Obama Plans Major Address in Islamic Capital

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  1. Route 66

    Route 66 Well-Known Member

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    Obama plans major address in Islamic capital


    WASHINGTON, (AFP) – President-elect Barack Obama plans to give "a major address" in an Islamic capital soon after taking office as he seeks to mend America's image in the Muslim world, a Chicago Tribune interview said.

    "I think we've got a unique opportunity to reboot America's image around the world and also in the Muslim world in particular," Obama said in the interview published late Tuesday on the Tribune's website.

    Obama promised an "unrelenting" desire to "create a relationship of mutual respect and partnership in countries and with peoples of good will who want their citizens and ours to prosper together."

    The world "is ready for that message."

    While he described a fresh approach to diplomacy, Obama said his administration would not shrink from the struggle against terrorism, referring to the recent attacks on India's financial capital.

    "The message I want to send is that we will be unyielding in stamping out the terrorist extremism we saw in Mumbai," said Obama, who gave the interview from his transition team's offices in Chicago.

    The Tribune wrote that Obama "plans to give a major address in an Islamic capital as part of his global outreach" but did not quote him directly.

    Obama also said he would be sworn on January 20 using his full name, Barack Hussein Obama.

    During the presidential campaign, some of Obama's political opponents would refer to his middle name in an attempt to portray him as a secret Muslim.

    But the Christian president-elect said he would follow tradition for the inauguration ceremony.

    "I think the tradition is that they use all three names, and I will follow the tradition," Obama told the paper. "I'm not trying to make a statement one way or another. I'll do what everybody else does."
  2. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    They better not use his middle name in the inauguration ceremony the liberals will get all upset. :D
  3. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    Why would "the liberals" be upset when the man wants them to say his middle name? "The liberals" voted him in knowing what his middle name is.
  4. DragonCowboy

    DragonCowboy Well-Known Member

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    Only if he's portrayed as "B. Hussein Obama". Then yeah, they'd be upset. Understandably.
  5. Aikbach

    Aikbach Well-Known Member

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    The speech sounds like an empty gesture and a security nightmare to boot.
  6. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    You're right, let's keep doing what we've been doing instead, that's been working well.
  7. Aikbach

    Aikbach Well-Known Member

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    Obama seems to think so since he kept Gates and brought in General Jones who shares McCain's foreign policy views.

    But yes giving a speech in a hostile environment sounds just peachy, I'm sure it will win them over instantly, if the Death to America chants don't drown him out.

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