The Washington Post appears to be transfixed on whether Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker believes President Obama is a Christian – a cryptic inquiry surely driven by the obscure belief held by some critics that the president is a Muslim.
The newspaper hit the probable 2016 Republican presidential contender with the “gotcha question” on Saturday at the winter meeting of the National Governors Association, but the transparent attempt to set up Walker resulted in some unintended consequences.
To start with, Walker turned the question back on the two Post reporters.
“To me, this is a classic example of why people hate Washington and, increasingly, dislike the press,” he said. “The things they care about don’t even remotely come close to what you’re asking about.”
Another inauspicious result is the question prompted more than one member of the “new media” to recall another politician who was somewhat ambiguous about Obama’s chosen faith — Hillary Clinton, the likely 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.
A video clip quickly surfaced of a 2008 interview on “60 Minutes,” where Clinton was asked if she believed rumors that Obama is a Muslim.
“No! No! Why would I?” Clinton replied in the interview. “There’s nothing to base that on. As far as I know.”
— The Weekly Standard (@weeklystandard) February 22, 2015
The refresher prompted others to weigh in, although most were more than a little skeptical about how soon the media will be hitting Clinton up on whether she believes Obama is indeed a Christian.
A sampling of responses, as seen on Twitter:
— Jimmy (@JimmyPrinceton) February 22, 2015
@seanmdav The good old “as far as I know, he’s not a Muslim” dodge.
— Claire Mahoney (@TaggertGirl) February 22, 2015
— Natasha Fatale (@N_Fatale) February 22, 2015
BTW, not one of the “journalists” to whom I’ve tweeted that Hillary clip has responded. Nor do I expect any of them to do so.
— Just Karl (@justkarl) February 22, 2015
Just make sure y’all remember that your girl Hillary also wasn’t sure if Barack Obama was a Christian. #ObamalovesAmerica
— itgurl (@itgurl_29) February 22, 2015
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