Obama’s Mosque Visit a Step Forward, But More Work Ahead
Name: Wardah Khalid
Major: International Relations
School: Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
“I will admit I was a bit skeptical when I received the invitation to hear President Obama speak for the first time at a U.S. mosque. What would he say? Would he again tell Muslims that they were responsible for rooting out extremism, as he did after the San Bernardino shooting? Or turn it into a political opportunity to bash Republicans under the guise of denouncing Islamophobia?
To my pleasant surprise, the President did neither. In fact, he began with two words, which he said Muslim Americans don’t hear enough: ‘thank you.'”