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August 16, 2010

From the Shores of Tripoli: Obama Spins Historical Fiction for Ramadan Speech

Serving up rubbish for Ramadan

From Obama’s Speech on Ramadan

“In my inaugural address, I said that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth. That diversity can bring difficult debates. Indeed, past eras have seen controversies about the construction of synagogues or Catholic churches. But time and again, the American people have demonstrated that we can work through these issues, stay true to our core values, and emerge stronger for it. So it must be – and will be – today.

Tonight, we are reminded that Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity. And Ramadan is a reminder that Islam has always been part of America. The first Muslim ambassador to the United States, from Tunisia, was hosted by President Jefferson, who arranged a sunset dinner for his guest because it was Ramadan—making it the first known iftar at the White House, more than 200 years ago.

Like so many other immigrants, generations of Muslims came here to forge their future. They became farmers and merchants, worked in mills and factories, and helped lay the railroads. They helped build America. They founded the first Islamic center in New York City in the 1890s. They built America’s first mosque on the prairie of North Dakota. And perhaps the oldest surviving mosque in America—still in use today—is in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.”

The rest here.

Obama's pirate "ambassador" Mellimelli

President Obama is correct.  Islam does have a history with America, but it’s a history of trouble.  First of all, Tunisia didn’t even exist as a country in Jefferson’s day, which means there was no ambassador.  His guest, Sidi Soliman Mellimelli, was an envoy from the BARBARY PIRATES sent to extort the United States for the release of American merchant seamen being held hostage by the Barbarys, and to demand tribute from the U.S. government for leaving American shipping alone.  Think of Somalian pirates, but on the Mediterrenean and far better organized.  This Muslim envoy arrived demanding– among other things– housing for his staff and concubines.  Yes, CONCUBINES.  But primarily tribute.  In other words, Obama’s “tunisian ambassador” was not in town to peacefully break bread with his Christian hosts in commemoration of the Ramadan feast, but to make Jefferson an “offer he couldn’t refuse”– hand over the cash, or your seamen sleep with the fishes (they were never seen again).  In short, it was an Islamic protection racket.  Jefferson refused Islam’s “offer” and is reported to have responded to the Barbary attempt to extort him with, “Millions for defense but not one penny for tribute.”  He then declared America’s first War on Terror against Mellimelli’s Islamic masters and utterly destroyed them all in a series of protracted military engagements.

From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli…

This is the history of Islam and America that Obama conveniently left out of his fantastical Ramadan speech.  And there is zero evidence that Thomas Jefferson thought this was an iftar dinner.  He simply accommodated his demanding guest by delaying dinner until sunset instead of the usual 3:30 pm (they dined a lot earlier in those days).  But don’t let actual history get in the way of President Obama’s PC fantasies, Lefties.  Actual history has a distinctly Rightwing bias.


  1. That’s great Mr. President that Islam is a part of America and Jefferson was so progressive holding an Iftar with pirates. Just what we need, more mosques, and for that matter, Catholic churches and synagogues. They have done so much to bring peace to the earth. Look at the oasis of “peace” that is the Muslim lands. Let’s also hear it for the “non-believers.” What a great tradition and contribution to society, the “non-believers” y’all, though not sure what non-belief has achieved but that doesn’t matter they help our core values. While your at it Mr. President, I wonder if holding the border from infiltrating hoards could also be considered a part of the American tradition or part of your job? Or is the president’s job merely to pontificate from the podium these days.

    Comment by thecommentbandit — August 17, 2010 @ 08:14

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    Comment by thecommentbandit — August 17, 2010 @ 08:15

  3. Hmmm. I seem to recall a certain Mediterranean empire losing control of its borders too as they began their slide into civilizational oblivion.

    Comment by Jesusland — August 17, 2010 @ 10:03

  4. ” First of all, Tunisia didn’t even exist as a country in Jefferson’s day, which means there was no ambassador”
    second of all, read this :


    Relations between Tunisia and the United States date back to the 18th century. The first bilateral agreement, �The treaty of amity and commerce�, was signed on August 27, 1797. The United States was among the first countries to recognize the independence of Tunisia and Tunisia was among the first countries to recognize the young American federal state.

    The first American Consulate was established in Tunis on January 20, 1800. In September 1805, a Tunisian special envoy was received by President Thomas Jefferson. In 1865, after the Civil War, another ambassador was sent to the U.S. with a message of friendship to the American people.

    During Tunisia ‘s struggle for independence, leaders of the national liberation movement established good relations with U.S. administrations and the American labor movement. At the end of French rule, in 1956, the United States was among the first countries to recognize the independence of Tunisia. Diplomatic relations were soon established after that.

    so friend, our country exist before your’s .

    Comment by sam — August 26, 2010 @ 21:49

  5. Thanks, sam. There was no country called Tunisia back then, regardless of what treaties of “frienship” where signed with the Barbary pirates. In those days the city of Tunis was part of the Ottoman Empire, and essentially nothing more than a glorified pirate stronghold. There was no Tunisian embassy in America back then, or any other country until their independence from the French in the 1950s. Yes, we received envoys from Tunis, but without a formal embassy they cannot be called ambassadors.

    Comment by Jesusland — August 26, 2010 @ 22:13

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