The responses kept pouring in on how the optics might not have gone over as well as expected:
Others were hung up on how the First Lady and the President were stuffing backpacks during the event:
Alright, that was a low blow. But others noticed the imagery as well:
This Twitter user had an alternative suggestion for the kind of photo-op she wanted on the anniversary of 9/11:
Any day but 9/11 for such a photo-op, many expressed:
On 9/11′s anniversary, emotions run high:
The KaBOOM! charity expressed their sincere gratitude to the First Lady for attending the event for the annual 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance:
The KaBOOM! charity describes its operations as the following on its official website:
KaBOOM! works to bring balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America. We do this by creating great places to play, inspiring communities to promote and support play and driving the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives.
The news agency CNBC reported in regards to the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, founded in 2002 , that:
“Many prominent national nonprofits are again joining in, among them AARP, local affiliates of the HandsOn Network, American Red Cross, George Washington University, KaBOOM!, New York Cares, Taproot Foundation, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Super Service Challenge, Reward Volunteers, A Billion + Change, Points of Light Institute and many local United Way affiliates.”
The co-founder of 9/11 Day, David Paine, explained, “9/11 is now the nation’s largest annual day of charitable engagement. It’s no longer defined solely by the acts of terrorists.” Paine added, “Helping others in need is a very appropriate and meaningful way to honor the victims of 9/11. I’m surely grateful that millions of people are paying tribute to my brother and all the victims by marking this solemn day with charitable action.”
On a day when every act by the President of the United States and the First Lady is considered to be symbolic by Americans who vow “never to forget,” it’s important to be aware that every event carries with it the risk of being considered “bad optics.”
President Obama held an Oval Office meeting with Middle Eastern-based Arab Christians on 9/11, one member of whom is a loud and proud supporter of the terrorist group Hezbollah.
The day before, members of the same group, holding a conference under the name In Defense of Christians, booed andshouted down keynote speaker Senator Ted Cruz when he called for support of Israel. Cruz told the group, “[I]f you will not stand with Israel and the Jews, then I will not stand with you. Thank you and God bless you.”
It’s surprising White House staffers allowed Maronite Patriarch Bashara Rai to meet with the President in the first place. As the Washington Free Beaconreports, the Lebanon-based Hezbollah supporting cleric isn’t shy about his views.
“Everyone says why is Hezbollah carrying arms?” said Rai in a 2011 interview with Al-Arabiya. “We responded that the international community did not exert pressure on Israel to withdraw from Lebanese territory. As long as there is an occupied Lebanese territory, Hezbollah will maintain that it wants to carry arms in defense of its land. What will we say to it then? Isn’t [Hezbollah] right?”
And, surprisingly, Rai wasn’t the only terrorist-supporting cleric invited to the meeting. From the Washington Free Beacon:
According to an IDC press release, another attendee at the meeting with Obama was Orthodox Church Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, who posted photos on Facebook from his meeting with a “high level delegation from Hezbollah” last week. Antioch Church patriarch Gregory III Laham, who has called anti-Christian terrorism in Iraq a “Zionist conspiracy against Islam,” also attended, according to the press release.
The United States has listed Hezbollah as a terrorist organizationsince 1997, but the terror group and its mirror organization Islamic Jihad have been responsible for terrorist attacks since the 1980s. The group is responsible for bombing the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983, killing 241 men.
The White House still has not commented on the meeting.
I confess I've been called a bigot for lots of things simply because I have a Christian worldview. I've been called it by atheists, homosexuals and Islamists, but they always use that because they simply cannot defend their positions, and so, they resort to name calling. It shouldn't surprise anyone then that socialist Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) spoke at an Islamic Society of Orange County town hall meeting on the issue of the Constitution and Sharia law.
Keep in mind that this town hall meeting took place in 2012, but her words are still relevant today because she and others like her continue to think like this.
"Over the last year, and due to the focus of House Republicans on so-called 'Muslim radicalization,' we have seen politicians and pundits attacking the Islamic faith as a security threat to the United States," she said. "Across the country, these people are exploiting fear and trying to convince state legislatures that the state adoption of Sharia tenants is the strategy extremists are using to transform the United States into an Islamic country."
