CNN’s Ed Henry caught up with President Barack Obama during his Gulf vacation today, and it seems the president would like to add an asterisk to his comments last night on the Islamic center near Ground Zero. While he stuck to his point that Muslims have every right to establish a religious center there, he added that he “was not comment and will not comment on the wisdom” of putting the center near Ground Zero, but only of the legal right to.
After answering in the affirmative that, yes, he will go swimming in the Gulf but refuses to be photographed without his shirt off lest he be teased, he explained to Henry that his “intention was to let people simply know what I thought: which is that, in this country, we treat everyone equally according to the law.” That said, he added that he had no intention of making a comment as to whether the mosque should be there, which has been the focal point of most of the debate. “I was not commenting and will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there.” As for why he defended the legal right to put the religious center there? “That’s what this country is about.”
The interview from CNN today below:
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