White House Back To “No Comment” Policy On “Ground Zero Mosque”

Jack Tapper reports this exchange from today’s White House Briefing:

REPORTER: Can we expect the president to speak out any more on the Islamic community center near Ground Zero? And also will the White House play any role in discussions about moving the facility to a different location?


Well, let’s see how long that lasts.

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  1. Alex Knapp says:

    Typical cowardice on taking a stand from this Administration.

  2. Edmond says:

    His ‘support’ of the ‘Mosque’ is really quite shameful. Even the opponents of the project acknowledge its right to exist. The question is whether we have the courage to embrace a free, open society.

  3. Dave Schuler says:

    As I’ve said before the president had two prudent alternative courses of action: keep his mouth shut on this subject or take a principled stand. I fail to see how the president’s words to date in this matter have helped him politically.

  4. Even the opponents of the project acknowledge its right to exist.

    Even the candidate for Governor of New York who wants to use eminent domain to take the property away from it’s owners before the project is completed ?

    I keep hearing that line but, honestly, I think there are a lot of mosque opponents who are paying lip service to the “they have the right to build it” argument but don’t really believe it

  5. Dave,

    Obviously his decision to speak out about it two weeks ago didn’t really take political consequences into account, did it ?

  6. sam says:

    Perhaps he could ask Charlie Rangel to have a quiet chat with the Imam and they could both figure out a way to move with dignity.