President Obama said in an interview Monday with a French TV reporter that "if you actually took the number of Muslims Americans, we'd be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world."
But that claim, which you can see in the transcript released by the White House on Tuesday, doesn't seem to pass muster.
The highest estimate of the number of Muslims in America is about 8 million, out of a population of more than 304 million. That's about two percent, which is nowhere near the top percentage for countries around the world.
Obama made the claim just after stating that "we have to educate ourselves more effectively on Islam."
"And one of the points I want to make is, is that if you actually took the number of Muslims Americans, we'd be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world. And so there's got to be a better dialogue and a better understanding between the two peoples," he said.
Change , indeed....