Arizona's immigration law is not a local issue. The arrest of a black professor, Henry Louis Gates, by a white policeman is not a local issue. But a triumphal Islamic supremacist mega-mosque at Ground Zero? Local issue.
This is consistent with Obama's ongoing downplaying and denial of the jihad threat. There is no jihad against America. It's just a matter of a few individuals who Misunderstand Islam committing random acts of mayhem. And so why should a victory mosque at Ground Zero trouble anyone?
"We are not at war with a religion but an idea which has corrupted a religion." So says Gibbs, in a succinct summary of a policy failure of immense proportions.