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Axelrod: I did not endorse "ground zero mosque" compromise

Is the White House retreating on the "ground zero mosque"? There's a bit of buzz out there to that effect, because senior Obama advisor David Axelrod reportedly said at an event last night that he was open to putting an "interfaith center" there instead.

But Axelrod emails that he didn't endorse any such thing.

Axelrod was at a panel with Elie Weisel last night when Weisel suggested that instead of the Islamic center planned near ground zero, it might be a better idea to create a "center for interfaith," which could become "a great monument for humanity."

"That sounds like a wonderful idea," Axelrod replied, adding that the idea "gives me hope."

This generated some buzz around the net. Blared Commentary: "White House retreat on ground zero mosque?"

Not so much, says Axelrod, who emails:

I was at a forum with Elie Wiesel. In answer to a question, he threw out an idea about an interfaith center. I said I thought it was an intriguing idea. But he didn't make a formal proposal, nor did I make an "endorsement."

Okay, Axelrod didn't say it was an "intriguing" idea, as he now says. He claimed it was a "wonderful" idea. But still: No White House "retreat" on the mosque. Sorry to disappoint!

UPDATE, 4:38 p.m.: Ben Smith also got a very similar denial from Axelrod.

By Greg Sargent  | October 7, 2010; 4:13 PM ET
 
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What's that thing about dead horses? Not you, the wingers.

Look a squirrel!

Posted by: mikefromArlington | October 7, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

As there has never been a proposal for a mosque at Ground Zero, what is there to compromise?

Posted by: bearclaw1 | October 7, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

EVERYTIME Obama is out-there with an extreme statement - it seems like everyone is there trying to get Obama to moderate his stance.

On terrorism, on gitmo - on a bunch of things.


ALMOST EVERYTIME - the nation hears some statement which appears to pull-back - like Obama on the tarmac.


THEN ALMOST EVERYTIME - We hear that there was never a pull-back - that the original statement states.

Obama is an ARROGANT, HARD-HEADED, UNCOMPROMISING STUPID PERSON.


It is that simple - quite the opposite from what the nation was led to believe in 2008 - however the FACTS ARE THE FACTS.

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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | October 7, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

STRF,

"In Your Pants!!!"

Posted by: Liam-still | October 7, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

This does not qualify as an ENDORSEMENT?!

"That sounds like a wonderful idea," Axelrod replied, adding that the idea "gives me hope."

Posted by: JakeD2 | October 7, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

How about the John Lennon Memorial "Imagine No Religion" Center?

Posted by: bearclaw1 | October 7, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party is a fraud.

All they have left are Big Money, Corporate Special Interest PR campaigns.

American Crossroads/GPS
Americans for Prosperity
60-Plus
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Koch Industries "Hot Air Tour"

They are not elected representatives of the people. They are corporate special interests only looking out for their own profiteering off the backs of hard-working men and women in America.

There can be NO DOUBT that the Republican Party solely exists as a base for massively funded corporate PR campaigns disguised as "politics".

Posted by: Ethan2010 | October 7, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

To paraphrase Stanley Fish on Milton's work, this post is a self-consuming artifact.

Posted by: BGinCHI | October 7, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

@Axelrod: ""That sounds like a wonderful idea"

Gotcha! You think "interfaith centers" are good ideas! You . . . interfaith community center supporter!

Gotcha! Gotcha!

Between doodled scribbled in the margins of 3rd party casting calls to Axelrod expressing support for the concept of an interfaith center, it's been a day of folks trying to make "gotchas" out of nothing at all.

Why not try to make love out of nothing at all, instead? If you don't know how to do it . . . I suggest you check with Air Supply. They'll show you how it's done.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | October 7, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm looking at the thread topics today and am disappointed: more mosque b.s.,who gives damb about what Lou-freaking-Dobbs has to say about anything, and "hicky" actors.

If this stuff is the "chatter" inside the Beltway today, gawd help the Republic.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | October 7, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Bearclaw, FTW!

Posted by: BGinCHI | October 7, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

when Weisel suggested that instead of the Islamic center planned near ground zero, it might be a better idea to create a "center for interfaith," which could become "a great monument for humanity."
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As a complete agnostic, I have no dog in this fight, but I must admit, that I find what Mr. Weisel said to be very condescending toward the Muslim American Community. How would Christians or Jews feel if Muslims were trying to impose their will, on how their centers should be used?

Posted by: Liam-still | October 7, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Someone please explain what the difference is supposed to be between Ethan and STRF.

Posted by: quarterback1 | October 7, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

How about the John Lennon Memorial "Imagine No Religion" Center?

Posted by: bearclaw1 | October 7, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

A splendid idea! And it would probably happen in a sane world.

Posted by: wbgonne | October 7, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

QB, please explain the difference between the Republican Party and:

American Crossroads/GPS
Americans for Prosperity
60-Plus
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Koch Industries "Hot Air Tour"

Posted by: Ethan2010 | October 7, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

If I answer your question qb I'd be violating the "personal attack" rule.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | October 7, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

See what I mean?

Posted by: quarterback1 | October 7, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Ethan2010 at 4:29 PM


Aren't you trying to "nationalize" the election?


