Obama "Isn't Worried" About Furor Over His Ground Zero Victory Mosque Comments
President Barack Obama isn’t worried about the furor unleashed by his comments on a planned mosque near Ground Zero, a spokesman said Tuesday.
He’s also not dismayed that the Senate’s top Democrat, Majority Leader Harry Reid, now opposes the idea, deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said.
“This is an issue people are going to come to with strongly held convictions,” Burton told reporters aboard Air Force One, as Obama flew to an appearance in Seattle. “He’s happy our thriving democracy is continuing to produce vigorous debate.”
On Monday, Reid became the highest profile Democrat to call for the mosque to be built someplace else. Current plans are to locate it two blocks from the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
On Friday, at a White House dinner marking the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Obama declared Muslims “have the same right to practice their religion as everyone else in this country. That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances.”
The president doesn’t appear to be too worried about much of anything, including unemployment, spending, poverty, small businesses, manufacturing, the record deficit he created…