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Standing-O In Cairo

June 4, 2009

Those on the far-right have been criticizing President Obama’s speech for the past forty eight hours, now that he’s actually given it, the fireworks are really going into overdrive. If you want to get right down to specifics, there weren’t very many differences in actual policy from what Bush said before he was ducking flying shoes. But this wasn’t a policy speech. It was a new beginning. A chance to find common ground and work toward peace – which, after all, is what nearly everyone on the planet wants.

The President touched on everything from the genocide in Darfur, to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to the threat of a nuclear Iran to the innocent blood al-Qaeda has shed throughout the world. He held out an olive-branch to moderate Muslims everywhere. He quoted Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson to remind Muslims that America has been a friend to them for many, many years. He quoted from the Koran, the Talmud and the Bible, all the while the audience of Muslim students cheered again and again and again.

So of course, bin Laden accused President Obama of antagonizing Muslims. Zawahiri, who likes to call our President names (house-negro), is now calling him a criminal. Others on the far-right back here in the States have dubbed this Obama’s apology tour, and have called the speech “Carteresque”.

Listen, President Obama gave a historic speech which was designed to do one thing, and one thing only. Extend an open hand to the Muslim world. The mere fact that he was given a standing ovation, as opposed to a pair of flying loafers, proved that it was a success.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2009 9:46 am

    King Abdul Aziz Collar said, “…best wishes to the friendly American people, who are represented by a distinguished man who deserves to be in this position.”

    I am proud of America and our president. It’s like coming out the wilderness (the last eight long miserable years!) to this new and better beginning.

  2. June 4, 2009 11:12 pm

    Sorry, my computer’s been down all day. I really wanted to spend a lot of time talking about this speech. Finally, I’d had something positive to discuss!
    Anyway, today was a very good day to be an American.

  3. June 9, 2009 7:33 pm

    This is an excellent post. I have noticed peaceful elections taking place in Iran, not American falg burning in the streets, and an overall appreciation for the efforts of President Obama. In fact, The muslim populations show more respect towards President Obama than many of our far right conservatives do. I would say he is stepping in the correct direction.

  4. suckonthis permalink
    June 20, 2009 7:24 pm

    Hmm. Unfortunately the Iranian election didn’t pan out so well. Still, we’ll see what happens.

    I watched the speech, and found myself wondering whether the people criticising it had watched the same speech as me. I guess at this point if he didn’t walk up to the podium draped in an Israeli flag and yell “Death to Islam”, he must be some sort of secret Muslim, or something.

  5. June 21, 2009 4:12 pm

    Really? suckonthis?
    That just screams I’M A TROLL….DON’T DARE REPLY TO ME.
    Other than that, the comments seem normal enough.

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