Friday, September 14, 2012

Special Report: White House calls movie "truly abhorrent"

I would bet not more than a handful of staffers at the WH actually watched any of the film "Innocence of Muslims" yet it would appear everyone has sat and watched the entire movie and now wants to give their opinion.  Yes the movie is awful, poorly acted and scripted with bad set design and junior high production values but most of the information presented is factual.  If anyone at the White House cared enough to know the facts they could have easily retrieved the information through the 'net.  But of course that would entail wanting to know reality, a position tenuous with Obama and his staff.

From Politico September 13 by Josh Gerstein

White House: anti-Islam film 'truly abhorrent'

A top White House official has blasted as "truly abhorrent" the anti-Islam film that appears to have triggered an outpouring of violence against U.S. diplomatic posts in Egypt and Libya.

Speaking to an international religious freedom conference in Washington on Wednesday, Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough endorsed efforts to create "a world where the dignity of all people — and all faiths — is respected."

According to his prepared remarks released by the White House, he then added: "This work takes on added urgency given the truly abhorrent video that has offended so many people — Muslims, and non-Muslims alike — in our country and around the world."

President Barack Obama's criticism earlier Wednesday of the "Innocence of Muslims" film, or film trailer in question, was a bit more reserved.

In an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes," Obama said: "This film is not representative of who we are and our values, and I think it's important for us to communicate that."

It is representative of the film-maker only and has nothing to do with anyone else.  To make the connection between the man and the values in the movie are between him and his God.

And in a statement in the Rose Garden on Wednesday morning, Obama said in an apparent reference to the video: "We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others."

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also described the video as "inflammatory."


GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has not, thus far, criticized the video. He has faulted the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and the Obama administration for statements he that said sympathized with those attacking U.S. embassies because of the film. Romney charged Wednesday that the initial statements were "effectively apologizing for the right of free speech."

In his remarks Wednesday, McDonough also condemned the violence that apparently led to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and at least three other Americans in Libya.

The conference where McDonough spoke was sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, an organization that has been sharply at odds with the Obama White House over its efforts to force religiously affiliated hospitals and universities to cover birth control costs for their insured employees.

Later in his remarks, McDonough — an observant Catholic — referred to Obama as a "brother in Christ" and said "faith has been a guiding force in [Obama's] own life."

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