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It was only a matter of time until Barack Obama – the man who’s too cool for cool – would start to lose it.

The problem is, instead of him reacting directly to the American people, he had his White House lackey do the dirty work.

What set him off? The results of polls, showing that a growing number of Americans believe he’s a Muslim.

The White House nearly broke speed records in responding.

With apologies to Shakespeare and “Hamlet”: “Obama doth protest too much, methinks.”

A Time Magazine poll showed that 24 percent of Americans believe Obama is a Muslim and the new Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life poll found an increase to 18 percent of Americans who identify Obama as a Muslim.

It was interesting that the ABC News report on the poll said, “[T]hose surveyed wrongly identified Obama as a Muslim.”

That’s a perfect example of the media protecting Obama. Why not just say that people identified him as a Muslim? Why qualify the results as being “wrong?” In fact, how do they know they’re wrong?

The Pew poll also showed that the number of Americans who believe Obama is a Christian dropped from 51 percent to 34 percent, and the number who say they don’t know Obama’s religion, increased from 32 to 43 percent.

Something’s going on, and it means a growing number of Americans mistrust Obama. Bottom line, they think he’s hiding something.

The fact is, there’s no definitive proof either way, only what the White house press office says and its response was immediate and childishly defensive.

Administration spokesman Bill Burton said the president is “obviously a Christian.”

Really? Obvious to whom? If so, why is he doubted?

“He prays every day.”

So do members of other faiths. Muslims pray five times daily. “He communicates with his religious adviser every day.”

Every day? Is he that much in need of religious counseling?

“There’s a group of pastors that he takes counsel from on a regular basis.”

What denomination are those advisers? Do they advising on policy issues? If so, why? How does Obama have time for all this?

What’s Burton driving at? That you’re not a Christian if you don’t do those things? Is this all a presidential litmus test?

The truth is, if this issue needed such an immediate and detailed response, Obama should have done it himself. Who better to convince the adoring masses that only words of truth pass his lips?

Then again – perhaps the adoration is waning and truth has nothing to do with words spoken.

Just asking.

Obama maintains, either by his own guarded statements or those of his spokesman, that he is Christian.

Except for that unfortunate slip during an interview on ABC with George Stephanopoulos when Obama referred to “his Muslim faith.” But true to the media protective squad, George was right there with the correction – “your Christian faith” and Obama repeated the correction, “my Christian faith.”

I don’t know anyone, devout in any faith, who would make such a mistake – on national television yet!

But with Obama, this is a big issue. Ever since he became a viable candidate for the presidency, there have been questions about him and for the most part, questioners have been blown off.

Is there a question about his affiliation with Islam? Yes.

Why?

Because our country was attacked on 9/11 by militant Islamists. They’re the enemy, and American citizens have concerns that there might be an element of sympathy for them on the part of a Muslim if he were elected president.

That may not be politically correct, but given what we do not know about Barack Obama, it shouldn’t surprise anyone, and what we do know associates him closely with Islam.

He was born to a Muslim father, which makes him Muslim by birth. He was enrolled in elementary school as a Muslim. Many of his friends and advisers have been Muslim. He’s said the Muslim call to prayer is the most beautiful sound in the world. He never goes to church and is never seen with a Bible.

Not enough to indict him, but enough to raise doubts.

There’s a litany of unanswered questions about Obama – the man and his life – which, for anyone else in politics or anywhere else for that matter, would have to be answered.

But Obama gets a pass.

His technique: Ignore them or have a spokesman summarily dismiss them with the implication the questioner is a right-wing, bigoted kook.

The technique was used all through the campaign – remember, we couldn’t even use his middle name, Hussein – and now, during his presidency.

But it’s strange, isn’t it, that the man who is now president of the United States of America – he got what he wanted – feels compelled to continue to hide the details of his birth, his family religion, citizenship, travels, passport details and literally everything about his schooling and legal experience.

Isn’t it strange that in the most open and free country in the world, with First Amendment rights, the man who heads the government maintains the most amazing, in-your-face, level of secrecy? Virtually everything factual about his past is hidden, and anyone with the audacity to inquire is denounced. It’s another form of the Obama thought police.

Of course, Obama’s deference to Muslim leaders, his constant apologies for this country, his dismissiveness of Christian activities and organizations, his honoring of Muslim celebrations and his support of the mosque near Ground Zero don’t help.

The guy on the street asks, “Who’s side is he on?”

Why is Obama so defensive about being thought a Muslim? Does he know something we don’t?

Think about it.

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