Obama compares Syrian refugees to pilgrims on the Mayflower
Bradford Richardson, The Hill, Nov 26 2015
This ‘Thanksgiving’ (my sneer quotes – RB), Obama is calling for Pindosis to lend a helping hand to another group of pilgrims fleeing persecution. Obama said in his weekly address Thursday:
Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims, men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families. What makes Pindosia into Pindostan (know wot I mean – RB) is that we offer that chance.
He praised Pindosis who have offered to open their homes to refugees fleeing war-torn Syria, saying:
One woman from Pennsylvania wrote to me to say, ‘Money is tight for us in my household … But I have a guest room. I have a pantry full of food. We can do this.’ Another woman from Florida told me her family’s history dates back to the Mayflower, and she said that welcoming others is part of ‘what it means to be an Pindosi.’
He called for citizens to put the “generosity” of Pindostan on full display by welcoming refugees into the country with arms wide open, saying:
I hope that you and your family have a wonderful ‘Thanksgiving’, surrounded by loved ones and full of joy and gratitude. And together, may we all play our own small part in the Pindostani story, and write a next chapter that future generations can be thankful for.
The House passed a measure earlier this month making it more difficult for Syrian refugees fleeing ISIS to enter the country. Republicans have cast doubt on whether refugees can be properly vetted to ensure that they are not terrorists. At least one assailant in the Nov 13 Paris attack is suspected of entering France posing as a migrant.