There's no question this is an act of provocation and even Muslims know it. A couple of them have written about it in the Canadian media. But there's no doubt here, right? By the way, the same imam has a mosque 12 blocks away from Ground Zero. He wants to have one two blocks away, community outreach, and Obama, there you heard it, clearly enforcing it. But then the fur flew and Saturday afternoon on CNN's Newsroom after Obama delivered his remarks about the Gulf oil spill Ed Henry talked to him about the mosque business. He said, "What do you think about the reaction to your speech about the mosque? What about the reaction?"
OBAMA: Well, you know, my intention was to simply let people know what I thought, which was that in this country we treat everybody equally in accordance with the law, regardless of race, regardless of religion. I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom making a decision to put a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on the right that people have that dates back to our founding. That's what our country's about. And I think it's very important that as difficult as some of these issues are that we stay focused on who we are as a people and what our values are all about.