoing almost verbatim words he used in his June 2009 Cairo address, and then adding: “It was not a religion that attacked us that September day. It was al-Qaeda, a sorry band of men, which perverts religion.”

George W. Bush had affirmed that the U.S. was not at war with Islam, but Obama drove home the point in numerous ways: purging military and intelligence training materials of any mention of Islam in connection with terrorism; employing the might of the Justice Department to win special accommodation for Muslims in workplaces and schools; and lending the prestige and power of his administration to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s efforts to compel Western states to criminalize criticism of Islam.

Not a bad record for a self-described “Muslim Socialist,” however facetiously he meant the appellation. No wonder AP was embarrassed for him.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Nixon would never have gotten away with this stuff. Of Ford, or Reagan or even Bush 43.

    • Larry

      Not even Clinton would have gotten away with the crap he says and does, and that's saying something.

  • Amore

    I saw that. That actually sickens me. That president is worse than Adolf hitler ever dreamt of being. He's a blood thirsty Muslim .

    • Cassandra

      I saw it too and forced myself to watch. The interesting thing though is that when he is joking he is telling finally some trues.

    • Baruch Ben-Yosef

      "That president is worse than Adolf Hitler" – Are you nuts? Is "reality" irrelevant in this website?

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        Give him time…..
        And it's completely relevant. Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

        You really need to listen to the Kitty Wethmann story. https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=3556169

        • AnOrdinaryMan

          Thank you, sir. You should circulate this story wherever you can; and print it out an post it anywhere you can.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            It must drive the left nuts to see their boy exposed as the goose stepping fascist.

            They even thumbed us both down for posting and discussing it.

          • onepornqueen

            Did you think the day would come that we'd have an Alinskyite-in-Chief who would actually be able to use the deflection-through-mockery ploy? The coming epiphany for the numbtards is going to be incredibly traumatic.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            I grew up during watergate.
            If it happened, I thought the free press would protect us and attack that kind of president.

    • bluffcreek1967

      "The President is worse than Adolf Hitler ever dreamt of being" – Uh, excuse me? Yes, Obama is rotten to the core, a genuine enemy of the American people, and a Destroyer of America's foundational principles in theory (although he works daily at making it a reality), but to write what you did is historically naive.

      We do our cause no good when we exaggerate the willful errors of Obama. There's more than enough deception and evil on the part of Obama that's factually grounded that we don't need to resort to wild overstatements to make our point.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Well, one needs a highly competent forensic profiler to dissect this and that, but the media is having none of it, so they scrubbed – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/03/30/forensic-prof
    http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/30/u-s-leftist-m

    US media is in service of Obama Inc and it is more than self evident, dangerously so.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • guest

      The only difference between H and O is that O uses humor – O is so full of himself and thinks he is a commedian – yet, there are moments when both would yell/rant/almost get angry at trying to get a message across. Go ahead, tell me there aren't similarities.

  • Plain as day

    There are those who would condemn this article's points as nothing but conspiracy theory.

    They are the real conspirators.

  • pierce

    This President is being allowed to get away with this crap because he is black, and he is a muslim.

    The Press are his accompli, and they don't dare say anything bad, otherwise they would be racists.

    • Cassandra

      Pierce I agree with you. These days people are so afraid to be called racist when it gets to black. Blacks know this and take advantage. The president does it to our faces. I came back to live in this country 3 years ago and I could not believe the racism in reverse that is going on here. Trayvor Martin case is a good example of this and also the black mobs.

      • Jim_C

        People should be afraid to be called racist if they are racists. People should not be afraid to be called racist when they are not racists.

    • Txpatriot

      BHO is being allowed to do this because the whole government is in cahoots with BHO. We have very few Americans left in the government, mostly we have communist and Muslims. So there ya go.

    • SAM KHAIR

      HOW NAIEVE AMERICANS ARE THEY ELECTED A GUY WITH OBVIOUS ISLAMIC AGENDA WHICH PROMOTES TERRORISM
      IF YOU DONT UNDERSTAND HOW ISLAM IS DANGEROUS TO AMERICA & THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD ASK US WHO SPEAKS THIER SAME LANGAUGE & UNDERSTAND THEIR FASHIST IDEOLOGY
      THE CHRISTIANS OF EGYPT ARE THE BEST TO EXPOSE ISLAM
      I REFER THE FBI TO INTERPREAT THE SERMONS OF FATHER ZAKARIA BOTROS WHO KNOWS ABOUT ISLAM MORE THAN THE WHOLE ENTIRE FBI AGENCIES

  • waynamal

    I don't trust the man.

    • Txpatriot

      I no longer trust any of them. It is so damned obvious that this government is working against America.

  • WildJew

    Obama is as much a Muslim (even if he is non-practicing or an atheist) according to Islamic law as I am a Jew according to Jewish law. Obama's left-leaning supporters who tell me, here in the West we are free to choose our religion do not know Islamic law on this issue. The vast majority of Muslims worldwide rightly see Obama as a fellow Muslim.

  • Edward Cline

    Obama indeed is no longer "the strapping young Muslim Socialist" he used to be. Now he is an adult Muslim Socialist" and always will be. And that's no joke.

  • kafir4life

    When I heard President Stinky (BO) Benghazi tell the "joke", it made me wonder when he was ever "strapping".

    • John EColeman

      A JOKE !!! I guess some will fall for anything !

      after all , look who Voted for that comic of a >> World Leader ?????

  • Avi

    What is very interesting is that he did NOT joke about being foreign-born! Why?
    Whereas being a Moslem and a Socialist are not against the Constitution, his having been elected without being a "natural born citizen of the USA" definitely disqualifies him from his Presidential functions.

    • ARETHEYNUTS

      Yea he did. He talked about building his presidential library in his home town but, he wanted to keep it in the United States

    • Guest

      Obama is the worse so called prez this country has ever had. Why is he still here. We need a whole new leadership in DC. I mean all of them…none of them do anything to counteract what this so called person is doing. God Bless America

    • kafir4life

      That makes me wonder…..Do the Clintons still stand by the whole "Kenyan born" thing they started?

  • davarino

    In case there is any doubt, Obama is a muslim and a socialist.

    • Txpatriot

      No doubt here.

  • davarino

    Wow, my comment got scrubbed for using words that are in the article I was commenting about. A demonstration of what the article was talking about.

  • John E Coleman

    I would love to read the true and detailed Profile of an Obamaian ? any replies ??

  • SM ISAC

    Obama is getting bolder to test the water, so to speak, and the audience gave the kind of reaction to his "gags" that he had expected and wanted, confident in the knowledge that he has his own "security" forces.

    • 1JBRice1

      You are so right! Everytime he gets away with something, he comes back with another "sin" against America…

  • Winghunter

    AP is made up of JournoLists from all the treasonous left media and they're nothing more than an extension of the Socialist party.

  • slickdemetrius

    Not exactly my expertise, but who told Michelle Obama that dress was rocking? It really shows off her masculine physique…

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      If you glance at her quickly she looks like a cross dresser.

      • kafir4life

        It has a same effect as a longer glance.

    • kafir4life

      That may be why Stinky (BO) has stayed with her for so long. He wears her (him) as his beard, to make it appear that he's heterosexual. As the first (half) Black, openly gay president, he's broken a lot of ground, and more than a few laws since his first inauguration. Notice all the separate vacations. When he went on his "very private" golf outing with Tiger Woods, Tiger remarked that Stinks has "an amazing touch". We've seen him swing a golf club, so what else was meant? Obama's "red line" was on his lips, and Tiger Crossed them. In fact Tiger thought that Stinky's teeth were some of the whitest he's ever come across.

  • Shane

    Obama is the best friend that Islamic Jihad has in the West. Obama and The Jihad: http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/03/video-robert-sp

  • Edward Cline

    This is my fourth attempt to leave the comment that follows. The first time was early in the a.m., and the second about an hour ago. Who is the moderator here? Is it Robert Spencer himself, who may still have a mad on about my having mentioned him in the same column as Andrew McCarthy? Does the moderator object to the term "bloodied," by which is meant that Obama is now being bashed and exposed by his own fan club of lefties and sycophants? Anyway, the third try may be a charm.

    Obama has admitted to having been "a strapping young Muslim Socialist." Now he is a bloodied adult Muslim Socialist," and always will be. And that's no joke.

  • http://www.clarespark.com clarespark

    Now we know what can't be spoken in the press: I had mocked the underground rumors about his being a "Muslim" as he did, but part of the liberal press evidently believes that he is indeed a crypto-Muslim, a word that must be erased. It is a thought crime for real. So we are now officially in Orwell-land. See http://clarespark.com/2012/11/17/index-to-orwell-…. "Index to Orwell blogs."

  • geoffreybritain

    It is an assumption that Obama was 'joking'. Obama is undeniably narcissistic and arrogant. Such a mind-set takes great delight in telling the truth in an easily deniable fashion.

