Obama hosts Iftar dinner marking Ramadan

August 11, 2011

Three dozen foreign diplomats,  two Muslim American members of Congress  and some 9/11 families were among the guests invited to join President Barack Obama for what has become a White House tradition — an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan.

“Tonight is part of a rich tradition here at the White House of celebrating the holy days of many faiths and the diversity that define us as a nation,” Obama said in his welcome remarks.

“Like so many faiths, Islam has always been part of our American family, and Muslim Americans have long contributed to the strength and character of our country, in all walks of life. This has been especially true over the past 10 years,” Obama said.

The president said Ramadan was a time for reflection for Muslims and noted that this year it fell near the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Obama recognized  Muslim Americans who died in the attacks, others who responded in the aftermath and members of the military fighting in the wars that followed.

“In one month, we will mark the 10th anniversary of those awful attacks that brought so much pain to our hearts,” Obama said.  “It will be a time to honor all those that we’ve lost. And tonight, it’s worth remembering that these Americans were of many faiths and backgrounds, including proud and patriotic Muslim Americans,” Obama said.

This was Obama’s third Iftar dinner at the White House. Former President Bill Clinton started the tradition of hosting an Iftar dinner which was continued under President George W. Bush.

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Yuri Gripas  (Obama  and guests acknowledge U.S. military members at  Iftar dinner)



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Oh boy! I can’t wait until I get up tomorrow to see how this comment stream goes.

Posted by PCScipio | Report as abusive

yup, muslims sure DID add to our strength and character over the last 10 years. Just not in the way obama implies

Posted by ActualTaxpayer | Report as abusive

Didn’t even take “actual” taxpayer an hour to pop up with his nativist tripe

Posted by Yellow105 | Report as abusive