It’s Ramadan at Obama’s White House

UPDATED 12:02 am: Obama Calls Islam Part of America at White House Ramadan Dinner on the fifth anniversary of Beslan.

President Barack Obama highlighted the contributions made by Muslims to
American culture and the “dynamism and diversity” of the Islamic community.

“Islam, as we know, is part of America,” Obama said at a White House dinner
celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. “Together we have a
responsibility to foster engagement grounded in mutual interest and mutual

“That’s one of my fundamental commitments as president both at home and
abroad,” Obama said. “That is central to the new beginning that I’ve sought
between the United States and Muslims around the world and that is a commitment
that we can renew once again during this holy seaso

Honoring Ramadan, which began Aug. 22, is the latest part of Obama’s sustained
outreach efforts to the Muslim world. The president pledged during a June 4
speech in Cairo, Egypt to “seek a new beginning” between the U.S. and Islam.

Seated next to Obama was Bilquis Abdul-Qaadir, a devout
who, as a high-school basketball player in Massachusetts,
scored more than 3,000 points, breaking the state record –while wearing a traditional hijab." (here)

Singling her out for a round of applause and noting that
she’s under five foot five inches tall, Obama said Abdul-Qaadir
is “an inspiration not simply to Muslim girls, she’s an
inspiration to all of us.” 

It should have been Rifqa Bary. Rifqa should have been seated next to Obama. He should have singled her out for singular courage.


Office of the Press
Immediate Release                                                   September 1,

Below is a list of some of the expected attendees at tonight’s White House
dinner celebrating Ramadan:

Secretary Robert Gates, Department of
Attorney General Eric Holder, Department of Justice
Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services

Deputy Secretary Dennis
Hightower, Department of Commerce
Deputy Secretary Tony Miller, Department of

Congressman Andre Carson
(Indiana 7th)
Congressman John Conyers (Michigan 14th)
Congressman Keith
Ellison (Minnesota 5th)
Congressman Rush Holt (New Jersey 12th)
Richard Lugar (R-IN)

Ambassador Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid
Al Hussein, Jordan
Ambassador Adel A.M. Al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia
Husain Haqqani, Pakistan
Ambassador Erlan A. Idrissov,
Ambassador His Excellency Said Tayeb Jawad,
Ambassador Aziz Mekouar, Morocco
Ambassador Peter N.R.O.
Ogego, Kenya
Ambassador Roble Olhaye, D’jibouti
Ambassador Michael Oren,

From the Washington Post here: (hat tip Laura)

Asked about the unusual step of inviting the Israeli ambassador to the dinner,
the White House described it as a small part of the event." we thought it was an
opportunity to reach out to ambassadors of nations with sizable Muslim
including the ambassadors of France, the [United Kingdom], India,
and Israel."

It's indecent.

Ambassador Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat, Indonesia
Ambassador Klaus
Scharioth, Germany
Ambassador Meera Shankar, India
Ambassador Nabi Sensoy,
Ambassador Sir Nigel Elton Sheinwald, United Kingdom
Sameh Hassan Shoukry, Egypt
Ambassador Samir Shakir Mahmood Sumaida’ie,
Ambassador Pierre Nicolas Vimont, France
Chargé d'Affaires Sheikh
Mohammed Belal, Bangladesh
Chargé d'Affaires Ilango Karuppanan,
Chargé d'Affaires Mohamed O Maiga,
Chargé d'Affaires Angela Oi
Foong Shim, Brunei
Chargé d'Affaires Baba Gana Wakil, Nigeria
Mr. Maen
Areikat, Chief of Mission, PLO

Ms. Bilquis Abdul-Qaadir,
University of Memphis
Professor Azizah Al-Hibri, University of Richmond
School of Law
Ms. Reema Ali, Karamah: Muslim Women Lawyers for Human
Mr. Hasan Chandoo, Oppenheimer & Co.

Mr. Hasan Chandoo, Oppenheimer & Co. $100,000 donation bundler and the
Pakistani friend whose family opened their home to Obama
during his 1981 visit to Pakistan.
Over at Free Republic (hat tip Laura)

"For some reason Barack Obama has never mentioned his
three week stay in Pakistan in any of his writi
ngs. On the infamous San
Francisco trip in which Obama called small town Americans “bitter” he also
bragged that he had more foreign policy credentials than Hillary Clinton and
John McCain. One of the things he listed on his resume was his extensive foreign
travel including a 1981 trip to Pakistan. However since this admission, slip of
the tongue, or however you would characterize it, Obama has never mentioned this
trip again.

Although his campaign manager did discuss it when pressed:

As a freshman, he quickly became friends with Mohammed
Hasan Chandoo and Wahid Hamid, two wealthy Pakistanis
In 1981, Obama
transferred from Occidental to Columbia. In between, he traveled to Pakistan – a
trip that enhanced his foreign policy qualifications, he maintained in a private
speech at a San Francisco fundraiser last month. Obama spent
“about three weeks” in Pakistan, traveling with Hamid and staying in Karachi
with Chandoo’s family,
said Bill Burton, Obama’s press secretary.

