BY BILL O'REILLY
On the breaking news front, there is good news and bad news for President Obama. The good news is that the last active combat brigade in Iraq has left that country as the USA continues to draw down our troops, certainly a positive thing.
On the negative front, unemployment claims were up 12,000 last week -- more bad news on the economic front. But both of these stories have been overshadowed by the continuing Ground Zero mosque controversy, which has galvanized the attention of the public. A new Time Magazine poll says 61 percent of Americans oppose the mosque; just 26 support it. Also, 70 percent of the public believe the mosque is an insult to the victims of 9/11. 70 percent! That's very bad news for President Obama, who has staked out territory in support of building the mosque.
Even far left bomb-thrower Howard Dean is showing up the president.
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HOWARD DEAN: This isn't about the rights of Muslims to have a worship or Jews or
Christians or anybody else to have a place to worship or any place near
Ground Zero. This is something that we ought to be able to work out with people of good faith. And we have to understand that it is a
real affront to people who lost their lives, including Muslims.
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Now, while the liberal press at first ignored the controversy, it is now all over the place. And the president cannot escape it.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Any regrets jumping into the Islamic Center? I'm
telling you it's working in Columbus. The coverage working in Columbus.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The answer is no regrets.
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It took him awhile for him to get there. If you are keeping score, it is Senator Harry Reid and Howard Dean against the mosque, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the president okay with it. That is a civil war within the Democratic Party,no matter how they try to spin it.
It is true that healthy disagreement on issues can strengthen political movements. "Talking Points" respects independent thinking if it is sincere and well thought out. But to independent Americans who did support President Obama last time, there is a growing perception that not only is the president baffled by the economy but also that he lines up against most of the people on significant issues.
Even some hardcore Democrats believe that, and there is deep anxiety about the upcoming election in Democratic precincts.
So while the mosque-Ground Zero story isn't as important as the economy or our leaving Iraq, the political implications of it are enormous.
President Obama must be glad he's on vacation. And that's "The Memo."
PINHEADS & PATRIOTS
And finally, "Pinheads & Patriots." We only have one item because it is extraordinary.
In Nevarro, Spain, a bull went on a rampage during a bull fight. Those are big attractions in Spain, but they are illegal here in America - for good reason. They're brutal.
Anyway, bull was angry and injured 40 people in a crowd that was estimated to be 3,500. Nobody was killed except the bull, who was executed after it was caught.
Again, there is simply no reason to have bull fights. It is blood sport. Spain and the other countries that do it should knock it off. They are pinheads for allowing it.