Wow! There is far too much in just that one statement that is easily demonstrated to be true. First, as I always point out, there is no "radical Islam," only Islam. Republicans need to get that right. Second, it wasn't Republicans who tweeted this out:
As for the strategy of adopting Sharia, well let's be clear, Sharia is the law in Islam. It applies to Islamists as well as the infidels (at least in the Islamists minds). It is not championed by extremists, but Islamists. In fact, Islam is very optimistic in its view of dominating the world, just as Christians view the power of the gospel to do the same thing. Therefore, they seek to gain ground in every country they dwell in for the sake of Allah. This means a transformation of every country into an Islamic country.
As for the claim of strategy, one need only look to the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood to determine whether this is a strategy or a conspiracy theory. I'll go with what the Muslim Brotherhood has written concerning this issue. Mrs. Waters is either ignorant (without excuse) or she is complicit. In either case, this woman is not fit to hold office.
She then declared that, at the time, at least thirteen states were looking to adopt legislation forbidding Sharia. What is wrong with that? We have a US Constitution. That's the law in the US. Each State has a Constitution and as far as I know, not one of them is Sharia compliant. But what happens when states try and push forward this legislation? You guessed it, the Islamists and their socialist and communist friends come out of the woodwork to try and beat it down. Just look at Oklahoma, where the federal government tried to force them to overturn anti-Sharia law and to pay Islamists $303,333!
After speaking about Newt Gingrich's call for Sharia not to be recognized by any court in the United States, she smugly declared that she doesn't mind calling names and telling it like it is, but you will find absolutely no mention in her pre-written speech about the Muslim Brotherhood's goals, will you?
Islam means to change the very culture you live in and the laws you live under America. If you have any doubts, understand that a current imam at the Islamic Society of Orange County and former president of the Islamic Society of North America, Muzammil H. Siddiqi, issued this fatwa on Islamonline.net (the link has now dead, but did find it in the web archives here).
"It is true that Islam stands for the sovereignty of Allah the Almighty and Allah's rules are not limited to the acts of worship, they also include social, economic and political matters. By participating in a non-Islamic system, one cannot rule by that which Allah has commanded. But things do not change overnight. Changes come through patience, wisdom and hard work.
I believe that as Muslims, we should participate in the system to safeguard our interests and try to bring gradual change for the right cause, the cause of truth and justice. We must not forget that Allah's rules have to be established in all lands, and all our efforts should lead to that direction." (emphasis mine)
While she does state that national security must not target or single out anyone individually with techniques that focus on racial profiling, she claims to increase understanding and engagement. However, Islam is not a race. It's an ideology. She attempts to do what Democrats always do and that is the same thing the homosexuals do: Equate a choice with a person's skin color. To that end, she supported HR3618, which was a horrible piece of legislation that was thankfully not enacted.
Waters is right that we should not hold the entire Muslim community at fault for the violent acts of a few. The reality is that we have barely heard a peep from the Muslim community about terrorist attacks. In fact, in most cases, Muslims for the most part seem to be supporting them as evidenced in pro-Palestinian marches around the world, including in the US like this one here. However, every practicing Muslim holds to the Qur'an as the Word of God and as such, they have some explaining to do regarding what it teaches… usually that ends in deception rather than truth.
She then went on to quote the Southern Poverty Law Center, who claims that "hate groups" are at an all-time high. It's funny that they don't list themselves as a hate group. Since they failed to do so, I'll just add them to my list of hate groups. But Waters went on to say the "radical right" terrorism was growing. As of yet, I haven't seen them fly planes into buildings or behead their enemies.
One realizes that violence can erupt from various people. We are fallen and sinful. Of that, there is no question, but when a self-professed Christian engages in some act of random violence that is not self-defense or the defense of someone else, do they get shouted down? Absolutely. And why is that? It's because they go against the teachings of Scripture. In Islam, that's not the case, as has been demonstrated over and over.
While Waters quotes statistics of some in the Muslim community giving aid to stopping terrorist attacks and points out that across all ideologies there have been a number of terrorist attacks that have been thwarted. Again, one has to answer the question of the source of terrorism in those ideologies. In the case of Islam, it is their foundation, the Qur'an.
In conclusion, Waters continues to think America is a democracy when she is a Republic, and it is that very concept, if people keep advancing it, that enables those such as the Muslim Brotherhood and all their front groups, including ISNA, to advance their agenda. Keep that in mind America as you hold up the banner of Christ and advance the law, which is the Constitution, in our Republic.