It feels like an age has passed, since we heard the steady and strident claims from the right that BHO was a secret, a clandestine, "Muslim," as though the moniker alone was reflective of something nefarious and evil. The notion that simply being a practicing Muslim, in this country, is suspicious at best, and evil at worst, is a reflection of the ideas put forth by the last administration, even amid the public pronouncements from George W. Bush that countered that perspective; his true supporters understood that he was simply being "politically correct." They knew the "truth" about "Muslims."
This does not dismiss the fact that there are some evil Muslims in the world, and that some of the things done supposedly in the name of Allah should never have come to pass. I understand that. But, people in this country, angry, legitimately, with the actions of bin Laden and crew, took things too far. BHO's middle name, Hussein, became a weapon to be used against him by those on the right. Those who used his full name at every reference knew that BHO's middle name was a liability in "real America" (a fictional land occupied only by people who believe that this nation was established by evangelical Christians, know that the Constitution was a direct reflection of the KJV of the Bible, and understand that everything in American history was good).
That's why it was so good to listen to BHO talk about the way he sees our potential future relationship with the Muslim world. It had none of the misplaced bravado of George W. Bush, nor the sinister sneer of Richard Cheney. See for yourself:
BHO's is a measured and reasoned approach to working with Muslims countries and cultures. He was right to say that this nation is not a "Christian nation" (I am sure that a fair few "Christians" were apoplectic about that dose of reality). I think that if our Muslim neighbors out there are sincere, then realistic decisions can be made about issues throughout the Middle East.
It just feels so good to have confidence in the POTUS once again. Yet, I am sure that others will see this strategy by BHO as being nothing more than confirmation of their deepest suspicions about the man. I say leave them in the fictional realm that they have constructed for themselves, while the rest of us work to repair the damage done over the course of the last eight years.
If this is how a clandestine "Muslim" acts, then I am all for it. Better this "Muslim," than any of the "Christians" who fear him. Those folks are truly scary.