- Associated Press - Monday, August 16, 2010

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (AP) — A White House spokesman said Monday that politics wasn’t a factor in President Obama’s remarks about building a mosque near the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York.

White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton said it was “not politics” but Mr. Obama’s feeling that he had the obligation as president to “make sure people are treated equally” under the Constitution.

Mr. Obama has said that religious freedom allows the mosque to be built, but without commenting on the wisdom of building one two blocks from ground zero. Republicans have pounded him for his comments, making it a prime midterm election issue.

Mr. Burton said Mr. Obama “felt it was his obligation as president to address this.”

Mr. Obama was on his way to Wisconsin on Monday for fundraising.

 

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide