President Obama has certainly ratcheted up emotion regarding the proposed Islamic centre and Mosque close to the New York Twin Towers site.
By initially coming down on the side of the argument opposite to the opinion of 70% of polled Americans (that there is a right for the Mosque to be built there, but that it is not wise or respectful) , Obama has not done his fellow Democrat congressmen any favours. By packpedalling on his initial comments, he risks alienating part of the 30% who agreed with his initial comments.
Bradley Blakeman said “President Obama needs to decide between being a “community organizer” or a president. The president has involved himself in local issues and controversy that does not rise to the level of presidential action or attention. When he does so, he puts his administration off-message, forces division within his own party and weakens his ability to lead and be respected. The president’s missteps are self-inflicted and thus inexcusable.”