President Obama pays tribute to Muslim Americans with the annual White House Iftar (breaking fast) dinner, in celebration of the holy month of Ramadan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama hosts the annual White House Iftar (breaking fast) dinner celebrating the holy month of Ramadan, Monday (June 22). As the first course was served, Obama thanked guests, including all of the "inspiring young people" in the room, and paid respects to all Muslim Americans across the country. "We affirm that whatever our faith, we are all one family," Obama said during a speech at the beginning of the dinner. "When three young Muslim Americans were brutally murdered in Chapel Hill earlier this year, Americans of all faiths rallied around that community. And obviously tonight our prayers remain with Charleston and Mother Emanuel Church. As Americans we insist that nobody should be targeted because of who they are or what they look like, who they love, how they worship..." Obama said. During the holy month, which is the ninth month on Islamic calendar, Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from sunrise to sunset. The month long fasting concludes with the biggest Islamic festival, Eid Al-Fitr in mid-July.