President Obama Snaps at Military Brass – Unproven!
Summary of eRumor:
A viral email alleges that President Obama snapped at military brass during a briefing in September 2014 and told them not to “try to paint all of Islam with the same brush” in response to airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
There’s no evidence to prove or disprove the claim that President Obama snapped at military brass during a briefing about airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria.
The email’s claims appear to have originated in a blog posted at the personal website of author DW Ulsterman. The blog post recounts the same claims at the eRumor without citing a source, so its claims cannot be proven or disproven.
The eRumor’s claim that President Obama traveled to Camp David on September 19, 2014, is true, USA Today reports. But it’s not known, however, whether or not the president held an “informal briefing” with pentagon officials before his departure.
The eRumor’s claim that military advisors had in some way tried to “paint all of Islam with the same brush” doesn’t appear to jibe with actual events. National Security Advisor Susan Rice said in a press briefing on September 19, 2014, that plans were to “go on the offensive against ISIL” with coalition airstrikes and ground support provided by Iraqi Security Forces, Kurdish Security Forces and Syrian opposition forces. The military’s willingness to partner with those forces to defeat the Islamic State terrorist group contradicts the eRumor’s claim that all of Islam had been painted with the same brush.
In a fit of rage, Obama snaps at U.S. military brass: “Don’t you dare try and paint all of Islam with the same brush” Showing his Muslim stripes, Obama threw a hissy fit and stomped out of a Pentagon meeting about the bombing campaign against ISIS over remarks allegedly tying the Islamic State ( ISIS ) to Islam. His tantrum reportedly took place in the afternoon of last week just prior to the president’s departure to Camp David. It was an informal briefing on the expanded bombing campaigns to take place in both Syria and Iraq . Halfway through the already very brief briefing, President Obama stood up clearly agitated, and walked out of the room. The casually dressed Obama returned to the briefing moments later with a senior adviser alongside him, though his mood continued to indicate he was still very upset. The senior adviser made a couple pointed remarks to the Pentagon representatives, reminded them the president had already had a very busy day, and then both she and the president once again left the room. Within seconds, Barack Obama returned again to the just concluded briefing, pointing at the still seated Pentagon staff and indicating how “inappropriate” it was to “try and paint all of Islam with the same brush.” The president repeated similar remarks, his mood going from agitation to outrage. His voice carried to several other West Wing offices. The senior adviser, who did not originally return with the president into the briefing, suddenly re-appeared alongside him, as well as the president’s personal aide. She was smiling, and telling everyone “we’re done here” which she repeated several times and then led the president back out into the hallway.