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Muslims Infiltrate the White House! Me Included!


So the #MuslimMeeting has neo-cons and other assorted Islamophobes going haywire. Although it would be an understatement to say the Obama administration has a complicated relationship with the American Muslim community especially on civil liberties and foreign policy. Nonetheless this is a good effort to reach out to a diverse array of individuals from the American Muslim community.

Muslims Infiltrate the White House! Me Included!

I was one of the 14 ‘Muslim-American leaders’ invited to meet with President Obama on Wednesday afternoon. Here’s what it was like.

By: Dean Obeidallah

I can’t believe it but Louie Gohmert and Michele Bachmann were right after all. Muslims have infiltrated the White House—and at the highest levels. Sharia law can’t be far behind, so I hope you like turkey bacon and non-alcoholic beer because that’s all you will be getting once these Muslims have their say.

What am I talking about? Well, on Wednesday, I was one of 14 Muslim-American leaders to attend a one-hour meeting with President Obama at the White House. I must admit I was thrilled at the prospect of actually having a conversation with the president about issues of concern to our community.

Once I was in The White House, two main thoughts came to mind. First, it looks just like House of Cards. I kept waiting for Frank Underwood to walk out and share his plans for world domination.

And secondly, after I sat down in the Roosevelt Room and observed the glasses and plates that bore the White House insignia, I immediately began plotting how to sneak one out with me. Seriously, you would’ve had the same thoughts if you saw it. They are really impressive/cool. (No plates or cups were ultimately stolen.)

In any event, why was this meeting happening? Farhana Khera, a lawyer and executive director of Muslim Advocates, who spearheaded the effort, explained, “We’ve been asking for a meeting with the president since he came to office.”

Now, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t Muslim-American leaders who have an ongoing working relationship with the administration. But there has never been a meeting with leaders from around the country with Obama before this. (And just so it’s clear, there are many other great Muslim-American leaders other than just the 14 at this meeting, but the White House wanted to keep this event small to encourage a discussion.)

So what happened at this meeting? Well, I’m happy to announce that I’m now the new ambassador to the United Kingdom. OK, not exactly. In fact, there are certain ground rules to these meetings, so I can’t disclose everything.

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List of those who attended:

Diego Arancibia, board member and associate director of the Ta’leef Collective; Azhar Azeez, president of the Islamic Society of North America; Maya Berry, executive director of the Arab American Institute; Hoda Elshishtawy, Muslim Public Affairs Council; Rahat Husain, Universal Muslim Association of America; Farhana Khera, president of Muslim Advocates; Dr. Sherman Jackson, professor of religion and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California; Farhan Latif, chief operating officer, Institute of Policy and Understanding; Imam Mohamed Magid, representative of the Adams Center; Haroon Mokhtarzada, CEO of Webs; Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad, Muslim chaplain at the University of Pennsylvania; Dean Obeidallah, comedian; Bilqis “Qisi” Abdul-Qaadir, director of women’s basketball operations at Indiana State University; Arshia Wajid, founder of American Muslim Health Professionals.

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  • HSkol

    Ten days gone and now we are all in the present-time. Blew me away! My immediate thought was, of course, the Twilight Zone. :)

  • No_Terrorist

    I am not sure if it’s me you are referring to since I didn’t any of what you are mentioning.

  • Jean Markale

    I learned the minuet from playing video games; up, up, down, down, left, right, left…

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    If anyone ever tells you games aren’t edumacational, they’re a liar.

  • Jean Markale

    ( hope that means what I think it means, I never studied Florentine)

  • Jean Markale

    Man, I wish I could upvote more than once…

  • Jean Markale

    Salaams to everypony,
    I disagree 100%.
    Are you suggesting that we would have voted for McCain or Romney instead of President Obama?
    That makes no sense.
    Are you suggesting that, with our massive .08% (that’s right, eight tenths of one percent) voting clout, we could have voted someone in other than the two major candidates?
    That, too, makes no sense.
    As a bonus, your sweeping generalizations are grossly inaccurate, which is generally what happens when you make sweeping generalizations.

    Furthermore, there is plenty of advocacy going on. Comparing our level of activity with that of the Zionists may be problematic considering that Jews outnumber us two to one. Of course one will behold more of their political activity, there are twice as many of them.

  • HSkol

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan


  • Jean Markale

    Happy Birthday!
    (Ten day time difference. I live in a different part of the United States)

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  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    Thank you!

  • HSkol


  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    Thanks, Mindy.

  • mindy1

    happy birthday

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    I might have to change that to just President soon…. and cheers, Herr Skolly!

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan


  • Yausari

    Good, everything is according to plan… rolleyes

  • Trimmercastle42

    oh, happy birthday :)

  • Reynardine

    I tried that once. I voted for John Anderson. We got Reagan.

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    Again I don’t buy into the false binary where the only other option to the neo-cons is the Democrats who’s only benefit is that they don’t want to kill us. I am sorry but I expect more from politicians than hey we kind of consider you human we will spy on you and drone your fellow Muslims over seas and reflexively label them terrorists whether they are civilian or not, then we will also help create a two justice system where by any civil liberties will be violated one we utter the word terrorist. But hey we don’t totally hate you and want to simply kill all of you that but those Republican however do so vote for us the Democrats the party that doesn’t want to kill all Muslims all the time.

    That being said I do think partcipating in the political process and getting Muslims lawmakers and congressmen who are principled like Kieth Ellison and others is good thing. But I don’t think we should put blind support behind the Democrats rather third part candidates is the better route.

  • Reynardine

    In all fairness, there were also those who denounced such expressions of sentiment.

  • Reynardine

    P. S. You’re up late, Young Blood.

    May your future take off like a rocket!

  • HSkol

    Happy Birthday, Kid President!

  • Reynardine

    At present, Eastern Standard (the time zone of the U.S. seaboard) is five hours behind you.

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