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Obama backtracks on NY mosque

Weighing his words carefully on a fiery political issue, USĀ President Barack Obama said Saturday thatĀ Muslims have the right to build a mosque near New York’s ground zero, but he did not say whether he believes it is a good idea to do so.

Asked Saturday about comments he made during his trip to Florida, Obama said: “I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on the right that people have that dates back to our founding.”

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