Good analysis by Toby Harnden in the UK Telegraph:
“Many Americans are incensed by the way that legitimate protest and questioning of Obama’s policies is routinely branded as racist or ignorant. They are tired of being told what to think and when to think it.
During the 2008 campaign, for instance, you were a bigot if you mentioned Obama’s middle name or his Muslim background. Yet once he was elected, he went to Ankara and Cairo to proclaim that his full name was “Barack Hussein Obama”.
Ahmed Sharif, a victim of real anti-Muslim bigotry, stated that the attack on him was an aberration and that America is a land of tolerance and opportunity. What a shame that Obama, despite his much-vaunted gift with words, appears unable to speak about such things with similar eloquence.”