For our session this afternoon, you may be wondering: Dionne and David Brooks, for three or four years, have been saying we must do a session on Reinhold Niebuhr. We used to say we think you all should know about Niebuhr. And Obama went on for 25 minutes about his admiration for Reinhold Niebuhr.
Not even his speech at the Democratic National Convention inwhich catapulted him on to the national stage, has a spot on the playlist before it.
Jefferson and Lincoln were both accused of being atheists. Kennedy was attacked for being Catholic. Eager to show skeptical party leaders that he was a viable national candidate, he addressed the Catholic question head-on in a speech before the American Society of Newspaper Editors in Are we going to admit to the world that a Jew can be elected Mayor of Dublin, a Protestant can be chosen Foreign Minister of France, a Moslem can be elected to the Israeli parliament — but a Catholic cannot be President of the United States?
Are we going to admit to the world — worse still, are we going to admit to ourselves — that one-third of the American people is forever barred from the White House? It was the right move, both morally and tactically. To ignore or give in to fear of Catholicism would have meant certain electoral peril.
Obama had a similar calculus to make, albeit with different variables. Since at least his senatorial raceObama had been dogged by rumors about his religious background.
By the time his presidential run was in full swing, those rumors had largely morphed from an alleged Muslim past into a secret Muslim present coupled with a foreign birth. That is how he packaged himself: He was the son of a Muslim man and for 15 years, the stepson of another Muslim man, and spent nearly four years of his youth in one of the most populous Muslim countries in the world.
For a candidate wanting to connect with an electorate that held increasingly negative views of Muslims and Islam, it was the right tactical move. InPew found that a majority of Americans either had an unfavorable or neutral opinion of Muslims, and 70 percent thought their own religion was very different from Islam.
For any politician then, Muslims, who made up just a few million citizens spread out over a vast country, had a negative net value.
But for the first black candidate who had a serious shot at the White House, and who also had the middle name Hussein and a last name that rhymed with Osama, the association could be disastrous. The campaign made a calculated choice: For Obama and his team, Muslim engagement had to be handled delicately.
Every move was calculated and calibrated. Have a coordinator for Muslim outreach, but have her meet with Muslim-American leaders in private and, incredibly, express remorse for doing so when she gets caught.
Remove two women with hijab from behind Obama at a rally in Detroit so no one noticeably Muslim is within the same frame as the candidate but apologize for it in private the next day. Have a black Muslim, Rep. And above all else, never visit a mosque.
This pragmatic calculus worked.
Obama managed to publicly keep American Muslims at a distance without many people noticing. Even if they had, polls suggested they would either not care or actually approve.
Of course there were Muslims working in the Obama campaign in His was the most diverse administration in U.
A few months after candidate Donald Trump said he would not rule out making Muslim-Americans carry identification cards, the president finally visited an American mosque for the first time and affirmed the rights of Muslim-Americans.
And when any part of our family starts to feel separate or second-class or targeted, it tears at the very fabric of our nation. A president is as much a reflection of the people who voted for him as he is the people who did not vote against him.
Obama handled Muslim-Americans the way the country implicitly and explicitly told him to. Trump is doing the same thing today. The week after he first suggested such a ban during the primaries, his popularity surged to triple that of his closest GOP rival and within a few months, half of all American voters, regardless of political party, supported the ban as well.
In his farewell address, President Obama made one final plea to the nation.
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