We told you this would happen: During the two-plus years of the Obama administration, conservative media has had to be pretty creative at finding ways to get outraged about the president's routine business, like celebrating Easter. While the early critique of using vegetable-based inks to dye Easter eggs didn't have much sticking power, the Drudge Report and Fox News have found a new way to equate Barack Obama's routine holiday observance with a conspiracy to institute a Islamic caliphate
The Drudge Report headline today criticizes the president for not issuing a statement to mark Easter, despite having "commemorated all Muslim holidays" since taking office with an official proclamation. At a White House press conference today, spokesman Jay Carney tried to laugh off the suggestion the president was snubbing the holiday, though White House Dossier blogger Keith Koffler notes it wouldn't be the first time the president has given Easter short shrift. One might forgive the White House for just trying to duck the issue. Last year Obama made Easter remarks at an Easter Prayer Breakfast in which he said:
One of my hopes upon taking this office was to make the White House a place where all people would feel welcome. To that end, we held a Seder here to mark the first Passover. We held an Iftar here with Muslim Americans to break the daily fast during Ramadan. And today, I’m particularly blessed to welcome you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, for this Easter breakfast.
In covering his "blunder" this year, Fox News writes:
In 2010, Obama was criticized for releasing an all-inclusive Easter greeting. He reached out to Jews, Muslims, Hindus, and people of no faith at all in a statement about a holiday that is uniquely Christian.
Memorial Day is only five weeks away, so brush up now on how the conservative outrage machine will find a way to turn that into a cable news controversy by clicking below:
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