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U.S. Embassy In Cairo Condemns Hurting Muslims’ “Religious Feelings”

And Obama gets compared to Carter. A lot.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo released this statement condemning religious intolerance — particularly intolerance directed at Muslims — hours before Egyptian protestors attacked the embassy, destroying the American flag and replacing it with a black flag declaring “There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger.”

The protesters were demonstrating against a U.S. film in development about Mohammad. The statement continues:

On Special Report, columnist Charles Krauthammer replied to the statement with outrage:

That outrage spread to Twitter, where President Obama was compared to President Carter. A lot.

Carter admin: US Embassy in Tehran attacked. Obama admin: US Embassies in Cairo and Benghazi attacked. Coincidence?

— gary_ivey (@Gary Ivey)

Carter admin: US Embassy in Tehran attacked. Obama admin: US Embassies in Cairo and Benghazi attacked. Coincidence?— Gary Ivey

As crowds storm US embassy in Egypt, one instantly thinks of 1979, Iran, Pres. Carter. Not the comparison Obama wants.

— brian_jphillips (@Brian J. Phillips)

As crowds storm US embassy in Egypt, one instantly thinks of 1979, Iran, Pres. Carter. Not the comparison Obama wants.— Brian J. Phillips

So basically Obama went "Full Carter" today.

— BiasedGirl (@BiasedGirl)

So basically Obama went “Full Carter” today.— BiasedGirl

Jimmy Carter can sleep peacefully at night. Obama has long surpassed him as being the most inept President.

— dminor85 (@Demetrius Minor)

Jimmy Carter can sleep peacefully at night. Obama has long surpassed him as being the most inept President.— Demetrius Minor

I think that we can all agree that when our embassies get attacked and Americans killed, Obama has failed at diplomacy. Jimmy Carter anyone?

— VAFramer (@Usually Confused)

I think that we can all agree that when our embassies get attacked and Americans killed, Obama has failed at diplomacy. Jimmy Carter anyone?— Usually Confused

Carter 2.0 - We apologized to the trash who attacked our embassy in Cairo for 'abuse of free speech'. And Obama is the foreign policy wiz?

— VioletTiger2 (@SandraS)

Carter 2.0 - We apologized to the trash who attacked our embassy in Cairo for ‘abuse of free speech’. And Obama is the foreign policy wiz?— SandraS

Somebody mail Obama a cardigan! Embassies being attacked! We need a misery index! The metamorphosis to Carter is almost complete! #tcot

— dfhaughey (@D.F. Haughey)

Somebody mail Obama a cardigan! Embassies being attacked! We need a misery index! The metamorphosis to Carter is almost complete! #tcot— D.F. Haughey

Carter lost 1 embassy; can Obama beat total? Multiple concurrent incidents re US embassies–consulates. Technical acts of war: as was Iran.

— TrollColors (@TrollColors)

Carter lost 1 embassy; can Obama beat total? Multiple concurrent incidents re US embassies–consulates. Technical acts of war: as was Iran.— TrollColors

This just in - Obama sending helicopters to free the embassy! #Carter

— in4m8ionman (@Jeff Anderson)

This just in - Obama sending helicopters to free the embassy! #Carter— Jeff Anderson

UPDATE: The White House has disavowed the embassy’s statement. A senior official told Politico that it “does not reflect the views of the United States government.”

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Jessica Testa is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Jessica Testa at jessica.testa@buzzfeed.com
 
 
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