September 10, 2010 - 1:30pm
Post staff writer Anne Kornblut used her question at a White House
press conference on Friday to worry that, despite Barack Obama making it
a "priority," anti-Muslim "suspicion" still existed in America.
She queried the President, "Nine
years after the September 11th attacks, why do you think it is that we
are now seeing such an increase in suspicion and outright resentment of
Islam, especially given that it has been one of your priorities to
improve relations with the Muslim world?
" [MP3 audio here
response seemed to echo his infamous 2008 comment about Americans being
"bitter" and "clinging" to their guns. He proclaimed, "You know, I
think that at a time when the country is anxious generally and going
through a tough time, then, you know, fears can surface, suspicions,
divisions can surface in a society. And, so, I think that plays a role