Obama sets the tone of the interview, not as the President of the United States, but as a humble servant to the people he wants to serve- the people of the world.
"All too often the United States starts by dictating"
"we sometimes make mistakes, we're not perfect"
My job is to communicate the fact that the United States has a stake in the well-being of the Muslim world, that the language we use has to be a language of respect,"
Because we weren't respectful when President Bush was in office, because (as Powerline notes) George W. Bush said repeatedly that Islam was a "religion of peace"....Obama is in a realy hurry to sell out his country (that's what you do when you sell out the former President now that you're in office) for his own ego, won't he?The interviewer gushes over Obama- sound familiar? Obama was very friendly and on good terms with his aides, said Melhem, who found the nation’s 44th president “very smart.”
Elsewhere in the article:
The interview was the first time he explicitly talked about his family’s Muslim background. “I have Muslim members of my family,” Obama told Melhem. “I have lived in Muslim countries.”
Yeah- I noticed that. We weren't even allowed to ask about his Muslim background during the election remember? We were all a bunch of fear mongers and bigots to even ask where he went to school in Indonesia. But Obama gets to use his heritage now to score points where he thinks he needs them. He is a politician to beat all others, but it's really shocking how quickly he went from never using the word "Muslim" (why??) to touting it as a credential to bring world peace.
This man is the hero of liberals everywhere, but what does it gain us? The channel, run by the Saudi government- is seen as pro-American in the Muslim world- I noticed a bunch of comments on the youtube postings that said the same thing. So, if America's problem (according to many in the Muslim world) in the Middle East is that we cozy up to regimes who don't represent Democracy, then won't this move just reinforce that notion? Obama thinks that if he just gets the love of all of the moderates in the Middle East- as he got the love of the moderates here- that our problems with Islamic Terrorism will start to resolve. Wrong. Wrong. Really wrong.
Remember a few months ago when I posted about patriotism?
We're about to put the most liberal Senator (also former Academic, two-time biography writer and community organizer) in the White House- and with that comes the reality of the "Apologize-to-everyone-for-how-bad-American is World Tour".
Not like this was hard to call, but even I wouldn't predict that he would start the tour seven days after taking the oath of office.