Obama on the Muslim Email

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It's been around for months and quite frankly, Barack Obama is getting sick and tired of it. The email says he's really a Muslim and other stuff too. Watch him refute the email above. He calls it a "political strategy". Read the transcription below.

Barack Obama: This is obviously a systematic political strategy by somebody because these emails don't just keep coming out the way they have without somebody being behind it. Basically the email falsely states that I'm Muslim, that I pledged my oath of office on a Koran instead of a Bible, that I don't Pledge Allegiance to the flag. Scurrilous stuff.

I want to make sure that your viewers understand that I am a Christian who has belonged to the same church for almost twenty years now. It's where Michelle and I got married. It's where our kids were dedicated. I took my oath of office on my family Bible. I lead the pledge of allegiance when I open up the Senate. I've been saying the pledge of allegiance since I was three years old.

I think it 's very important for people not to buy into the kinds of dirty tricks that we've become so accustomed to in our politics and people need to understand I'm not and never have been of the Muslim faith. I think that those who are of the Muslim faith are deserving of respect and dignity but to try and feed into this fear mongering and try to question my faith commitments and my belief in Jesus Christ I think is offensive and I want to make sure that people are absolutely clear about what's going on with this and if they get another one of these emails that they're deleting it and letting their friends know that it's nonsense.

David Brody: You said it was a dirty trick. Do you believe that it is somehow campaign related?

Barack Obama: We have no way of tracing where these emails come from but what I know is they come in waves and they somehow appear magically wherever the next primary or caucus is, although they're also being distributed all across the country but the volume increases as we get closer to particular elections. That indicates to me that this is something that is being used to try to raise doubts or suspicions about my candidacy.

It's something as you said has been lingering from the start. It's one of the consequences of having an unusual name or having a father from Africa even though my mother is from Kansas.


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