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Transcript: Obama’s Emergency Christian Press Conference

Posted on August 21 2010 4:15 pm
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by Exurban Jon

President Obama: I would like to thank all the reporters for coming on such short notice. As you know, ever since the White House hosted an Iftar dinner marking the start of Ramadan, there have been murmurs that I might possibly be a Muslim. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Partisan rumor-mongering existed in Washington long before I arrived and the American people are sick of this old Beltway game. We need to rise above these petty politics and say no to the voices of intolerance and fear.

While it’s disappointing that this statement is even necessary, let be be perfectly clear: I am a Christian. I am not a Muslim. Period.

I thank the American people for letting me put a decisive end to these malicious rumors. I’ll take a few of your questions.

Mark Knoller, CBS News: Mr. President, what’s up with the hat?

Obama: The… hat?

Knoller: On your head.

Obama: Oh, this? It’s a mitre. Many Christian leaders wear a mitre – bishops, popes and whatnot. Being a Christian myself, I happen to wear one from time to time.

Read the whole thing at Exurban League.

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