What no one at the Fox Network, and certainly not Robert Jeffress, pointed out is that absolutely no president has officially recognized Easter through a proclamation. After all, Easter is a purely religious holiday, and has no place in official government business. Something that the Fox Network and Robert Jeffress also failed to point out is that President Barack Obama had repeatedly mentioned Easter in non-official statements, and held a special Easter breakfast just a few days before Robert Jeffress' appearance on the Fox Network. The fact that Robert Jeffress failed to raise the same objection about any other previous president suggests that his remarks are actually motivated on Barack Obama's race rather than any true religious sentiment.
This is a particularly thorny situation for Muslims. The United States has had a long struggle with racial disparity and granting civil rights to black people. In fact, Islam had a huge role to play in the civil rights movement, particularly as many of those involved in the fight for civil rights embraced Islam as the religion of their ancestors, forcibly taken away when they were captured and sold as slaves to the plantations in the southern states. Now, a large portion of the American public is upset about having a black president. While it is completely unacceptable in the United States to refer to the president as a “nigger” on national television, it seems that the people at the Fox Network and Robert Jeffress have found that the word “Muslim” works as a way to replace it.