A caveat may be that Obama stated publicly that he supports the right of the Cordoba Initiative to build the mosque. He later said he would not comment on the wisdom to build it. Hamas is actually commenting on the wisdom of the decision and it wholeheartedly agrees.
Via the New York Post:
A leader of the Hamas terror group yesterday jumped into the emotional debate on the plan to construct a mosque near Ground Zero -- insisting Muslims "have to build" it there.Interestingly, New York Senator Chuck Schumer (D) is Jewish and has long relied upon the Jewish vote. Obama's words - and now the words of Hamas leaders - is putting Schumer in quite the pickle. He is being put in the position of having to support Obama while dismissing Hamas.
"We have to build everywhere," said Mahmoud al-Zahar, a co-founder of Hamas and the organization's chief on the Gaza Strip.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who so far has not taken a position on the mosque, dismissed the endorsement.Let's not forget that whether you believe Obama is himself a Muslim, he has a background that involves an Islamic heritage and education. In 2007, Nicholas D. Kristof at the New York Times quoted Obama as having reverence for the Islamic call to prayer as far back as 2007:
"Hamas is a terrorist organization, and their views don't deserve any weight on anything," his spokesman said.
Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it’ll give Alabama voters heart attacks), Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”Did you catch that swipe at an entire state of people? Perhaps Kristof will have to start apologizing soon.
Moreover, Mr. Obama’s own grandfather in Kenya was a Muslim. Mr. Obama never met his grandfather and says he isn’t sure if his grandfather’s two wives were simultaneous or consecutive, or even if he was Sunni or Shiite. (O.K., maybe Mr. Obama should just give up on Alabama.)
There's also an excellent piece at the Wall Street Journal about the controversy.
h/t to Drudge