President Obama on shaky ground as midterm election nears
The weekend in Florida was conceived to soothe one distraction — the gulf oil disaster — but only intensified another.
"I was not commenting, and I will not comment, on the wisdom of making the decision to put a mosque there," President Barack Obama told reporters after landing in Panama City on Aug. 14, backtracking from what he said the night before about the right of proponents of an Islamic center to build near ground zero.
The messy foray into a controversy he previously avoided underscores the problem Obama has faced since taking office 20 months ago. The focus he displayed on the campaign trail and the promises he made are colliding with the reality of governing.
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