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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Eugene Robinson says, "Being Obama Matters"

Listen up. A few day ago, The Daddy spotlighted Pulitzer prize-winning columnist Cynthia Tucker, who wrote with clarity and elegance in calling for a new hearing for Troy Davis, a black who could be executed for a crime he probably didn't commit. Today, The Daddy is feeling an article by Eugene Robinson, another Pulitzer prize-winning columnist, who is still talking about the speech The Prez made in Cairo and its impact on the Muslim world. Remember: we're not talking about a normal speech where a representative of an empire comes to the Muslim or Mideast nation and proceeds to tell them what they must do to gain its favor or continue to gain its favor. No, this speech was a call to the Muslim world to work with the U.S. within a new framework: to work as partners to improve the social and economic relations of both worlds.

Robinson lays it down, talking about how The Prez used his personal history and excellence in communication to speak to another people in their own language their and with own references and make at least one Muslim cry "I love you!" Check him out"

Being Obama Matters Jun 8, 2009 By Eugene Robinson

I used to fear that President Obama was overestimating the power of his personal history as an instrument of foreign policy. Now I wonder if he might have been underestimating.

In several interviews during the long presidential campaign, Obama mentioned the potential impact in other countries of seeing an American president with an appearance and a life story like none of his predecessors. He spoke especially of how the Muslim world, addressed by a president who had a Muslim father and who spent years of his childhood in a Muslim country, might be more inclined to believe that the United States is not an enemy of Islam.

But nations tend to act on the basis of perceived national interest, not personality. I thought that in the final analysis, if Obama became president—which seemed a very long shot when I first heard Obama mention this theme, in a March 2007 interview—he would be seen as friend or foe depending on how he conducted U.S. foreign policy.

Now, after Obama’s trip to the Middle East, I think we both were right.

Taking a cold-eyed view of international affairs is never wrong. But it’s also wrong to ignore the spectacle of an audience member, at Obama’s Cairo University speech, interrupting an American president to shout, “We love you!” You will recall that the last memorable presidential appearance in the Arab world was the news conference in Iraq at which two shoes were hurled at the head of George W. Bush.

Not being Bush was a big factor. But at least as important was being Obama—and being able to say, as the president did in Cairo, that “I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed.”

Obama was referring to the “generations of Muslims” in his father’s Kenyan family, his early years in Indonesia and his experience working in Chicago communities where “many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith.” The most important word in that sentence, however, came at the end: By saying revealed rather than born, Obama was acknowledging Islam as a divinely given faith.

Obama quoted liberally from the Quran, drawing applause. Perhaps more important was that he opened the speech by putting Islam in the historical context that many Muslims believe the West willfully ignores. He spoke of how the Islamic world kept the light of civilization burning during Europe’s Dark Ages—and mentioned the Quran that Thomas Jefferson kept in his library.

Obama was speaking the language of Islam in a tone of respect. What a concept.

For the full story, click here.

14 comments:

Mista Jaycee said...

Nice post!

CareyCarey said...

MacDaddy, as usual, a very nice post. I truly believe President Obama speaks from his heart.

Hey, your post on Cynthia Tucker/Troy Davis, inspired me to write one on Troy Davis. I have questions in my post and maybe you can help if you can find the time to stop through.

SagaciousHillbilly said...

What can one say except: "finally!"

MadMike said...

What a concept indeed. For 8 years America suffered under a feckless crusader and his ship of fools. We are so lucky to have a president like Barack Obama. He is history in the making....

MacDaddy said...

"We are so lucky to have a president like Barack Obama. He is history in the making...."
Yes, MadMike; abd the guy has been in office for little more than 100 days.

Somebodies Friend said...

@ MadMike, I so feel you on 'The feckless crusader, and his ship of fools', thank God that ship has sailed, and the ship that everyone was waiting for finally came in!

Great post as usual MacDaddy, hope all is well brother.

msladydeborah said...

Hi,

I finally discovered your actual blog. Nice post!

MacDaddy said...
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MacDaddy said...

Msladydeborah: Welcome. Thanks for signing up as a follower on the sidebar. Hope to see you coming back and sharing your insights.

bgie said...

This is gonna be the sweetest post ive read. Keep posting.

Vigilante said...

I don't want to get anyone's hopes up, (because my hopes aren't unduly elevated). But Obama's dramatic presence on the world scene has been credited to a palpable degree for the reformist surge in Iranian politics. Election this week, I think. Like I say, don't let our hopes get raised unduly, but keep hope alive.

MacDaddy said...

Vigilante: I'm thinking that way too. Let's hope we're both right.

bgie: I'll do my best. Thanks for coming.

SDG said...

Excellent post and comments from Eugene Robinson. Not only was President Obama speaking to the Muslim world, he was also speaking to us.

Islamaphobia and hate/fear of Muslims is big business in America. The President has cracked the door open for communication BOTH ways.

This is an excellent first step and I am pleased. I'm also keeping my eye on Iran. What is happening among the Iranian people post election is interesting indeed.

MadMike said...

I love Eugene Robinson. He is the best of the best. A kind man with a gentle soul.