The Chandoo he was referring to is Mohammed Hassan Chandoo which this website
claims is now a major campaign bundler for Obama:

Bundler: Hasan Chandoo

Employer: Oppenheimer & Co State: NY Bundler Status
for 2008: Bundler for Barack Obama, raised at least $100,000.00

Nathan Diament, Director,
Institute for Public Affairs, Orthodox Union*
Imam Plemon El-Amin, Atlanta
Masjid al-Islam

Imam Plemon El-Amin of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam and chairman of
the Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta addressed the audience at the press
conference, held at the Atlanta Masjid:

Metro-Atlanta Muslim leaders condemn Muhammad cartoons (here)
The statement also noted that “the right to freedom of
expression” has limits
and reminded Muslims and non-Muslims alike of the
Prophet Muhammad’s words: “The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by
his strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in
"Under U.S. and International law, the right to freedom of expression is
not considered unlimited and is only considered legitimate when in pursuit of an
aim recognized as legitimate and should not violate the rights and reputations
of others nor violate the preservation of national security or public order,
health and morals. Slanderous, libelous, demeaning and demonizing images that
provoke public anger and discord cannot be considered legitimate exercises of
free speech."

Mr. Wahid Hamid, PepsiCo

Hamid is Obama's other travel companion from
1981 Pakistani visit

Ms. Dina Hammad
Mr. Lutfi
Ms. Nashala Hearn
Ms. Rosalind Hearn
Imam Yahya Hendi, Chaplain,
Georgetown University
Pastor Joel Hunter, Northland Church*
Mr. Nooman
Mr. Imad Hussain
Mr. Sanford Ibrahim, CEO, Radian Group
Jameel Jaffer, Staff Attorney, ACLU

He's the ACLU GITMO guy-I'm sure he's great friends with Holder-bet they sat together for dinner

Jameel Jaffer is a litigator for the National Legal Department of the ACLU. Mr. Jaffer is currently counsel to the plaintiffs in ACLU et al. v. Department of Defense, litigation under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that has resulted in the release of tens of thousands of documents concerning the treatment of prisoners held by the United States in Iraq, Afghanistan, and at Guant�namo Bay Naval Base. Since 2002, Mr. Jaffer has also served as counsel in several of the most significant cases involving the USA Patriot Act. Before joining the staff of the ACLU, he served as law clerk to Hon. Amalya L. Kearse, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and then to Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada.

Mr. Jaffer on NPR interview titled ACLU Leads Investigation into Detainee Torture:

Mrs. Elsheba Khan
Dr. Mansur Khan,
UMMA Community Clinic
Ms. Farhana Khera, Muslim Advocates

"she worked for six years directly for Senator Russell D. Feingold (D-WI),
the Chairman of the Constitution Subcommittee. Ms. Khera focused substantially
on the USA PATRIOT Act, racial and
religious profiling
and other civil liberties issues raised by the
government's anti-terrorism policies since September 11, 2001. She was the Senator's lead staff member in developing anti-racial
profiling legislation and organizing subcommittee hearings on racial


Lt. Commander
Abuhena Saifulislam, U.S. Marine Corps
Mr. Kareem Salama
Imam Yusuf
Saleem, Masjid Muhammad
Dr. Ingrid Mattson, President, Islamic Society of
North America
Mr. Farooq Mitha
Ms. Dalia Mogahed, Director, Gallup Center
for Muslim Studies*
Ms. Hutham Olayan, Olayan America Corp.
Mr. Eboo
Patel, Interfaith Youth Corps*
Imam Yusuf Saleem, Masjid Muhammad
David Saperstein, Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism*
Ms. Mina
Trudeau, Executive Director, El Fatiha Foundation
Mr. J. Saleh Williams,
Congressional Muslim Staffers Association
Mr. Mohamed Zakariya, Zakariya

*denotes members of the President’s Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood

This release has been corrected. hat tip Laura

Terror has a place setting at the White House

Robert takes down Mattson, one attendee, here

Dalia Mogahed here
Eboo Patel here

UPDATE: Pols chowing down with US front for Hamas. OT ..."break fast" totally stolen from the Jews' Yom Kippur (like they steal everything else from us).

California Pols Break Fast with Hamas Front
IPT News

Dozens of California lawmakers are expected to gather in the state Capitol this
evening for an Iftar dinner – the meal breaking the daily fast for Muslims
during the month of Ramadan.

In doing so, the politicians are partnering with a
group that federal law enforcement officials say is a Hamas-front.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations' (CAIR)
California chapter issued a news release Monday boasting that the dinner is
co-hosted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Speaker Karen Bass and Senate President
Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and 35 other lawmakers.

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