Obama to Arabs: Let’s Spend the Night Together (on Arabic TV)

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Obama gave his first televised interview since becoming president yesterday. Which network did he choose for the honor? Al Arabiya–the Arabic satellite network with an audience of 23 million across the MidEast. Now we know there’s been a little tension between the U.S. and the Arab world over the past, oh let’s say eight years, and Cowboy George wasn’t so much into diplomacy as he was to blowin’ shiz up and talkin’ funny, so we’ve got some work to do.

What did our fearless leader have to say?

  • “Americans are not your enemy.” Phew, glad he got that one out of the way, cause I was not aching for another fight. Time.com said in response that, “Obama seems intent on winning over the Arab world, to bolster U.S. credibility in pushing his Middle East policy, by leveraging his personal popularity on the Muslim street based largely on his Muslim roots and underdog image and by effectively campaigning for support among Muslims as he did for American voters.” In other words, Muslims and Arabs will swoon for that lanky designer-clad bod, and goofy smile as much as we did. And, hey, Michelle’s a fox in any language.
  • “We sometimes make mistakes. We have not been perfect. But if you look at the track record, as you say, America was not born as a colonial power, and that the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there’s no reason why we can’t restore that. And that I think is going to be an important task.” Wow. Admitting our country isn’t always perfect is change indeed, but frankly we thought he should’ve been more specific: “Britney post Federline was a mistake, as was giving the Oscar to Crash.”
  • “[Al Qaeda] seem nervous. What that tells me is that their ideas are bankrupt.” Good, great, awesome, cause they’ve been making me nervous for oh about eight years and I’d love to turn the tables on those dudes. In his last audio tape, bin Laden said Obama carried a “heavy inheritance” from George Bush, trying to push the international Bush-bashing over to a new administration. But the world is having none of that as Obama’s approval ratings are through the roof…even in Iraq.
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