This past Friday, at a White House dinner, President Obama finally took a stand and broke his silence concerning the building of the mosque in lower Manhattan.
“We must all recognize and respect the sensitivities surrounding the development of lower Manhattan. The 9/11 attacks were a deeply traumatic event for our country. The pain and suffering experienced by those who lost loved ones is unimaginable. So I understand the emotions that this issue engenders. Ground Zero is, indeed, hallowed ground.
If an incurable pragmatist can shake off the shackles of his modus operandi and make a bold gesture, the very least all of us as a nation can do is look in the mirror and bite down hard.