A Muslim President, After All
Election 2012: Hispanics,
blacks and others among President Obama’s base may be abandoning him,
but Muslims are holding fast. Apparently, theirs is a special bond born
of shared interests.
When Barack Hussein Obama first stepped into office in January 2009,
he had 92% approval among blacks, 75% approval among Hispanics and 58%
approval among whites, according to Gallup.
Since then, his monthly approval has dropped eight points among blacks, 27 points among Hispanics and 25 points among whites.
Blacks are frustrated with Obama's failure to create jobs in a
recession that has hit African-Americans hardest. Discord is so bad that
even the Congressional Black Caucus is taking jabs at the first black
Hispanics, meanwhile, are miffed at Obama's failure to ram amnesty for illegal immigrants through Congress.
Polls show Obama also has lost ground with independents, while young people have cooled off on him.
He is losing much of his 2008 base of voters with one notable
exception: Muslim-Americans. They remain exceedingly loyal to the
president. In fact, their enthusiasm for Obama has swelled.
Last month, Pew Research Center released a survey of U.S. Muslims
that was almost universally overlooked. It found that Muslims
overwhelmingly approve of the way Obama is handling his job as
president. Fully three-quarters (76%) favor him, compared with just 46%
of the general public.
Bush, in contrast, garnered a lowly 15% approval rating among
Muslim-Americans. "Muslim-Americans clearly see a friend in Obama," Pew
said in its report.
Obama came into office pledging to improve relations with the Muslim
world, and he's more than delivered on that promise. Almost two-thirds
of U.S. Muslims say Obama is generally friendly toward them, Pew found.
Just 4% see him as unfriendly.
And many see him as one of their own. One in 10 say they think the
president is a Muslim, while a third say they don't know or refused to
Nonstop pandering has also made Obama popular in the Muslim community.
He's appointed a record number of Muslims to his administration —
including at least three radical Muslim Brotherhood agents to White
House jobs, according to Muslim reformer Tarek Fatah. And he's killed
Justice Department probes of Muslim Brotherhood front groups at home,
while paving the way for Brotherhood-run theocracies abroad.
Muslims also are in Obama's corner because he's vowed to provide more
"social services" for them — including "jobs, education, health care
and civil rights" — as part of his new PC counterterror program.
This is music to their ears. According to the new Pew poll, Muslims
love big government as much as Obama. The vast majority say they'd
rather have a bigger government with more services than a smaller one
with fewer services.
In fact, 68% say they'd prefer an even larger and more activist government than what Obama has engineered.
Obama's core constituency, in the end, may be Muslims. They seem to be singing from the same hymnal.