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Ron Schalow, Fargo, letter: Attempt to smear Obama easily refuted

In the July 13 Forum, Brian and Harriet Turner write, "It is our hope that Americans will vote with intelligent, well-researched information, and well-thought-out decisions."...

In the July 13 Forum, Brian and Harriet Turner write, "It is our hope that Americans will vote with intelligent, well-researched information, and well-thought-out decisions."

Then, evidently unable to follow their own advice, the Turners smear Barack Obama with what they say is a quote from the senator's book, "The Audacity of Hope." They tell us that Obama wrote, "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

The full paragraph from the book reads as follows:

"Of course, not all my conversations in immigrant communities follow this easy pattern. In the wake of 9/11, my meetings with Arab and Pakistani Americans, for example, have a more urgent quality, for the stories of detentions and FBI questioning and hard stares from neighbors have shaken their sense of security and belonging. They have been reminded that the history of immigration in this country has a dark underbelly; they need specific assurances that their citizenship really means something, that America has learned the right lessons from the Japanese internments during World War II, and that I will stand with them should the political winds shift in an ugly direction."

The Turners may need more practice in the research department.

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