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Andrew Sullivan on Obama’s TV interview

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Andrew Sullivan has a very good post on Obama’s first TV interview as president:

It popped up on television last night and I had two reactions. The first was a sense of met expectation. Part of the rationale for Obama’s presidency from a foreign policy perspective was always his unique capacity to rebrand America in the eyes of the Muslim world. Since even the hardest core neocons agree that wooing the Muslim center is critical to winning the long war against Jihadism, Obama’s outreach is unremarkable and should be utterly uncontroversial. Bush tried for a while to do the same. But Karen Hughes is not exactly Barack Obama. And the simple gesture of choosing an Arab media outlet for his first televised interview as president is extremely powerful. It has the elegance of a minimalist move with maximalist aims. It is about the same thing as inviting Rick Warren or supping with George Will: it’s about R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

This respect came with the following astonishing words: …

Continue reading.

UPDATE: Also read what John Cole has to say. Sullivan is a conservative today, and John Cole was a conservative until the Bush Administration made him a Democrat.

Written by Leisureguy

27 January 2009 at 11:09 am

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