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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.