Obama participated in a similar gathering last year.
Celebrations like iftar dinners "remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam's role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings," Obama wrote in a statement Wednesday.
"Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality ... a reminder that Islam has always been part of America and that American Muslims have made extraordinary contributions to our country."
The dinner comes amid a growing controversy over the proposed construction of an Islamic cultural center in downtown Manhattan, near the site of the World Trade Center. A CNN poll released Wednesday found that 68 percent of the public opposes the project.
Meanwhile, the White House — which has made great efforts to reach out to the Muslim community — has been silent on the issue.
"This is rightly a matter for New York City and the local community to decide," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters on Aug. 3.
Ramadan began on Wednesday and will end around Sept. 10.
Well isn't that special. Our president is cuddling up with the Muslims once again during their annual Ramadan. Or is there some other symbolic coincidence going on here?
I think that he just wants to embrace his people more openly, while foisting more of the egalitarian party line for the mindless minions across America that believe all this tripe.
Mean while the message being sent all across the middle east is loud and clear. So......Ramadan ends the day before the ninth anniversary of 9/11 this year. I wonder what the religion of peace will cook up for us this time.......