hat tips-blackwaterdog and Steve Benen-Washington Monthly

For a second today, i could swear that president Obama intentionally left the last question in his press conference to Faux News – Because these jerks are so predictable and the president really wanted to be asked a specific question. Wendell Goler did not disappoint…

This was simply Barack Obama at his finest, looking straight in the eyes of Faux viewers and putting their bigotry and stupidity to a real shame – with a touch of subtly blaming them of endangering America’s national security.

The subject came up again in the very last question, when Fox News’ Wendell Goler asked about “the wisdom of building a mosque a couple of blocks from Ground Zero.” The president’s response was one of the best of his presidency.

“I think I’ve been pretty clear on my position here,” he said. “And that is, is that this country stands for the proposition that all men and women are created equal, that they have certain inalienable rights; one of those inalienable rights is to practice their religion freely. And what that means is that if you could build a church on a site, you could build a synagogue on a site, if you could build a Hindu temple on a site, then you should be able to build a mosque on the site.”

The president went on to explain, “We are not at war against Islam. We are at war against terrorist organizations that have distorted Islam or falsely used the banner of Islam to engage in their destructive acts. And we’ve got to be clear about that. We’ve got to be clear about that because … if we’re going to successfully reduce the terrorist threat, then we need all the allies we can get. The folks who are most interested in a war between the United States or the West and Islam are al Qaeda. That’s what they’ve been banking on.

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