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September 25, 2009 2:41 pm ET

The following email has been widely forwarded and has been reposted numerous times on conservative blogs.  Media Matters Action Network has written a response to the text below.  Please feel free to copy and paste it and send to your friends.

"The President Without A Country"

[note - all mistakes below are original to the text]

"The President Without A Country"

Hey!  Thanks for sending that along.  It sounds like Pat Boone is no fan of our president. 

After reading it, I couldn't imagine President Obama saying some of that stuff.  I did some research & found that Pat Boone basically made it all up!  

For instance, Boone claims Obama said "you might say that America is a Muslim nation" when he was in Egypt.  But he NEVER said that!

What Obama actually said was: "The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco.  In signing the Treaty of Tripoli in 1796, our second President, John Adams, wrote, 'The United States has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Muslims.'  And since our founding, American Muslims have enriched the United States.  They have fought in our wars, they have served in our government, they have stood for civil rights, they have started businesses, they have taught at our universities, they've excelled in our sports arenas, they've won Nobel Prizes, built our tallest building, and lit the Olympic Torch." You can read it yourself here:

See? That's whole different bucket of oats.  And by the way, he also didn't say, "We're no longer a Christian nation."  His quote was distorted and taken out of context. 

His actual quote was, "Given the increasing diversity of America's population, the dangers of sectarianism have never been greater. Whatever we once were, we are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers." Check it out: 

Obama also NEVER said "America has been arrogant." That's just a fact. 

I think Boone is referring to a speech the President gave in France.  Obama really said "In America, there's a failure to appreciate Europe's leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive. But in Europe, there is an anti-Americanism that is at once casual but can also be insidious. Instead of recognizing the good that America so often does in the world, there have been times where Europeans choose to blame America for much of what's bad." You can read it here:

In context, Obama was speaking humbly about the U.S. in order to demand respect from Europeans.

Pat Boone's entire column is based on a hodgepodge of Obama's "quotes" that Boone just made up! What a fraud.

Not only is he lying to his readers, he's aiding America's enemies... at least that's what he said. 

In 2006, after the Dixie Chicks criticized President Bush, Pat Boone, himself an entertainer, said: "If I were the president of Iran, if I were Osama bin Laden or any of the terrorist organizers and I could have my wish list totally... I couldn't ask for anything better than for America's entertainers to bash their president, denigrate him, make him seem like an idiot and a self-serving fool, and then have the media go along with it and promote it like crazy and try to undermine the whole war effort."

He also said: ""I think it's outrageous for any of these performers to be bashing our president the way they are." Read it yourself:

There is a lot of crazy stuff on the internet these days, but it's important to make sure it's true.

Thanks for passing it on.  Have a good one!


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