Obama's brilliant first move

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  1. Chris
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    Obama's decision to give his first TV interview to the satellite news channel Al Arabiya was intended as an olive branch to the Middle East and to Muslims, the White House said.

    "The president believed that this was an opportunity to show the world that he would be personally involved and engaged in seeking long-lasting peace in the Middle East," said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.

    A prominent Palestinian lawmaker, Hanan Ashrawi, said of the interview: "People are starting to feel this isn't just lip service."

    Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal called the Obama interview a positive development.

    Prince Saud said the president expressed a "desire to have a strong and fruitful relationship with the Arab world."

    A Jordanian Cabinet minister said Mr. Obama's Middle East vision matches Jordan's desire for a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians.

    Washington Times - Obama reaches out with Arab TV interview
     
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    Yeah, just brilliant. If you're an Arab.:cuckoo:
     
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    Where is the transcript ?
     
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    Or a terrorist apologist.
     
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    First move? Didn't he kill some civilians and children in Pakistan last week?
     
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    I don't see why Republicans and Democrats would have a problem with this.

    Especially with the fact that many on both sides have bitched over the past few weeks that they've had enough of talk about Obama and seeing Obama talk. :eusa_whistle:
     
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    Obama is doing the right thing and making a good first step :eusa_angel:
     
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    Don't think so Kevin.

    Though I've been meaning to point the irony in your position, won't bother since this isn't the thread to do so.
     
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    I'm delighted it has been so positively received. That said, sooner or later "olive branches" will not be enough and he'll have to start taking political positions that will piss off one side or the other. When that happens it will be worth watching.

    Until than, well done to him on this apparent PR victory (though as Gunny has mentioned, even this has probably pissed some people off already).
     

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