Obama: See how things work out Moody?Beloved in Ramallah: “When I heard Obama speaking [from Cairo], I felt as if I were listening to the head of an Arab or Islamic state. He’s really a great man.”If you lie down with the dogs, don’t be surprised if you wake up with the fleas. KGSH/T: Baron BodisseyPalestinian Affairs: Obama-hu akbar!
‘For the first time, we feel we have a friend in the White House.” This is what a Palestinian Authority official in Ramallah had to say this week, after listening to US President Barack Obama’s address to Arabs and Muslims from Cairo. The official’s sentiments reflected those of many Palestinians who are beginning to talk about a “new era” in relations between the Arabs and the US under the Obama administration. Words of praise for an American president are extremely rare in the Arab world. But Obama appears to be headed toward making history by becoming the first US president in modern history who is not being accused of bias toward Israel, and who is being hailed for his “balanced” approach to the Israeli-Arab conflict. For some Palestinians, Obama may even turn out to be better than most of the Arab and Muslim leaders. As one woman in Ramallah put it, “When I heard Obama speaking [from Cairo], I felt as if I were listening to the head of an Arab or Islamic state. He’s really a great man.”