President Obama today used the annual White House Iftar dinner to show his support for Huma Abedin, the senior aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton whose family was said by Rep. Michele Bachmann and other GOP lawmakers to have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
From Obama’s remarks:
We know this, too, for here in America we’re enriched by so many faiths, by men and women — including Muslim American women . . .
And that includes a good friend, Huma Abedin, who has worked tirelessly — (applause) — worked tirelessly in the White House, in the U.S. Senate, and most exhaustingly, at the State Department, where she has been nothing less than extraordinary in representing our country and the democratic values that we hold dear. Senator Clinton has relied on her expertise, and so have I.
The American people owe her a debt of gratitude — because Huma is an American patriot, and an example of what we need in this country — more public servants with her sense of decency, her grace and her generosity of spirit. So, on behalf of all Americans, we thank you so much. (Applause.)
Abedin, who has worked for Clinton for many years, is also the wife of disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), who resigned after being found to have sent out lewd photos of himself via Twitter.
The Iftar dinner marks the end of the daily fast Muslims perform during the month of Ramadan.
Obama made Muslim women the focus of his remarks, saying the Koran teaches that, “Be it man or woman, each of you is equal to the other.”
He made no mention of the oppression experienced by women in many Muslim countries.