That silver-tongued Obama went on the defensive complaining Republicans were picking on him, but, at least, he gave John McCain credit for not talking about his “Muslim faith.”
Contextually, Obama seems to be referring to his “alleged Muslim faith,” but he panics his liberal interlocutor, George Stephanopoulos, who hastily interjects “Christian faith.”
Obama is not panicked, and prattles on contentedly, giving some assurance thereby that, aw, shucks! he wasn’t really fessing up to being the Hidden Imam after all.
But, in Obama’s parlous position of being a candidate with both a Muslim name and a (deliberately minimized) Muslim background, running for the presidency in time of war with radical Islam, maladroit, slightly ambiguous references to “My Muslim faith” are high-risk pinball. I feel sure we’ll see YouTube videos with those words in Obama’s voice superposed over the pictures of Obama in traditional Somali dress sooner or later.
Obama is a gaffe machine.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You mention your Christian faith. Yesterday you took off after the Republicans for suggesting you have Muslim connections. Just a few minutes ago, Rick Davis, John McCain’s campaign manager, said they’ve never done that. This is a false and cynical attempt to play victim.
OBAMA: You know what? I mean, these guys love to throw a rock and hide their hand. The…
STEPHANOPOULOS: The McCain campaign has never suggested you have Muslim connections.
OBAMA: No, no, no. But the — I don’t think that when you look at what is being promulgated on Fox News, let’s say, and Republican commentators who are closely allied to these folks–
STEPHANOPOULOS: But John McCain said that’s wrong.
OBAMA: Now, well, look. Listen. You and I both know that the minute that Governor Palin was forced to talk about her daughter, I immediately said that’s off limits. And–
STEPHANOPOULOS: But John McCain said the same thing about questioning your faith.
OBAMA: And what was the first thing the McCain?s campaign went out and did? They said, look, these liberal blogs that support Obama are out there attacking Governor Palin.
Let’s not play games. What I was suggesting — you’re absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith. And you’re absolutely right that that has not come–
STEPHANOPOULOS: Christian faith.
OBAMA: — my Christian faith. Well, what I’m saying is that he hasn’t suggested–
STEPHANOPOULOS: Has connections, right.
OBAMA: — that I’m a Muslim. And I think that his campaign’s upper echelons have not, either.