After being the first American President to address the Muslim world in his Inaugural Address, Barack Obama took it a step further on Monday by granting his first formal interview to Arabic news network Al-Arabiya.
The interview was refreshing to see, especially when he spoke specifically about the leaders of Al-Queda and the bankruptcy of their ideas:
There’s no actions that they’ve taken that say a child in the Muslim world is getting a better education because of them, or has better health care because of them.
In my inauguration speech, I spoke about: You will be judged on what you’ve built, not what you’ve destroyed. And what they’ve been doing is destroying things. And over time, I think the Muslim world has recognized that that path is leading no place, except more death and destruction.
Now, my job is to communicate the fact that the United States has a stake in the well-being of the Muslim world, that the language we use has to be a language of respect. I have Muslim members of my family. I have lived in Muslim countries.
When you have a President who can say he has lived in Muslim countries and has Muslim relatives it certainly adds weight to his resume. His presence in the White House goes a long way in devaluing the arguments of those in the Muslim world with radical anti-American views.
On a lighter note, I wonder how upset the American networks are that they couldn’t get that first interview.