I thought everyone agreed that was a really, really bad idea for the democrats.


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | October 7, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

quarterback1 at 4:35 PM

I'm just trying to simplify things so the liberals can understand why all their wide-eyed ideas won't work.


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | October 7, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

@qb: "Someone please explain what the difference is supposed to be between Ethan and STRF."

Today, just a pinch of salt and a twist of lime.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | October 7, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

BGinCHI at 4:29 PM


I am curious - what part of Chicago are you from - and what are the people on the street saying about Rahm.


The press accounts of the first week were not really encouraging.


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | October 7, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

If Joe Miller said the following, would THAT be an endorsement?

"Sarah Palin as President sounds like a wonderful idea," adding that the idea "gives me hope."

Posted by: JakeD2 | October 7, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Obama has now gone from his campaign pledges of "bipartisanship and Post-partisanship" to

If the Republicans win the election, it will be "hand-to-hand combat" - that is what Obama said today.


I guess the guy who promised that nation that he could bring about compromise - but NEVER tried to do just that - has quit


If Obama doesn't want to COMPROMISE, he should resign immediately - and the nation should tell him just that.

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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | October 7, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Again, thanks all for ignoring trolls.

OT but a rather interesting prediction which looks certain to be correct. Plouffe says that the Tea Party dynamic will inevitably drive Republican presidential nominees in 2012 far over to the right...

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/10/plouffe-christine-odonnells-tea-party-will-push-gop-presidential-field-far-to-right.php?ref=fpi

Thus, I think the Dems must continue to push on the 'extremism' notion not just for this cycle but for the nxt as well.

Posted by: bernielatham | October 7, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Are we sure it was Axelrod denying an endorsement of the Ground Zero Victory Mega Mosque and not an actor where the casting callnote asked for a Chicago Thug?

'Cause I tell ya, that'd be Helluva story.

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | October 7, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

"Thus, I think the Dems must continue to push on the 'extremism' notion not just for this cycle but for the nxt as well."

Wow, who could have seen that one coming?

But don't dare call it propaganda.

Posted by: quarterback1 | October 7, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

quarterback writes

"Someone please explain what the difference is supposed to be between Ethan and STRF."

__________________________________


If your point is that no one complains about Ethan's posts - and Ethan is not harassed and subjected to all sorts of negative comments and hostility-

And if your point is that Ethan's posts are WITHIN the rules.


Then why why why ............

Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | October 7, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

LOL quarterback1. Keep up the good fight!

Posted by: JakeD2 | October 7, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Again - THANK YOU everyone for ignoring those who say we should ignore people.

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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | October 7, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Let me second the laughs, QB. That was a great zinger delivered to Bernie.

Posted by: sbj3 | October 7, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

"Someone please explain what the difference is supposed to be between Ethan and STRF.

Posted by: quarterback1"

Quantity.

QB1, as much as people disagree with you and your posts, unless I'm mistaken, no one has ever called for your banning, right? I'm sure you're pretty close on the political spectrum as STRF, but you don't spam the place.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 7, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

quarterback

Interesting how the democrats now want to attack the Republicans as "extremist"


When the center is now WITH the Republicans......

Leaving the liberals as "extremist"


(Please don't tell them though)

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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | October 7, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

ddawd


I could pull out some archives of you "spamming the place"


Look whose calling the kettle black....

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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | October 7, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

"Someone please explain what the difference is supposed to be between Ethan and STRF"

It's a distinction without a difference.

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | October 7, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

THE TRUTH is that the liberals will only be happy if ALL the posts are from liberals.

The liberals still outnumber the conservatives - both in number of posters and number of comments.

So, the liberals MUST want a situation in which there is NO RESPONSE to what they say.


Well - that is not a blog, it is an echo echo echo echo echo chamber.


I'm sure the liberals will not be as restless when the election is over.


The polls are obviously upsetting the liberals -


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | October 7, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

STR, I don't think the Rahm talk is all that widespread. Most people are talking about the mayoral race as a curiosity.

Even though the election is in Feb, it still feels too early to say anything.

Posted by: BGinCHI | October 7, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Hickey Ad = COLOSSAL SCREW-UP

* West Virginia Gov. Manchin's "Blood Boiling" Over "Hickey" Casting Call *

“I wouldn’t have been upset if they said we want coal miners and truckers,” he told me. “Those are 2 of the most honorable professions we have- hard-working people. But to cast that in such a disparaging light is just awful. And that does get your blood boiling in West Virginia whether you’re a democrat, republican, or an independent. It should get them fired up.”

[...]

...Raese campaign says it never wanted this ad to air in the first place:

“The ad is ridiculous and I am happy to say that no one with the Raese campaign had anything to do with it. As a matter of fact, we asked that it be taken down long before it went public,” Raese Press Secretary, Kevin McLaughlin said in a statement.

But this ad was done as an independent expenditure by the NRSC, which means it could be a violation of FEC rules if the Raese campaign saw the ad before it went public. Independent expenditure ads by party committees are not allowed to be coordinated with the campaigns of individual candidates.

http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2010/10/west-virginia-gov-manchins-blood-boiling-over-hickey-casting-call.html

OOOPS!!!

