Watch Obama’s Face As Bowe Bergdahl’s Father Invokes Allah In Arabic

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When Bob Bergdahl launched in Arabic, invoking Allah while standing next to President Obama in the White House Rose Garden, a number of Americans were startled. Claire Lopez, a former CIA operations officer, a strategic policy and intelligence expert with a focus on Middle East, national defense, WMD, and counterterrorism issues, emailed her friend Allen West:

“What none of these media is reporting is that the father’s (SGT Bowe Bergdahl’s father Bob) first words at the WH were in Arabic – those words were “bism allah alrahman alraheem” – which means “in the name of Allah the most gracious and most merciful” – these are the opening words of every chapter of the Qur’an except one (the chapter of the sword – the 9th) – by uttering these words on the grounds of the WH, Bergdahl (the father) sanctified the WH and claimed it for Islam. There is no question but POTUS knows this.”

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And here is video footage of Obama’s reaction to that moment…

9 thoughts on “Watch Obama’s Face As Bowe Bergdahl’s Father Invokes Allah In Arabic”

  1. I live in a 100% muslim country, and sure “Bismillah al rahman al rahim etc…” is a phrase that comes from the Koran but it is used very casually any time someone starts a speech in the muslim world. Even non muslims who are familiar with the islamic culture use it to pay respect to islamic customs. Just like the common expression “Inch Allah” which means ‘If God wills” is often used by non muslims just out of habit. I think since the father really studied the Afghan culture, it could be that he wanted to acknowledge any muslim audience out there as a sign of goodwill and open mindedness to the world at large. It’s like some Americans casually saying “God Bless you” to people out of respect even though they don’t even practice Christianity. I have heard muslims say “God Bless you” to people, it’s not forbidden for them to say this in English.So why should it be controversial for Christians or non Christians to say some words in Arabic even if it is inspired from the Koran, it still relates to one universal God wether you call it Allah or not. My point is that just because he used the expression doesn’t necessarily mean he is muslim and has an islamist agenda. For example, sometimes when I eat in Muslim homes, before taking my first bite, I say Bismillah just because it’s the custom but I have no beliefs whatsoever in Islam. No need to read too much into this, I think.

    • Honestly, your words make sense in regards to your experiences; however, Christianity is not currently recognized at the White House and it would be like having a Christian man as the president of a country with the majority of its population being Muslims…which I can only imagine wouldn’t go over well if that Christian president said God Bless You when addressing a nation of Muslims. You know that he would be hated as being a minority in charge of the majority…an apartheid, you might say.

      Remember that blacks only make 13% of the American population and Muslims only about 2% of the population; YET, our lives have been radically altered and our guaranteed Constitutional freedoms almost eradicated because of our government using Muslims as an excuse…hence, the angst.

      • maybe the guy is not even religious. I think if the question could be posed in an interview on why he said this, only then we could make a final judgment on why he said it. But until then, we can assume a lot of things the worse, being that he had a hidden islamist agenda to conquer and proclaim the victory of Islam in the WH, or it could just be a very innocuous phrase that the father used because he is familiar with the muslim culture. No one can be sure, we are presuming. Like I explained, I don’t consider these words to automatically mean you are muslim if you use them. If a Christian said “God Bless You” or “Thank God” in a muslim country, he would not be rejected. That’s my personal experience. They actually prefer Christians than atheists where I live right now (Mauritania).

    • We say “inch allah” and some times I say “mother of god”- it just comes out because I was raised hearing both terms. But I don’t think blessing Allah most gracious and merciful exists in the vernacular of a white, mid-western American convert. This expression was probably invoked by him in a formal or ceremonial context.

      That said, God is certainly not universal among conflicting religions and religious beliefs. The only thing (attribute) universal of God is love which, in my observation and experience, does not exist in a real, outward Islamic expression of Allah.

      I have no comment on Obama’s obvious reaction to these words.

  2. Traitors no longer face the firing squad. Now they are celebrated in the rose garden. These folks see eye to eye with Obama.

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