Obama notes Ellison in Cairo speech

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In President Obama’s speech to the Muslim world from Cairo today, he touched on tolerance, cooperation and briefly referred to Rep. Keith Ellison — the first Muslim elected to Congress – without mentioning the Minnesota Democrat’s name.

“I also know that Islam has always been a part of America’s story,” Obama said.  “The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco.  In signing the Treaty of Tripoli in 1796, our second President, John Adams, wrote, ‘The United States has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Muslims.’

“And since our founding, American Muslims have enriched the United States.  They have fought in our wars, they have served in our government, they have stood for civil rights, they have started businesses, they have taught at our universities, they’ve excelled in our sports arenas, they’ve won Nobel Prizes, built our tallest building, and lit the Olympic Torch. 

And when the first Muslim American was recently elected to Congress, he took the oath to defend our Constitution using the same Holy Koran that one of our Founding Fathers — Thomas Jefferson — kept in his personal library.”

Go here for a transcript of the full speech and video.

For some early analysis, go here and here and here.

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