Iftar Dinners at the White House and the State Department

July 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

Last night I attended the White House’s annual Iftar in celebration of the Holy Month of Ramadan. Although this yearly tradition began during President Clinton’s term in office, Thomas Jefferson actually hosted the first White House Iftar in 1805.

The White House Iftar provides a great opportunity to bring the American Muslim community together with a broad cross-section of American political, religious, and cultural leaders.

This year, it was a particular pleasure to join a number of my friends from the Washington Diplomatic Corps and several members of Congress whom I have gotten to know throughout my time here.

President Obama made a short speech as well, which I felt was a great tribute to the Holy Month and to the role Muslims have played in American history. I have embedded the speech below.

Earlier this week, I also had the occasion to join Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department’s annual Iftar. If you’re interested, I have embedded a video of his remarks below.

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