Monday, April 06, 2009

The President in Turkey

Obama tells Turkey: U.S. ‘not at war with Islam’
In parliament, president calls for greater partnership with Islamic world

ANKARA, Turkey - Barack Obama, making his first visit to a Muslim nation as president, declared Monday the United States “is not and will never be at war with Islam.”

Urging a greater partnership with the Islamic world in an address to the Turkish parliament, Obama called the country an important ally in many areas, including the fight against terrorism. He devoted much of his speech to urging a greater bond between Americans and Muslims, portraying terrorist groups such as al-Qaida as extremists who do not represent the vast majority of Muslims.

“Let me say this as clearly as I can,” Obama said. “The United States is not and will never be at war with Islam. In fact, our partnership with the Muslim world is critical ... in rolling back the violent ideologies that people of all faiths reject.”

The U.S. president is trying to mend fences with a Muslim world that felt it had been blamed by America for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Arab channels carry Obama live
At a news conference earlier with President Abdullah Gul, Obama dealt gingerly with the issue of alleged genocide committed by Turks against Armenians during World War I. He urged Turks and Armenians to continue a process “that works through the past in a way that is honest, open and constructive.”

Al Jazeera and Al Arabiyia, two of the biggest Arabic satellite channels, carried Obama’s speech live.

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1 comment:

The Angry Independent said...

This foreign trip was interesting because for the past week I paid attention to how the mainstream media over-analyzed & questioned everything Pres. Obama did.

When he became President I knew that this was going to be the case (receiving more scrutiny & being questioned about everything) but watching it is amusing. If Obama scratches his nose.... it becomes something that will be analyzed by some pundit. Talk Radio is particularly bad - they are really having a field day.

But it seems Bush wasn't questioned anywhere near the same degree.

Part of that is the difference in race.... I knew that since Obama was "Black" as most like to call him, he would be questioned about everything. This seems to happen to Black folks in the matter how high up they get. It's like there is this defacto, unspoken rule that Blacks need an extra eye kept on them....especially when they gain more responsibility.

Part of this circus has to do with the transition in media over the last 15 years or so...where good investigative journalism has been replaced by this infotainment that we see. The Ed Bradley's have been shoved out of the way. So as a way to fill the time, networks have to find ramble about. It's no surprise that I found nothing substantive from the big media;s "news" coverage of the past week.