But let me be clear. As a citizen, and as President, I believe that Muslims have the same right…President Obama August 14:
I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there.And Later that same afternoon:
"Just to be clear, the President is not backing off in any way from the comments he made last night," White House spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement Saturday afternoon.Proposed rule of Barackrobatics: when the President explicitly says that he's about to "be clear", what follows immediately thereafter will not be clear.
Bonus observation from the second link above:
And I think its very important that as difficult as some of these issues are, that we stay focused on who we are as a people and what our values are all about.What does it mean to "stay focused on" topics that are inherently huge and fuzzy? Nothing; he'd just prefer that "we" not focus on this specific issue.