  • marios

    Obama is Muslim by Islamic law (his father was muslim) and he did not converted to Christianity as his Rev. Jeremiah Wright actually said. any Muslim converted consider as an apostate and by Islamic law must be killed. Not this case and that is why almost 100% of Muslims in our contry voted for him. Moreover, he got financial aid from Muslims all over the world for his Pres. campaign. I came across some Muslim site where Palestinians (!!!) bragged that they sent money for his campaign. It is obvious that he is socialists if judge him by his deeds . Problem is that MSM, biased, corrupted, which is on petro-dollars and leftists billionaires( who want "New Order" in our country) payroll, cover him whatever horrible things he does. The Shadow party/leftists bought judicial system as well. Educational system is under their control and youth "brainwashed" by leftists/member of Union professors. Republicans missed that great country trasformation into rotten totalitarian system. Hope, just hope that it can be reversed if have American "Margaret Thatcher". Our country is too great to allow them destruct it.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    First Woman Michelle Obama.

    ………..Lipstick on a………..

  • Guest

    "His personal beliefs are of no moment, except insofar as they influence his public stances."

    But his or any other person's genuinely held beliefs do in fact influence their decision making process. That is a human trait and why it is important to elect a person of high moral character. This is exactly why we are in the shape we are currently in. Too many people buy the idea that a person's values does not matter.

  • Chanameel

    Oh Wow!!!

    Michelle's hands are much bigger than his.

    How does the saying go???

    Big hands, big feet, big…not butt, although if the shoe fits…

    Now we know who wears the pants in this family

    The Single Mother syndrome at its best.

    The only single mother is HER mother who looks after the girls.

    Not to mention the attentive full time staff that take care of them.

    Nothing to see here!!!

  • Gary

    Can you believe that the POTUS has finally come out of the muslim closet and declared who he really? But it really is no shock. All the smart people knew who he really is. We were warned and now that that the truth is out, what are we going to do about this. He is laughing in our faces.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Mullah Barak Benghazi Hussein Obama, not a muslim, no not one bit a muslim, he is and
    Irish actor trained in Dublin Bars. Now I feel better but and or, he may be the devil himself.
    As far as the Associated Press is concerned, if they have anything to do with a story I do
    not waste time reading it, as they are possibly the greatest sourse of misinformation next
    to the White House Press Secretary and the MSM………………………Williiam

  • Arlie

    I just need to make a comment on the photo. According to my eye sight,,,Michelle looks like a drag queen, transgender or something very strange looking? Her hands are as big and o's and she's just all around bigger..she does not look like a regular female to me. Very strange.

    • John EColeman

      I think the words you may be looking for are " A Large Black Muslin in Drag "

      Obama is Great !!!! Just look at his record !

  • guydewhitneyadmin

    Have you noticed Robert, that Obama seems to be accommodating to the Sunni but, will lay down and SERVES Shiite interests?

  • Herb Benty

    What would have happened in 1940 if the leftist media covered for a Nazi to become POTUS. Upon learning this, Americans would have Quickly removed him/her and arrested the conniving media. This scenario is similar to Obama . Obama is trying his best to ruin the U.S.A. with Pravda-like media loving him.

  • Irv Spielberg

    [Spotted this little tidbit on the ever present net. Hope you like it.]

    Obama: Light & Heavy !

    (1) Obama’s favorite candy: Mecca Wafers!
    (2) Barack-coli: a vegetable or a national plague!
    (3) Obama Coffee: grounds for impeachment!
    (4) Prov. 17:7 (NIV): “Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool – how much worse lying lips to a ruler!”
    (5) When Obama says we’re on the cutting edge of history, he must be thinking about beheadings!
    (6) New nursery un-rhyme: Obaba Black Sheep keeps pulling the wool over our eyes!
    (7) The southwest is running out of water, but Obama is helping with his surplus of wet*****!
    (8) Prov. 19:10 (NIV): “It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury – how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!”
    (9)
    Obama is an expert on beheading. After lunch he tells his secretary:
    “I’ll be heading back to the golf course!
    (10) The border fence isn’t
    high enough to keep out un-American criminals. I repeat, the White House
    fence isn’t high enough to keep out un-American criminals – and now
    they’re inside the White House!
    (11) Prov. 30:21, 22 (NIV): “the earth…cannot bear up [under] a servant who becomes king.”
    (12) We’ve gone from America’s Declaration of “unalienable rights” to Obama’s Proclamation of ALIENable rights!
    (13) The nicest words Obama could repeat while golfing: “I’m having a stroke, I’m having a stroke”!

    (For more kicks Google “Michelle Obama’s Allah-day” and “The Background Obama Can’t Cover Up.”)