Taken from an Islamic perspective this statement is dangerous. It sounds as if the President of the United States sees America is a Muslim nation. When you consider translations, this may presented to the masses as exactly that, American President Hussein (an exclusively Islamic name) Obama declares America to be Islamic. Thus America would be "al-Islam", or territory which may never be ceded to non-Muslims.
Semantics, right? Over-reaction, right?
Except, this is a long standing meme from not only the President, but also his staffers.
“America and yes I do consider the United States of America an Islamic country with an Islamically compliant constitution. Move On!”Mohamed Elibiary of the Obama Administration's "Faith-based Security and Communications Advisory Committee" and "Countering Violent Extremist Working Group". http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/nov/1/dhs-adviser-america-islamic-country
Obama: 'Islam Has Been Woven Into the Fabric of Our Country Since Its Founding'
The list goes on and on... The problem is that our American ears do not hear the threat in these platitudes because many of us do not understand Islamic tenets. Islam is not a religion of peace, it is a political philosophy like Communism or Imperialism that integrates a Theocracy.
Example: per http://www.historynet.com/muhammad-the-warrior-prophet.htm
According to classical Sunni doctrine, jihad can refer generically to any worthy endeavor, but in Islamic law it means primarily armed struggle for Islam against infidels and apostates. The central element of the doctrine of jihad is that the Islamic community (ummah) as a whole, under the leadership of the caliph (successor to Muhammad), has the duty to expand Islamic rule until the whole world is governed by Islamic law. Expansionist jihad is thus a collective duty of all Muslims. Land occupied by Muslims is known as the dar al-Islam, while all other territory is known as the dar al-harb, ?the land of war.? Islamic law posits the inalienability of Islamic territory. If infidels attack the dar al-Islam, it becomes the duty of all Muslims to resist and of all other Muslims to assist them. Thus jihad can be defensive as well as offensive.More information can be found in the outstanding article What ISIS Really Wants.
However, the most striking example of this tenet, as analyzed by the New York Post from the Ayatollah Khamenei's book entitled "Palestine" or "How to Outwit America and destroy Israel" as many pundits describe 416-page book edited by Saeed Solh-Mirzai. (per http://www.bulletinleader.com/iranian-book-how-to-outwit-us-destroy-israel/14656/ )
One such principle is that a land that falls under Muslim rule, even briefly, can never again be ceded to non-Muslims.
Taken to its conclusion, this would see a huge chunk of the globe, including parts of Europe, China, Russia, India and South-East Asia ruled by an Islamic state.Under this Islamic tenet, Israel shall never be left in peace under any circumstance. Furthermore, President Obama and his staff's declarations that America is a Muslim country adds America to this list of Islamic territory.