Posted by: Ethan2010 | October 7, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

What the HELL is up in Texas? I thought White had a chance?

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/10/rasmussen-poll-goper-rick-perry-up-double-digits-in-tx-gov-race.php?ref=fpi

Posted by: BGinCHI | October 7, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

The Chicago Tribune hardly covered Obama's trip to Chicago today


The website had no picture of Obama on its homepage - and no big headline


The story was listed - but it linked to a blog devoted to "local" politics.


The SunTimes was almost worse - a very tiny link - in a small font - going to the blog of a political reporter.


HHHMMMMM and Rahm coverage has disappeared after reporters saw people on the streets of Chicago ABSOLUTELY HORRIFIED when Rahm offered to shake their hands.

One young woman looked actually afraid.


At one point, Rahm appeared to BLOCK people exiting a train - just to try to get people to come close to him.


It is actually the WORST THING I have ever seen for a candidate in my life.


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | October 7, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD is (as usual) mistaken:

"STRF, JakeD2, Skipsailing, TrollMcWingnut, and quarterback should be banned for not making any attempt at honest dialog. I'm so over it. And I honestly don't care about the perception of calling for bannings. It's a private website. It needs to be moderated, period."

Posted by: Ethan2010 | October 1, 2010 1:48 PM

Posted by: JakeD2 | October 7, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Trying to figure out what's going on in Chi by using the two "newspapers" of record is a very, very poor way of gathering actual information.

Posted by: BGinCHI | October 7, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

BGinCHI at 5:35 PM

I think the first thing about Rahm is that the gay community is not happy with Obama right now.

Rahm did not make friends in the Polish community with the way he ran for Congress.


Rahm's district was on the northside - and did not have many blacks or hispanics.

In terms of support - where is Rahm's natural support coming from? The unions?

Daley has been running into difficulty with the unions of late - so if the idea that Daley is bringing the unions to Rahm - I don't think that is the case.

AND one has to wonder IF Daley is even behind Rahm - or if Daley will be neutral and allow the people in his organization to support whoever they want.

I suppose Rahm will be able to raise money.


I would watch who the unions support - if Rahm makes some headway there - if the unions go with one of the alderman who they know and have previously supported.


The hispanics - are they going to have their own candidate - or are they going to try to play kingmakers by swinging behind someone ?

Please remember the press the hispanic Congressman got last spring over health care - not exactly behind Obama and Rahm.

If Rahm was living in a suburb of Washington, he probably has a better chance running for Mayor there.


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | October 7, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

All, Happy Hour Roundup posted:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/10/happy_hour_roundup_104.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | October 7, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party is a fraud.

All they have left are Big Money, Corporate Special Interest PR campaigns.

American Crossroads/GPS
Americans for Prosperity
60-Plus
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Koch Industries "Hot Air Tour"

They are not elected representatives of the people. They are corporate special interests only looking out for their own profiteering off the backs of hard-working men and women in America.

There can be NO DOUBT that the Republican Party solely exists as a base for massively funded corporate PR campaigns disguised as "politics".

Posted by: Ethan2010 | October 7, 2010 4:29 PM
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You keep spamming the threads with these same idiotic posts. Did you lose your tina pipe? Why are you formatting like Rain Forest?

Posted by: Brigade | October 7, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party is a fraud.

All they have left are Big Money, Corporate Special Interest PR campaigns.

American Crossroads/GPS
Americans for Prosperity
60-Plus
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Koch Industries "Hot Air Tour"

They are not elected representatives of the people. They are corporate special interests only looking out for their own profiteering off the backs of hard-working men and women in America.

There can be NO DOUBT that the Republican Party solely exists as a base for massively funded corporate PR campaigns disguised as "politics".

Posted by: Ethan2010 | October 7, 2010 4:29 PM
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You keep spamming the threads with these same idiotic posts. Did you lose your tina pipe? Why are you formatting like Rain Forest?

Posted by: Brigade | October 7, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

[@ 4:29 PM | October 7, 2010 | Ethan2010 woke from a viceral liberal stupor, heard a noise in his brain, tried to think, then Posted...:
The...fraud...NO DOUBT...exists as...massively funded..."politics".]

Well there you go again Ethan, trying to think again, at least your spell checker hasn't failed you as apparently all reason has.

Axelrod: I did not endorse "ground zero mosque", and nobody can prove he's a crook...

Let's go easy on the mooch and her chelle. Why not say those two can stay, but the rest of the collectivist activist, ACORN, inc. gang, OUT and don't come back. WE want the pleasure of seeing the 'first evers' up there waving from the plane for the last time in 2013, after No-Bama learns what bills to sign and what bills not to sign. Post Mayhem could be a sweet deal with him as a figure-head instead of a stupid-head. Sounds and looks like Gibbs is already seeing the 'leaves in the tea', so with the Tela-Tubby Prompter gone, all that "the president thinks" BS, will stop".

Down with Rubber-Stamp Administrations and Unfettered Lawers. It's OUR Country and WE need Relief not Reform NOW!

Posted by: RichNomore | October 7, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

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